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    An Army National Guard Drill Weekend(00:55)

    National Guard members talk about what goes on during Drill Weekend. It's during Drill Weekend that reservists pause their civilian life and resume their military career. Drill weekends can include physical training, advanced training, and work, for their military job or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

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Butler: Drill weekend -- one weekend a month, we do a drill, and then two weeks out of the summer, we do an annual training.

Female Speaker: Two days out of the month, I go and be a soldier, and I train for deployment, or I train for upcoming events.

Blandon: Drill weekend is when all the soldiers in one unit come to their armory and report.

Jackson: Drill weekend is when you meet up with your unit, and you do training on what your job and what your MOS is.

Male Speaker: Sometimes we’ll train up in our M-- specific MOS tasks.

Jackson: Since I’m a Cavalry Scout, I go out and perform reconnaissance missions during drill weekend.

Butler: My typical drill weekend right now is search and rescue.

Pereyr: Drill weekend is to keep you still relevant with the Military, so you know what’s still going on, you haven’t forgotten anything.

Male Speaker 2: As much hands-on time as we possibly can, just so we keep all -- everything we’ve learned fresh in our minds.