Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a US Army Soldier?
Are You Smarter Than a US Army Soldier?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

It takes nerves of steel survive a firefight in a war zone. It also takes fundamental knowledge of Army procedures, command structure, communication, marching practice and a whole lot of other skills that civilians never stop to consider. In the United States Armed Forces, Army troops have to absorb and remember a multitude of critical details while enemy soldiers are frantically trying to kill them. In this hardcore quiz, do you think you’re smarter than an average U.S. soldier?

Green recruits start their Army careers in basic training, or boot camp. There, they get a taste of the physical, mental and emotional conditioning they need to set aside their primal fears and carry assault rifles into a frenzied combat zone. Without a basic grasp of troop formations, line of fire and coordination, chaos ensues … and people die. Do you think you know enough about the Army to make it through even one week of basic training, much less a full-scale offensive?

Soldiers need to know how to break down, clean and reassemble their weapons in a hurry. They must understand their basic caloric intake in order to fuel themselves for battle. They have to realize how critical it is to follow orders under fire, otherwise their entire mission may be jeopardized.

Let’s see if you’re cut out to be a U.S. Army soldier. Take aim at this Army quiz now!

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Which of the following ranks is the highest?
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How do soldiers receive their daily duties?
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At 1900 hours, what time is it?
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"Buddy teams" are a fundamental concept of ____.
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Which of the following units is largest?
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Which of the following is NOT one of the official Army values?
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Which officer would likely be in charge of a platoon?
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If your superior officer tells you to "double time," what do you have to do?
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In the military's phonetic alphabet, what word is used for the letter "O"?
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The "chain of _____" is how orders are passed from generals to privates.
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Who is in charge of basic combat training for new recruits?
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In the military's phonetic alphabet, which word represents the letter "T"?
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What's the effective firing range of an M16 rifle?
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What time is it at 0200 hours?
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What body part is essential during a high crawl on a battlefield?
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What do soldiers learn at BRM?
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How should you cross a wire obstacle on battlefield?
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What's the purpose of bangalore torpedoes?
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Which word does the Army use for "W" in its phonetic alphabet?
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What is midnight in military time?
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What happen during an Entry Level Separation?
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If a drill sergeant yells a question at you during basic training, how do you respond?
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What skills do soldiers hone during the fourth week of basic combat training?
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A company contains _____ platoons.
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