The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. The difference between the Guard and other branches is that while Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed overseas, they are just as likely to serve in their home communities—training just one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year. During local emergencies, Guard units assist residents endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters. Guard companies deployed overseas may see combat, but are often found building schools and hospitals, training local peacekeepers or teaching local farmers more efficient techniques and better uses of their land.
What is the Recruit Sustainment Program? The intent of this program is to reduce training pipeline losses by introducing newly enlisted soldier to the military environment, and to ease their adjustment to Basic Combat and Advance Individual Training. The mission is to prepare non-prior service enlistees, hereafter referred to as "Warriors", for the physical and mental rigors of initial active duty for training (IADT); instill the seven army values in each warrior; reduce training pipeline losses; and verify warriors are administratively, mentally and physically prepared to meet shipping requirements. Training Concept The Recruit Sustainment Program will incorporate instruction in; Academic, Physical Readiness, and Common Task Training. Each Warrior will be screened for administration problems as well as height/weight and physical fitness. New warriors will progress through different phases of Soldier Empowerment and Readiness (SEAR) training while attending the RSP Course. Every summer, VING hosts an RSP Boot Camp on St. Croix for all RSP Warrors - this week long event is educational, fun, adventurous, and more than the Warriors expect.