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  • Drill weekend visit

    I'm currently waiting for waivers to be accepted again before i can enlist, so my recruiter wanted me to go to a drill weekend next month. what exactly does this entail?

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    He may be talking about RSP. It is a program for soldiers waiting to go to BCT or AIT. It give you the opportunity to prepare for your basic training. I've gone to 3 drills so far and I've enjoyed all of them. It was a little strange at first. There are PT sessions both days. Then there are plenty of briefings on a variety of different topics from harassment to suicide prevention. Also lots of hands on training like first aid and how to correctly call in a med-evack. Some even get to do paint ball in a battle formation.

    It's got it's good points and bad points. The hardest thing for me to get used to was all the really young kids (I'm a little older) that like to mess around. But, I got used to it pretty quickly. If you have the chance to go, I'd highly recommend going!

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    • #3
      [QUOTE=clyde]It's got it's good points and bad points. The hardest thing for me to get used to was all the really young kids (I'm a little older) that like to mess around. But, I got used to it pretty quickly. If you have the chance to go, I'd highly recommend going![/QUOTE]

      Don't let the kids get you down, Pops. :D

      They can be wicked annoying, I agree. Think of it this way though, your NCOs are probably thinking the same thing, and I bet you look a lot more squared away than they are.

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        Lets put it this way. Every time I was asked what my general orders were, I knew them cause I had practiced them. Same with the army song, Army values, and soldiers creed. The didn't give me any trouble. I never got dropped once! Then, I though it was funny that after I helped serve chow for breakfast, I was the last one into the locker rooms to change into my ACU's. But, I was the first person standing in formation. The NCO's that are younger than I am are very respectful to me.

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        • #5
          Yes, you'll be drilling with an RSP unit

          depending on where you are, you could be doing weapon maintance to paintball 'battles'... some even are lucky to fly around in blackhawks, and I have seen someone mention here that they did repelling from blackhawks lol...

          our unit does land nav (you even get to carry an M16 lol) M249 maintance, M16 Maintance, AT-4 drills, Claymore drills etc etc....

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            [QUOTE=taseal]Yes, you'll be drilling with an RSP unit

            depending on where you are, you could be doing weapon maintance to paintball 'battles'... some even are lucky to fly around in blackhawks, and I have seen someone mention here that they did repelling from blackhawks lol...

            our unit does land nav (you even get to carry an M16 lol) M249 maintance, M16 Maintance, AT-4 drills, Claymore drills etc etc....[/QUOTE]

            Or you could be at an RSP like mine where we do PT in the mornings, and then spend time in the afternoons between D&C outside (marching) and sitting inside in a classroom learning about education benefits or trying to get people to memorize their soldier's creed/general orders.

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=plano2001]Or you could be at an RSP like mine where we do PT in the mornings, and then spend time in the afternoons between D&C outside (marching) and sitting inside in a classroom learning about education benefits or trying to get people to memorize their soldier's creed/general orders.[/QUOTE]
              We spent well over 2 hours on D and C this weekend. It was nice to get in the pratice. I loved the group runs.

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              • #8
                Re: Drill weekend visit

                that sounds like a good time, now I'm bummed i couldn't go this weekend. anyone know what the Wisconsin one is like?

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                • #9
                  Re: Drill weekend visit

                  [QUOTE=Jgradu]that sounds like a good time, now I'm bummed i couldn't go this weekend. anyone know what the Wisconsin one is like?[/QUOTE]

                  It depends which one you go to...they had just gone from 5 RSP locations to 10 as I was leaving for basic in January. I'm pretty sure they were trying to get Drill Sergeants at all 10 locations. Which one are you going to?

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                  • #10
                    thats a good question. I would leave from the armory in Superior, so somewhere in western WI. my recruiter told me where it was a while ago but i don't remember anymore

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                    • #11
                      Re: Drill weekend visit

                      Well, i had good time at the drill in Rice Lake. I had a to learn how to eat, walk and dress myself all over again.

                      We first got into formation and did my best to imitate everyone. after that i did the 2-2-2 with the green phase. then I was issued some ACUs which i thought was pretty cool since I'm still waiting for the ARNG to accept people with waivers. Then we did water survival training which was cool and also hard since i suck at swimming. then we went back to the army and had MREs for lunch. Then we did bayonet training, Drill and Ceremony and classroom. The next day we did a two mile road march and classroom.

                      I was a little surprised at how laid back everything was during the weekend, but i was still sore afterward. I sure am excited for Oct. 1 to roll around now. I hope this helps anyone in WI

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