What is basic training like in the National Guard?
As noted at the Army Basic website, National Guard recruits attend basic combat training at U.S. Army installations alongside their Army Reserve and active Army counterparts. In the “One Army” era, all soldiers receive the same challenging and rigorous training and must meet the same standards that are designed to transform civilian volunteers into confident, competent soldiers able to shoot, move and communicate on the modern battlefield.FeaturesBasic training consists of nine weeks. Training is organized into three 3-week phases: Phase 1 (Red Phase), Phase 2 (White Phase) and Phase 3 (Blue Phase). Adjustment to basic training is somewhat stressful in that recruits are kept busy from the time they get up in the mornings until they go to bed in the evenings. Little free time is permitted.Reception BattalionBasic training begins with arrival at a Reception Battalion. Recruits complete necessary paperwork, receive medical checkups and inoculations, haircuts, uniform issues and perform an