Training Academy

The "Mission First" Team

MAJ Aaron Curtis

Training Academy, Indiana Guard Reserve, provides an outstanding educational institution for the Indiana Guard Reserve and the State of Indiana. Training Academy cultivates excellent leadership characteristics and provides professional development and military training. Training Academy develops leaders by instilling qualities of physical, mental and spiritual strength.

Training Academy offers six programs of instruction to enhance the education and performance of members of the Indiana Guard Reserve. To apply for admission to any Training Academy course of instruction, please click on the link associated with the class you wish to attend then complete and submit the form.

Course Descriptions

Basic Training Course

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Provides instruction to non-prior service members to acquaint these members with proper wear of the uniforms, military formations, close order drill, military customs and courtesies, as well as other related subjects.

Basic Noncommissioned Officer Training Course

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The purpose of this course is to prepare enlisted members (E-5 or above) to perform the duties expected of a non-commissioned officer in the various assignments such members will have in the Indiana Guard Reserve. This program includes drill & ceremony, close order drill, first aid, map reading, communications, duties & responsibilities of a non-commissioned officer, decision making, problem solving, understanding sexual harassment, leadership, and other related military subjects.

Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Training Course

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This course of instruction is designed for senior noncommissioned officers (E-6 or above). This course assumes that the students enrolled have held a variety of military assignments and thus builds on this foundation. The subject matter is very broad, focusing on the role of the senior NCO at all levels of command. The students are expected to contribute their input in the form and manner of case studies.

Officer Candidate School

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This program of instruction, in effect, is very much like the BNCOC (see above) but at a higher level. The purpose of this course is to teach candidates how to think and comport themselves as officers. Included in this program are such subjects as command & control, responsibilities of command, problem solving, self-motivation, military correspondence, logistics, intelligence, drill & ceremony techniques, effective communications, a CPX and other related military subjects.

Advanced Officer Course

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AOC provides aspiring field-grade officers an opportunity to better understand and to learn skills needed to lead the various functions and missions within the Indiana Guard Reserve.  Participants will develop advanced leadership skills while discussing topics related to command climate, strategic leadership & vision, legal issues, supervision, training & operations, decision-making, military officer ethics, customs & courtesies, diversity, community engagement and relations, and public relations. Command lectures are often provided from senior officers.

Participants will be expected to maintain a level of fitness expected of a military officer, complete all course assignments (written and oral presentations), and complete a final project. Attendance is required (one absence permitted). The Advanced Officer Course academic learning expectation level will be comparable to a post-graduate level course of study appropriate for field-grade officers.

Basic Ground Search and Rescue (BGSAR)

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This course is designed to introduce IGR members to the basic skills and activities associated with wilderness search and rescue. The 16-hour course is designed as an introduction for all IGR members regardless of their role in SAR activities. Those who may be in supporting roles such as logistics, communications, containment, or administration will find the course useful in understanding the activities of the search team and search management. For those wanting to pursue SAR Team deployment qualifications as a search team member or search manager, this is the initial training phrase.

Academy Enrollment

To apply for admission to any Training Academy course of instruction, please visit our "Training Academy Enrollment Portal" , and fill out and submit the appropriate online form. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate course manager, and to your unit commander, to begin the enrollment process.

Training Academy Command and Staff Personnel

Commander MAJ Aaron Curtis
Executive Officer CPT Mike Reddick
Command Sergeant Major CSM Dalis Owens