The Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Course, also known at the 18Bravo Course, is an experience that few have the cojones to face. In this course you learn all manner of killing people, places, and things with a variety of direct and indirect weaponry. Basically, it’s a gun nut’s wet dream come true. The purpose of the course is to train potential 18Bs in the basics of their job: weapons handling, maintenance, techniques, and employment.
Lots of jokes going around about 18Bravos, you bastards, but I’m proof that we are at least somewhat able to read and write. While I carried around a big box full of tools and spare parts wherever I went, myth and legend has it that an 18Bravo only needs one tool to accomplish his job:
We actually get these hammers to take the back trigger plate off the Russian DShK machine gun, but somehow during the course of our job they become the go to tool for every task and purpose. “Fuck it dude, just get me the big fucking hammer…”
The 18Bravo course is broken down into phases: first you learn how to assemble, disassemble, and conduct functions checks on light weapons. This includes pistols, rifles, sub machine guns, shotguns, some sniper rifles, grenade launchers, and machine guns. I must admit, the MG3 got the best of me, damn Nazi machine guns…
Next you learn mechanical mortars (60mm and 81mm), before moving onto Forward Observer tasks, and learning how to run a Fire Direction Center. There is also a week of Anti-Tank and Anti-Aircraft weapons, which includes familiarization and simulator work. Of course you get to fire all this stuff out at the range. It looked a little something like this:
Oh man, the instructors got in some trouble for that video, but that is another story. Next, we’ll talk about the final FTX we did at the end of the course with the 18E and 18C students. Trust me, hilarity ensued!
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