• The 115 plus Capitol Recruiting Co. Future Soldiers started the morning of Feb. 11, 2012, with a Army Physical Fitness Test. After the push-up and sit-up portion, the group hit the road for the 2-mile timed run. Following lunch, the Future Soldiers were put into teams according to ship dates and the teams competed in a nine-station obstacle course.

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    The 115 plus Capitol Recruiting Co. Future Soldiers started the morning of Feb. 11, 2012, with a Army Physical Fitness Test. After the push-up and sit-up portion, the group hit the road for the 2-mile timed run. Following lunch, the Future Soldiers...

  • Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Mitchell with 1st Brigade, 415th Regiment, 104th Division (IT), was one of 10 Drill Sergeants who assisted Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. in its mega Future Soldier Training Program event on Feb. 11, 2012. The Drill Sergeants trained the Future Soldiers in the 3-5 second buddy rush and the proper way to throw a hand grenade. Both events were part of a nine-station obstacle course.

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    Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Mitchell with 1st Brigade, 415th Regiment, 104th Division (IT), was one of 10 Drill Sergeants who assisted Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. in its mega Future Soldier Training Program...

  • Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Mitchell with 1st Brigade, 415th Regiment, 104th Division (IT), was one of 10 Drill Sergeants who assisted Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. in its mega Future Soldier Training Program event on Feb. 11, 2012. The Drill Sergeants trained the Future Soldiers in the 3-5 second buddy rush and the proper way to throw a hand grenade. Both events were part of a nine-station obstacle course.

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    Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Mitchell with 1st Brigade, 415th Regiment, 104th Division (IT), was one of 10 Drill Sergeants who assisted Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. in its mega Future Soldier Training Program...

  • Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. held a mega Future Soldier Training Program event at an area park on Feb. 11, 2012. One of the nine team competitive events included the litter carry relay. The Future Soldiers are carrying their "patient" and running to cadence during the event.

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    Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. held a mega Future Soldier Training Program event at an area park on Feb. 11, 2012. One of the nine team competitive events included the litter carry relay. The Future Soldiers are carrying their "patient"...

  • Private Cody Matsumoto knocks out some pull-ups while participating in an obstacle course set up during a Sacramento Battalion Future Soldier event at Stone Creek Park in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Feb. 11. Matsumoto, 20, has signed up to train as an Automated Logistical Specialist.

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    Private Cody Matsumoto knocks out some pull-ups while participating in an obstacle course set up during a Sacramento Battalion Future Soldier event at Stone Creek Park in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Feb. 11. Matsumoto, 20, has signed up to train as an...

  • Private Jose E. Tapia-Ramirez seems to float above the sidewalk as he rounds a corner during the 2 mile run of a Physical Fitness test at Stone Creek Community Park in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Feb 11. Tapia-Ramirez, 19, who was taking part in a Sacramento Recruiting Battalion Future Soldier event, will train as a Human Resources Specialist after Basic Training.

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    Private Jose E. Tapia-Ramirez seems to float above the sidewalk as he rounds a corner during the 2 mile run of a Physical Fitness test at Stone Creek Community Park in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Feb 11. Tapia-Ramirez, 19, who was taking part in a...

  • Future Soldier Emmanuel Wollo, a resident alien, makes a face during the 2-minute sit-up portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test. Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. hosted a mega Future Soldier event that started with the APFT in the morning and a nine-station obstacle course in the afternoon. Wollo, who ships on July 3, 2012, enlisted as a Combat Medic (68W). "Never Quit! Always do your best no matter how much it hurts," he said.

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    Future Soldier Emmanuel Wollo, a resident alien, makes a face during the 2-minute sit-up portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test. Sacramento Battalion's Capitol Recruiting Co. hosted a mega Future Soldier event that started with the APFT in the...

CAPITOL CO. PARTNERS WITH DRILL SERGEANTS TO ADD REALISTIC DIMENSION

SACRAMENTO -- Capitol Recruiting Co. provided extra motivation for their Future Soldier pool at a Feb. 11, 2012, mega event by offering a chance to participate in the Sacramento Kings Military Night and the bragging rights that come with being the first place team.

Station Commanders and Noncommissioned Officers from Capitol Company's seven stations teamed up with 10 Army Reserve Drill Sergeants to make this Future Soldier Training Program (FSTP) event much more than just a basic training readiness event. The Future Soldiers were put into teams by ship date instead of by recruiting station. "This allowed the Future Soldiers to interact with other station Future Soldiers as well as being able to bond with those battle buddies they will ship with when heading to basic training," said Capitol Co. Commander Capt. Jamie Grymes.

Competition revolved around a nine station obstacle course which included the 3-5 second buddy rush, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, bear crawl, crab walk, hand grenade toss, a sprint, and litter carry relay. The Drill Sergeants provided training on correctly throwing a hand grenade and the 3-5 second buddy rush prior to the team competition. "The competition really motivated the Future Soldiers during the event, and the following weeks," Grymes said. "It was a break in their training routine."

Future Soldier Jose Tapia-Ramirez said the FSTP challenged him both physically and mentally. "I have learned my true capabilities through fun and challenging activities," he said. "I got to interact with real Drill Sergeants and simulate grenade throwing. I now know what is expected and I feel I am prepared for basic training."

Grymes said that the Future Soldiers were expecting a physically challenging event, but most were caught off guard at just how rigorous it turned out to be. He added that the challenge proved to be very motivating.

"I really liked how the NCOs trained with us, not just telling us how to do it," said Future Soldier Anias Logan.

"I liked the competitions and the way team-building is encouraged." Future Soldier Cody Matsumoto said, echoing Logan's sentiment. "I really liked the teamwork and the way the NCOs incorporated the Warrior Ethos during PT (physical training)."

Rancho Cordova Army Career Center Noncommissioned Officer Sgt. Adam Montgomery organized the competition, and Station Commander Staff Sgt. Geno Nash executed the event.

"I felt the training was a great realistic environment for the Future Soldiers because of the Drill Sergeants presence," said Nash. "In future events I will always implement the Drill Sergeants into the events."

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