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Individual Drill Training / Annual Training


Individual Drill Training / Annual Training

Training in the Washington Army National Guard

Typically, National Guard members are required to attend one drill weekend each month and one annual training period (usually 2 weeks in the summer) each year. Weekend drills usually consist of one Saturday and Sunday each month, but occasionally include reporting for duty on Friday night.  Annual training typically lasts for two weeks in the summer and makes use of your military occupational specialty in direct and often rigorous ways.

Individuals who join the National Guard must commit to training that includes drill periods throughout the year, as well as periodic administrative meetings. The weekend drill periods are referred to as Unit Training Assemblies (UTA) or Multiple Unit Training Assemblies (MUTA).   Frequently, National Guard members are required to drill for an entire weekend. Drilling that takes place for eight hours on both Saturday and Sunday (four consecutive UTAs of four hours each) is known as MUTA-4. Such a regimen that also includes Friday evening is termed MUTA-5 because it includes five consecutive UTAs over three days.

Training time is precious to Army National Guard Soldiers. That's why the Guard uses many unique training methods. From "real-life" training exercises, like rotations at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, to high-tech simulation training and distributed learning, the Army National Guard employs innovative training methods to give its members access to high quality training.


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Interested in being a member of our team? Join us for a weekend drill to participate in real Army National Guard training. You will see for yourself what being a Citizen-Soldier is all about.  Contact your local recruiter and get all the details about the application and entry process.

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