Soldier Life


Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP)

Before you ship to Basic Combat Training (BCT), you will attend the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP). These weekends will be your introduction to BCT and will get you started and keep you on track mentally, physically, emotionally and administratively while you prepare for your career in the Guard. RSP drills give you an opportunity to start getting comfortable with the terminology and protocols that are part of Guard service-and you will be getting paid for the time you spend at RSP. RSP is broken into 5 phases - Red, White, Blue, Green, and Gold. Watch this short video to see what a day in the life of an RSP Soldier looks like.


Basic Combat Training (BCT)

Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a training course that transforms civilians into Soldiers. Over the course of ten weeks, these recruits learn about the seven Core Army Values, how to work together as a team and what it takes to succeed as a Soldier in the U.S. Army. Every Warrior needs to be physically and mentally tough. Basic Training is designed to help our Warriors meet the Army's rigid standards. The training you will receive is divided into three distinct phases: red, white, and blue phases. Check out this video to see what life in BCT is like!


Advanced Individual Training (AIT)

Once you've finished BCT, life in the military begins. You'll learn what to do with your paperwork, move into Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and begin studying your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Whether you go right after Basic Combat Training or after your Phase 2 RSP (Recruit Sustainment Program) training, you'll eventually go to Advanced Individual Training (AIT). In all likelihood, unless you're in One Station Unit Training (OSUT), your AIT will be at a different post from your BCT. At the time you leave for AIT, you'll have graduated from BCT and will have been trained for every Soldier's primary responsibility-being a combat rifleman. During AIT, you'll learn your secondary area of responsibility, your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Upon completion of AIT, you will be MOS Qualified, or MOSQ.


Drill Weekend

Once you complete BCT and AIT, you come back to Montana to serve as a proud member of the Montana Army National Guard. Here is where your hard work and training will pay off serving your community, state, and country. One weekend each month, Montana Army National Guard Soldiers report to their assigned unit for training, also known as "drill". Here, they train and rehearse the skills of combat, their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), and perform physical fitness activities. Typically, National Guard Soldiers are required to attend one drill weekend each month and one annual training period (usually 2 weeks in the summer) each year. Weekend drills usually consist of one Saturday and Sunday each month. Annual training typically lasts for two weeks in the summer and makes use of your military occupational specialty in direct and often rigorous ways. All units have additional specialties, such as medics, personnel, mechanics, and chaplains that make them highly operational and self-sufficient. Units also have other roles, often referred to as additional duties, where unit members can expand their responsibilities and experience. These additional roles are often voluntary and can range from armory locks and key custodian to family and community activities planner. New Soldiers quickly learn that a drill weekend can contain many moving parts. That is where true teamwork and exceptional leaders shine. Good leaders are present at every level, stepping up to, sometimes, unassigned or assumed tasks, ensuring the weekend's activities are completed and executed at the highest level of proficiency and professionalism.