Phase Three is essentially the ‘polishing’ of the recruits, when their skills and knowledge are honed and tested.
Phase Three begins with Table 2 firing, where recruits learn to fire their rifle under more realistic combat conditions, such as unknown distances, at night, and wearing a gas mask.
During Basic Warrior Training (BWT), they learn the fundamentals of combat, they sleep in the field and eat MREs. Skills taught include camouflage, low crawling, land navigation, basic squad tactics, rappelling, and other foundations of military skills.
After this week, recruits return to garrison for the final drill competition, take the final PFT, and take the final written test (which culminates all of their academic and classroom topics); each event has a trophy for the highest-scoring platoon. At this point, recruits will take their MCMAP test and earn their tan belt; those who fail are dropped. Recruits then prepare for the Crucible.