This RSD drill happens for one weekend every month before I ship for Basic Training for the National Guard. I have a total of four RSD drills before I ship. Today was the first day of the first RSD drill I have completed. It was everything I expected, but I thought there was going to be more physical training the first day.
I checked in and started our first PT test. For the very first time it is a 1-1-1 format: the most push-ups in one minute, the most sit-ups in one minute, and a timed one mile run. I was not counting how many push-ups and sit ups I did, but I know there is plenty room for improvement. I got 7:58 on my timed one mile run. An 8:30 is required for my age, but I still want to improve this time as well. On the way to the running location, we marched in formation and “sang” out cadence calls. I think that is one very cool thing about marching. There are some platoons that have excellent cadence callers and the SSGT that was calling ours was certainly awesome.
After my PT test, I got a literal one minute shower and got dressed into civilian clothes. Usually after PT, I would dress in ACU’s (Army Combat Uniform) but a lot of the new soldiers alongside of me are not issued them yet due to the defense budget just being passed. The money hasn’t arrived in the Battalion’s account to order new uniforms and other things of that matter. After dressed, I was informed to get a haircut. So boom, just shaved off all the hair with just specks left upon the top.
I continued to head to the classroom where I spent a good amount of time going over technicalities and rules of the Guard. I also learned about the different rankings within the Army and throughout different divisions. I also learned the signs of someone who might be planning to commit suicide and ways to prevent it.
Next, I headed outside to learn several different forms of warm-up exercises. After that I had more classroom work and mainly talked about what the BCT (Basic Training) experience was going to be like. I went back outside for DNC (Drill and Ceremony) instructions. This is where I learned to stand in formation with a platoon. There were many different ways to stand in formation such as: at attention, parade rest, stand at ease, at ease, and rest. I also learned how to fall out and into formation. Marching in formation was another thing that I learned. Also the well-known commands such as right-face, left-face, and about-face, as well as column right and left which turns the direction of the whole platoon while marching.
It was fairly cold outside throughout the day. The SSGT asked if we were cold and one person said yes. So we all got down and did push-ups and flutter kicks over and over. When the SSGT asked again if we were still cold, someone still said yes. And down again we went. After the third time that person finally caught on.
Overall it was a great first day and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s day of drill for this month!