New recruits demonstrate skills with hand grenade training

During a hand grenade portion of basic training, soldiers in D Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, practice the appropriate stance for grenade throwing June 9 on Sand Hill. (Photos by Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

(Fort Benning, Ga.) During a hand grenade portion of basic training, soldiers in D Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, practice the appropriate stance for grenade throwing June 9 on Sand Hill. (Photos by Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /
A Soldier practices tossing a grenade June 9 on Sand Hill. (Photos by Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

A Soldier practices tossing a grenade June 9 on Sand Hill.

Basic trainees seeking to become Infantrymen focused on hand grenade training June 9 at the Malone Complex on Fort Benning.

During the six-hour course, trainees were briefed on hand grenade operation, how to hold a hand grenade, how to correctly throw a hand grenade and how to kneel after one is thrown.

The training began with a safety briefing in the morning at mock bay before their grenade assessment phase at live bay.

“The mock bay brief exists to give Soldiers more practice throws with their grenade before going to live bay,” said Sgt. 1st Class James Scates Jr., noncommissioned officer in charge of Malone 1 hand grenades.

Soldiers learn how to handle and operate hand grenades June 9 at mock bay on Sand Hill. (Photos by Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

Soldiers learn how to handle and operate hand grenades June 9 at mock bay on Sand Hill.

The event is a graduation requirement for basic combat training. Over a period of 14 weeks, trainees acquire tactical and survival skills that can be used during future missions and exercises.

Recruits used two M67 grenades to correctly and accurately throw in designated lanes.

“The objective is to have a grenade land at least 35 meters away from you,” stated Scates.

During a six-hour block of instruction, soldiers learned about hand grenades. In this picture they practice kneeling after throwing a hand grenade. (Photos by Markeith Horace/MCoE PAO Photographer)

During a six-hour block of instruction, soldiers learned about hand grenades. In this picture they practice kneeling after throwing a hand grenade.

A collective 196 Soldiers trained with hand grenades at the complex. Soldiers who did not execute their throws correctly will recycle to another company for another opportunity to graduate.

“It’s a confidence booster,” said Staff Sgt. David McPeak, instructor at Malone 1.

“To have a live grenade in your hand, to some people, is a scary event. It’s an explosive. Your life depends on whether or not you know how to properly arm and properly hold that hand grenade. It’s a big confidence booster.”

Scates reflected on his experience with hand grenades.

“I used hand grenades when I was in Afghanistan. We used them in doorways where we knew improvised explosive devices were. For the Taliban or al-Qaida, implementing IEDs was their way of fighting us. Grenades can also be used within ambushes so that you can quickly maneuver through enemies.”

After trainees have completed their BCT, they will go back to their units to receive further orders.

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