This experience may be difficult for me to relay to some people on a face to face basis, so I am cross posting a... smei-blog that I have written for the National Guard Forums. My original idea behind posting these there was to help out those who came after me, give them a little insight as to what they should expect when they go to their first drill weekend at an RSD (recruit sustainment detachment). The idea of the RSD is to prepare new warriors for basic training, it gives us guard soldiers a leg up on Regular Army recruits (who go to the same BCT as we do). Instead of worrying about the small things like PT, cadence, etc. We can instantly step up in to leadership roles, and be high speed right off the bat.
Anyway, I have been to two drill weekends, the most recent one being this weekend. After each, I have posted a summary of these drills. I have decided to post them here to give my family and friends some insight in to my military experience.
As a side note, the SFC that runs Det. 11 made it a point to find out who I was while we were doing the AAR today. Just a moment of recognition as he was talking about warrior knowledge resources online. It was surprising to know that not only new recruits are reading my words, but the NCO's as well.
First weekend, which came about a few days after my final enlistment contract was finished and I was sworn in at MEPS (military entrance processing station), Sept 12-13: