Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP)
What is it? The ARNG Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) is similar to the Army and USAR Delayed Entry Program (DEP) as the formal process for indoctrinating and preparing ARNG Soldiers for the successful completion of their Initial Active Duty Training (IADT). Army and USAR DEP Soldiers initially contract at the MEPS and remain in the DEP until they return for their actual enlistment and IADT ship processing. ARNG Soldiers are accessed during the initial MEPS processing and are on active, paid drilling status while awaiting their IADT ship date. They drill with their State's RSP until they depart for Basic Combat Training (BCT), and then join their actual unit of assignment when they are MOS qualified.
The intent of the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) is to reduce training pipeline losses by introducing newly enlisted ARNG Soldiers to the military environment and to ease their adjustment to BCT and Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
The mission is to prepare non-prior service enlistees, hereafter referred to as "Warriors," for the physical and mental rigors of initial active duty for training; instill the seven Army values in each Warrior; verify that Warriors are administratively, mentally, and physically prepared to meet shipping requirements, and reduce training pipeline losses.
The Recruit Sustainment Program incorporates instruction in: Academic, Physical Readiness, and Common Task Training. Each Warrior will be screened for administrative problems as well as height, weight, and physical fitness. New Warriors will progress through four phases of Soldier Empowerment and Readiness (SEAR) training while attending the RSP Course:
- Red Phase: The Soldier's first RSP drill weekend begins with the Red Phase. During Red Phase, Soldiers are in-processed, integrated and provided instruction on Army Values, chain of command, rank structure, saluting, military time, phonetic alphabet, and more. Warriors receive their Battle Book and Challenge Coin during this drill. Red Phase is usually conducted monthly to review, reinforce, and expand training. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.