The MEPS plays a vital role in maintaining the nation's military might by ensuring that each new applicant of the Armed Forces meets the high standards required by the Department of Defense. The MEPS Guidance Counselor ensures that each new member of the NJ Army National Guard understands their enlistment contract prior to taking the Oath of Enlistment.
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At the end of this day, assuming everything goes smoothly, you will be a Soldier in the New Jersey Army National Guard.
5. Attend Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP)
Your ship date - the day you leave for Basic - will depend on your Guard job and the school you will attend for that job. You might ship within just a few weeks, or it might be delayed for several months. Until you ship, you will attend the RSP one weekend a month to learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training. Learn more about our RSP program.
6. Ship to Basic Combat Training
You are ready to start becoming a Soldier. In just ten weeks, you will be physically and mentally stronger than you have ever been. After Basic Combat Training you will attend Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to learn your military job skill. After AIT you will return to New Jersey a fully qualified soldier ready to begin your weekend drills with your Guard unit.