La. National Guard recruits conduct high impact training

By Staff Sgt. Gregory Stevens, 241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Louisiana National Guard recruits with Company A, Recruit Sustainment Program run through an obstacle course at Camp Minden in Minden, La., July 10, 2021. The training was part of their high impact training, which is designed to prepare them for life in the Guard once they get to their units. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cadet Anna M. Churco) NEW ORLEANS – Recruits with Company A, Recruit Sustainment Program conducted a series of high impact training events at Camp Minden in Minden, La., July 10.

The training included descending a rappel tower, familiarization with a Black Hawk helicopter, smoke signals, the new army combat fitness test, battle drills, ruck marching and more.

“This helps to prepare them for what they will experience during the first three weeks of basic training,” said Maj. John A. Carmouche, Jr., A Company Commander. “We get them uniforms, and we teach them customs and courtesies. This program is very impactful for these young adults as they transition into military life.”

The hands-on training was conducted by cadre who share the great responsibility of properly preparing the recruits to take their first stepsLouisiana National Guard recruits with Company A, Recruit Sustainment Program rappel from a tower at Camp Minden in Minden, La., July 10, 2021. The training was part of their high impact training, which is designed to prepare them for life in the Guard once they get to their units. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cadet Anna M. Churco) into their respective military careers.

“Most of these recruits have not been to basic training,” said Staff Sgt. Roy Barker, one of the cadre at RSP. “We have recruits at their first drill and some at their third drill. Some have gone to basic training and are awaiting AIT. One of the biggest joys is seeing them enlist. I tell them they just did something that ninety-nine percent of the population cannot or will not do.”

In spite of the heat, the participating recruits approached the training in an enthusiastic manner.

Louisiana National Guard recruits with Company A, Recruit Sustainment Program receive training on UH-60 Black Hawks at Camp Minden in Minden, La., July 10, 2021. The training was part of their high impact training, which is designed to prepare them for life in the Guard once they get to their units. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cadet Anna M. Churco) “I have learned that I need to be quick on my feet doing a lot of things … I don’t have time to pause and second guess myself,” said Private 1st. Class Shanique Taylor, a recruit from Bossier City. “I should know what to do and when to do it. I like the fact that we do things before we leave for Basic Training, so that way I’m not lost on what I’ll be doing.”

RSP high impact events are conducted on a biannual basis.

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