DRY RIDGE, Ky. -- More than 200 of the Kentucky National Guard's newest recruits prepared for their future trip to Army Basic Combat Training during a field training exercise at Grant County High School in Dry Ridge, Ky.
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As part of the Kentucky Guard's Recruit Sustainment Program, new enlistees are trained in the routine Soldier skills and Army Values before leaving to basic combat training and advanced individual training. The recruits drill one weekend a month, just like traditional Guardsmen, in preparation for what is to come.
"The field training exercise is a great opportunity to change up the schedule a bit," said Riley. " We bring them all together, get them outdoors all day and give them an even better taste of what's next.".
“Today’s training was tough but I’m glad we are doing it so I can be ready and pass basic,” said Pvt. 1st Class Emily Tillman of Hebron, Ky. Tillman also stated she wants to use the KYNG experience to become an agent with the U.S. Marshals.