Furthermore, the National Guard is tasked with finding ways to do this with as few as 39 training days per year between weekend drills and summer annual training.
“That is what we do, we aim to produce the highest state of readiness possible for support of global operations,” Copes said. “We would love to spend those 39 days out in the field training, but we have come to the hard realization that there is a huge difference between being trained and being ready. What we are doing here is an extension of that cultural change. This is an effort to be proactive and address those issues long before the soldier feels overwhelmed in the first place.”