Frequently Asked Questions
1.) What are the battalions within the 3rd Brigade Combat Team?
1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment - “Chosin”
2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment – “Catamounts”
3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment – “Titans”
4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment – “Wolfpack”
3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion -- "Vanguards"
710th Brigade Support Battalion -- "Spartan Support"
2.) Where have the Spartans deployed?
The Spartans have deployed to Afghanistan three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2005. They continue to prepare for their next mission in support of global contingency operations worldwide. They have earned two Meritorious Unit Citations for exemplary service in combat.
3.) I am being assigned to the 3rd IBCT. What is expected of me once I arrive?
Welcome to the Spartan Brigade, the best brigade in the U.S. Army. You are arriving to a unit with high professional standards, Soldiers who epitomize the Army Values and Warrior Ethos and are physically fit, mentally tough, and always preparing for the next mission. We are an organization is relied upon to answer the Nation’s call whenever we are needed. You should arrive ready to exceed the standards.
4.) Where can I go to find information on activities in the North Country?
5.) What is the brigade’s motto and what does it mean?
The brigade’s motto is, “With Your Shield or On It!”
Spartan women would tell their husbands and sons before they headed off to war - "With your shield, or on it." Honor in battle was cherished. Spartan warriors carried large shields into battle. If a man came home without his shield, it was obvious he had dropped it to run from the battle. If a man fell in battle, his friends carried him home on his shield. The saying told the men that they were to return victorious - with their shield, or injured or dead -on it.
6.) I see Soldiers wearing different colored reflective belts during PT. What’s the reason for that?
Under the 10th Mountain Division policy, Soldiers wear a different colored PT belt depending on their rank. All officers wear blue reflective belts, NCOs wear green reflective belts, and junior enlisted Soldiers wear yellow reflective belts. Battalion-level and higher command teams wear a blue reflective vest for PT.
7.) How does my family get involved with the Spartan Brigade?
Each of our battalions has an active Family Readiness Group which exists to bring Soldiers’ Families together for activities, promotes esprit de corps among Soldiers and their Families, and serves as a link between deployed units and their Families back home.
Contact your battalion for more information on getting involved with the FRG.
8.) What are the PT hours for the Spartans?
Spartan Soldiers conduct PT from 0700-0830 Monday through Friday.
9.) What is the average weather like at Fort Drum?
The summers here in the North Country are mild and pleasant, with an average high of 77 degrees. The winters are cold with a lot of snow, and have an average high of 33 degrees. The spring and fall seasons are both mild and pleasant.
10.) What are the seven Army Values?
Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage
11.) What are the Army's Warrior Ethos?
I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.
12.) What is the Soldier's Creed?
I am an American Soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself. I am an expert and I am a professional. I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American Soldier.