Published Jul 31, 2009
I recently joined the US Army Reserves. I will be commissioned Oct 1 as 2LT. My first drill weekend is coming up Aug 15/16. I'm very excited, but also a little unsure what to expect. Any tips? Tricks? Hints? Do's? Dont's? What to expect? I know each unit does their drills differently, but I'd really appreciate any insight views. Thanks!
athena55, BSN, RN
Well, for your first drill I would suggest you wear comfortable, sensible clothes. Hopefully you will be given a sponsor sometime during your first drill or battle assembly. Probably have some paperwork to fill out.....Look for your 1SGT.....
Is your TPU (Troop Program Unit) located on a post with a military clothing store? If it is, I would suggest you go there to check out the prices for your first set of ACU's, boots, socks, cover (the black beret) and patrol cap, rank insignia...stuff like that.
Make sure you bring your orders with you...but you stated that you will be Commissioned 01 OCT so you might not have any specific orders yet.
If you haven't already done so, sign up for an AKO account (but then again, you might not be able to - yet - until you become a Commissioned Officer. Not sure how that all works)
Once you go to and graduate from OBLC (Officers Basic Leadership Course) at Fort Sam, then you can go to Annual Training (AT). I would suggest you start, if you aren't now, getting "in shape" for your OBLC experience and your drill experience and the bi-annual physical fitness testing.
Hey, HAVE FUN. You will meet so many new people. Remember, the ANC and, for that matter, the Army - will give you back everything you put into it.
My only regret is that I didn't go AD at the very get-go. But, I have met and made friends and learned so much from my time in the Reserves.
I'm confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How does someone report for drill before they have been sworn in????????????? And at what rank will they be paid for those 2 drill weekends? It's a tad early to expect them to do "For God and Country" time lololololol
Ha, yeah I know what you mean, but when I was in the Reserves I met a "future" Officer that knew he was going to be assigned to the TPU and asked if he could come into the Drill/BA early. I know he didn't get paid, but he did get a lot of useful information.
I am pretty sure NurseBa will not be allowed to in-process totally plus she/he will probably not be able to obtain a CAC (military ID) without being Commissioned first.
I sure hope they explained this!!!! I thought something else had changed lolololol
I know it's crazy and totally different, so I'll try to explain. The Military started a pilot program this year called MAVNI (MILITARY ACCESSIONS VITAL TO NATIONAL INTEREST ). This allows for recruitment certain legal aliens whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest. Those holding critical skills - physicians, nurses, and certain experts in language with associated cultural backgrounds - would be eligible. For HCPs, they decided that the applicant must serve two monthly drills as an E4 before he/she can be commissioned as an officer. so... that's why I can't be commissioned until Oct 1 :). hope it makes a little more sense now.
Wow, that sounds cool. Thanks for explaining about the MAVNI!
i will suggest that you go to www.goarmy .com to ask your question...they do have a online group discussion under mavni...there you will be able to find answers to must of your questions.
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