National Guard Boot Camp
National Guardsman go to the same 10 week Boot Camp as the Army. The following is an overview of what you can expect each week and what it takes to graduate and become a National Guardsman.
Week 0: Reception Week
The Reception Battalion receives, processes and ships "ready to train" Warriors to Basic Combat Training (BCT). Reception helps the Warrior work through administrative issues that could lead to a delay in basic training start date, not getting paid properly and a delay in Family Member medical coverage.
Week 1-3: Red Phase
The Red Phase is the soldierization phase. According to the new soldiers, it's the hardest part. It teaches discipline, honor and integrity. This phase reinforces the Warrior's confidence, spirit of teamwork, personal courage and trust in their fellow Warrior.
The Drill Sergeant serves as coach, trainer and mentor with a strong personal interest in the Warrior's successful completion of BCT. It's their mission to train and prepare disciplined, combat-ready Warriors.
Weeks 4-6: White Phase
The White Phase is more advanced training, teaching the art of living the army values. There is an emphasis on personal courage and digging deep in order to complete the mission.
Most injuries are a result of Warriors not being physically fit. Many injuries can be prevented through an individual PT program. One in four ARNG Warriors have difficulty meeting the Physical Training (PT) Assessment Standards. Warriors may be recycled for not meeting PT assessment standards. Requirements are, males; 13 push-ups,17 sit-ups and 8:30 one mile. Females; 3 push-ups, 17 sit-ups and 10:30 one mile.
Weeks 5-9: Blue Phase
The Blue Phase is made up of the Final Field Training Exercises. It includes Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), Convoy Live Fire, Warrior Challenge and The Return.