101ST AIRBORNE PATCH

101st Airborne
Yearbook 1968

There is a Soldier
Arrival
Decisions Makers
Support
Tet 68
JebStuart
LLRP's
Brothers in Combat
Carentan I
Vietnam People
Carentan II
Battle of Phouoc Yen
Delaware
Serts
Somersetplain
NevadaEagle
Battle Nuike Mtn 
III Corps Fighting
Awards



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COMBAT MISSIONS OF THE 1ST BRIGADE

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SERTS

 

There are no ivy-covered walls and the atmosphere on "campus" is hardly intellectual, but few schools are held in higher esteem among Division Paratroopers.
     For every lieutenant and junior enlisted man in the 101st, the first stop after joining the Division is the Screaming Eagle Replacement Training School at Bien Hoa.  The curriculum consists of only one course which lasts five days, but four years of college could not be as important to the education of any combat soldier.  Lessons learned at SERTS have saved many lives.
     Besides providing a transition period to adjust to a tropical  combat zone, the school offers refresher instruction in virtually every subject covered in Basic Combat Training -- with specific application to the Division's area of operations.
     Troopers who have never handled an M-16 or an M-60 soon regard them as old friends when they realize they are the surest tickets to a freedom bird 12 months away.  Training day and night under the watchful eyes of handpicked, combat-experienced NCO's, the replacements become familiar with virtually every weapon in the Army's Vietnam arsenal--as well as Charlie's.
     A realistic enemy village and jungle trail acquaint new Eagles with the mines and booby traps they will strive to avoid for a year.  Reaction courses, guard duty, classes in first aid and field sanitation and, sometimes, an unscheduled mortar attack, all serve to prepare young Paratroopers for the months ahead in I Corps.
     By the time a replacement graduates from the rigors of Camp Ray, a gain in confidence will accompany his improved physical condition. The last day of the course often includes a patrol outside the peri- meter, but by now, a young Eagle could not be more ready to meet his enemy.