Originally Posted by superc
For what it is worth, my understanding is some of the US Armed Forces have dropped bayonet training from Basic Training. Sad.
I went through US Army Basic in 2003. At that time, we were taught bayonet fighting. Out of one side of their mouths, the drill sergeants would tell us that bayonet charges are a thing of the past and we shouldn't expect to use these skills in combat while out the other side of their mouths, they taught us how to fight with bayonets fixed and as handheld knives. It was the full course; not some 1/2 @$$ watered down class. Spent nearly the entire week on it. They taught all the nasty killing business of it such has knocking out an enemy with a rear-naked-choke then stabbing your baoynet in his heart...etc.
One year later, the Brits used a bayonet charge in combat.
I can't speak for the US Marines and I don't know if the Army is doing it in their current
Basic training cycles (but I assume so), but the Army was teaching bayonet tactics as recently as 2003. I don't know about the modern Navy and the Air Force.