Jan. 9, 2008

2 Virginia Soldiers first to graduate from Drill Sergeant School

By Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony D. Price
Virginia Guard Recruiting & Retention Command

FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia Army National Guard now has its first two dill sergeants who work for the Non-Prior Service Training Program under the Recruiting and Retention Command.

On Nov. 15, Staff Sgt. Phillip Kershner and Staff Sgt. Richard Chumley graduated from the United States Army Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, S.C.

The school is a 63-day course that is conducted in a basic combat training environment. In order to graduate, Chumley and Kershner had to master skills in physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, individual weapons qualification, instructor skills, combat lifesaver, combatives and situational training exercises.

Kershner is assigned to the Recruiting and Retention Command and is an Active Guard and Reserve Recruit Sustainment Program training noncommissioned officer in Lynchburg, Va.  

Chumley is assigned to the 183rd Regional Training Institute and is an active duty special work pre-ship site NCO at Fort Pickett.

Both drill sergeants will be using their new skills to mentally and physically prepare Virginia’s young warriors for their Initial Entry Training.

The Non-Prior Service Training Program trains an average of 1,889 young warriors each year and prepares them to successfully complete basic combat training and advanced individual training.

The addition of drill sergeants to the program will move the training to the next level. Chumley and Kershner are the first two graduates, but the goal is to have a drill sergeant at every RSP site.

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