ARNG Recruit Sustainment Program

Wednesday October 29, 2008

What is it?

The ARNG Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) was designed for indoctrinating and preparing ARNG Soldiers for the successful completion of their Initial Active Duty Training (IADT). ARNG Soldiers are enrolled into the RSP process 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), fully implemented in October 2005, 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 Recruit Sustainment Program incorporates instruction in academics, physical readiness, and common task training. Each warrior is screened for administrative problems as well as height, weight and physical fitness.

What has the ARNG done?

Since instituting the RSP, the ARNG has experienced almost two years of sustained at-training loss improvement and has the lowest loss rate of the three Army components. The ARNG training pipeline (TPL) loss rate has been reduced since the implementation of the RSP with the current BCT graduation rate exceeding 96 percent. The ARNG also experienced a significant increase in the retention rate of non prior service (NPS) accessions measured at the one-year mark of their accession date; currently, the ARNG loses only 12 percent of those Soldiers during their first term of service following MOS Qualification (MOSQ).

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?

The ARNG will continue to refine their Recruit Sustainment Program to enhance the training and preparation of their pre-BCT warriors. In the long-term, RSP will reduce training pipeline losses significantly and will result in more qualified and deployable MOSQ Soldiers returning to the units. The ARNG recently provided full-time manning for the RSP and is exploring concepts that would integrate Army and USAR Soldiers into an RSP program to prepare them for BCT alongside ARNG warriors.

Why is this important to the Army?

The ARNG is currently exceeding their end strength objectives and will continue to focus recruiting and retention efforts to grow the force in support of their transition to an operational force. The RSP (along with G-RAP and ESAR) has helped the ARNG exceed end strength goals.


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