Guard members are required to attend one drill weekend each month and one annual
training period each year (usually 2 weeks in the summer).
Weekend drills usually
consist of one Saturday and Sunday each month, but occasionally include reporting
for duty on Friday night.
Initially, all non-prior service personnel are required
to attend initial entry training (IET), also known as Basic Training.
Training, soldiers go to their Advanced Individual Training (AIT) which teaches
them the special skills they will need for their job in the Guard. These schools
can usually be scheduled to accommodate civilian job or school constraints.
time is precious to Army National Guard soldiers. That's why the Guard uses many
unique training methods. From "real-life" training exercises, like
rotations at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, to high-tech
simulation training and distributed learning, the Army National Guard employs
innovative training methods to give its members access to high quality training.
The mission of The Training and Technology Battle Lab (T3BL)
is to create state of the art training environments, integrating relevant emerging
and Distributive Training Technologies into the live, virtual and constructive
environments for our soldiers, communities and nation. T3BL provides a Regional
Battle Simulation Training Center that uses state-of-the-art Training Aids, Devices,
Simulators and Simulations (TADSS) in live, virtual and constructive environments
to enhance the readiness of the Army National Guard, as well as other public
entities. T3BL provides alternate training strategies that are very low-cost
to the client. Who are those clients? The most obvious is the military, but others
include other public entities such as government agencies, police and firefighting
forces. The Port Authority of New York/ New Jersey, for example, has received
Homeland Security and Weapons of Mass Destructions training through T3BL. In
fact, any public entity in need of emergency scenario training might be a T3BL
client. T3BL is cost effective (free in most cases). Everything needed for the
training is on-site, with skilled trainers in a wide variety of areas. When clients
cannot come to the T3BL facility for training, it is possible to arrange training
Civil Support Simulation Exercises
T3BL uses scenarios like this
simulated railroad disaster to train clients. How do you prepare emergency first
responders to be ready for an emergency without putting them through a real disaster?
Experience may be the best teacher, but no one wants to experience a large-scale
disaster in order to be prepared! Community-wide disaster drills can be an effective
method of training, but they are complex, expensive and can be hazardous to personnel
and equipment. A computer simulation exercise is the solution and a perfect alternative
to live, costly, complex and dangerous disaster drills. The Army National Guard’s
Battle Staff Training Branch (BSTB) is able to run computer simulations that
replicate your agency’s
equipment and resources at minimal cost in a safe environment. Exercises can
be designed to train a myriad of audiences. Scenarios are easily adaptable to
train local, state, and federal agencies.
Training ARNG soldiers involves unique challenges
such as geographic dispersion, competing civilian employment demands and travel
costs. These factors adversely impact the number of Army National Guard soldiers
trained each year. Distributed learning uses information age technologies to
overcome some of these challenges and increase the number of soldiers trained
at home station. Community and quality of life are also enhanced through opportunities
for shared usage of ARNG distributed learning facilities.