Next-Gen NCOs Excel in California State Guard’s Rigorous Training Program

The California State Guard (State Defense Force) has recently showcased the determination and skills of its latest class of Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) candidates at The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA). These candidates, in their most recent consolidated drill, focused intensively on land navigation—a critical skill in Search & Rescue missions. Mastery of land navigation is vital for these aspiring NCOs, as it enables them to lead soldiers swiftly and accurately to designated areas during emergencies. This proficiency is not just about knowing the terrain but also about making quick decisions under pressure, a trait indispensable in urgent rescue operations.

In addition to land navigation, the candidates started their journey to develop their rappelling skills during the same training weekend. Rappelling is an essential skill in Search & Rescue missions, especially in California’s diverse and often rugged terrain. This skill allows soldiers to access difficult-to-reach areas, whether it’s descending steep cliffs or maneuvering through urban structures in disaster-struck areas. By learning these crucial skills, these candidates are prepared for a wide range of rescue scenarios, ensuring they can provide aid in the most challenging environments. As the training at The NCOA concludes, these candidates stand on the threshold of becoming qualified Non-Commissioned Officers in The California State Guard. Their successful completion of the NCOA requirements signifies their readiness to be the next generation of leaders in the California State military, equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead and protect with confidence and efficiency.

Two of the NCOA BLC squads planning movement from the classroom to their respective training area objectives.






NCO candidates enjoying a bit of a challenge after attending the risk analysis and assessment workshop at this year’s NCOA.












Source: California State Guard

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