A brief description of what to expect during your Basic Training

  • Reception
  • Direction
  • Endurance
  • Marksmanship
  • Trials
  • Camraderie & Confidence
  • Victory Forge
  • Graduation

You will start learning the Manual of Arms of the M-16 rifle. This is called Army Drill and Ceremonies. You will find out what guard duty is all about - including the composition, purpose, and duties of a guard, and the meaning of General and Special Orders. You may start on your Basic Rifle Marksmanship Course (BRMC) and learn the function and nomenclature of your rifle - how to assemble, disassemble, and clean the weapon and adjust the sight. You will learn to prepare for and have your first barracks inspection. Should your first inspection not be good enough, don't worry - you'll get better.

Basic Training Week to Week

You've Made It You're A Soldier

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Getting started is easier than you think. Below is the path you can expect to take when you're ready to join the Guard.

  • GET STARTED: Locate your local recruiter from Recruiters Area Map to let them know you're interested in learning more. No obligation, no guarantees.

  • TEST: Once you and your Guard representative agree that you're a good fit for the Guard, your next step is to take the ASVAB test. Take our practice ASVAB test.

  • ENLIST: At this point, you will lock in your Basic Combat Training ship date, confirm your Guard job and pay, and take your Oath of Enlistment.

  • PREPARE: Until you ship, you'll attend RSP one weekend a month to learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training.

  • SHIP: It's time for Basic Combat Training. In 10 weeks, you'll be stronger than you've ever been, and ready to be part of the team that protects America.

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