So Saturday and Sunday was my first RSP weekend, and I thought I'd type my thoughts and experience here in case newer warriors or potential enlistees are curious. I have no prior service, and I'm a little older (28) than most of the other warriors there. First thing Saturday morning at 0615 we got into formation, and I immediately had to start learning by watching others and remembering. I was going in hoping to be instructed in everything, but as it turns out being thrown into it was a great way to learn. I knew I would pass the PT test fine, but I didn't know by how much. I did 42 pushups, 29 situps, and ran the mile in 6:51. the pushups and situps were about where I guessed, i knew situps would be my weakest, but my run time kinda surprised me. I was hoping to run it in close to 7:15. I still have a lot of work i want to do between now and my Aug 20 ship date, but i'm pleased with my starting point. after PT test was a lot of death by powerpoint, and since i've had a few jobs most of the HR type stuff I'd heard before, so it was doubly boring. i live close enough to the RSP location that i was able to drive home and sleep in my own bed, and be back at 0600 on sunday. more DBP, then we had a shippers party at the park with softball, and some silly team building relay exercises like bobbing for apples, four man pushups and other stuff. it ended with a water balloon fight where it was mostly the warriors trying to soak the cadre. The highlight of the whole weekend was our Battalion Commander actually made a visit on Saturday and spoke with us. I'm not too green to appreciate how special and rare that was.
Overall it was a great experience. The cadre was great, I was able to get a combination of jumping off the high dive and walking in the shallow end as far as learning military ceremony, etc. There was a lot of hurry up and waiting which I know i have to get used to. there wasn't time for any actual drill instruction, so after we were dismissed sunday i pulled a Cpl to instruct me on the proper way to left face, right face, about face, b/c i knew i had been doing it incorrectly all weekend. he told me that we would get more instruction next drill. one of the other warriors i had met at MEPS b/c we had the same recruiter was there, and it was her second drill, and she said it was cake compared to her first, where they got smoked a lot and had to do a lot more PT. as much fun as the shipper party was, I am looking forward to more "army" stuff. we didn't even go over the history of the National Guard, any songs, general orders, or anything of that nature. Either way, i can tell that overall the RSP is a great program. I'd rather be learning this stuff now and asking the nice cadre for help with stuff than my DS when i get to basic.