215th Regional Training Institute (RTI) AZARNG

The 215th Regional Training Institute is part of the Arizona Army National Guard.  The school house is located in Phoenix, Arizona.  The 215th RTI has an important mission of providing Officer Candidate School (OCS), Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), 31B (Military Police) Reclassification Training, and several professional development courses such as:

  • Army Basic Instructor Course (ABIC)
  • Small Group Instructor Training Course (SGI)
  • Tactical Qualification Course (TQC)
  • Tactical Certification Course (TCC)
  • Company Level Pre-Command Course (CLPCC)
  • National Registry EMT Course (NREMT)

To be straight to the point, the school trains future Army leaders.  They have the important job of developing “candidates” into Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers.  And their professional development courses enable attendees to hone their skills and advance their careers.

Most of the instructors and staff are part-time Soldiers, with a small group of AGR Staff and Technicians who do the “behind the scenes” work during the week to keep everything running smoothly.

I’m not sure exactly how big the unit is or how long it has been around.  If you have ever served in this unit, or attended one of their schools, I would love to hear your story.  Please tell us which school you attended and what your experience was like.  Or, if you served as cadre, please share your story too.  Just leave a comment to this post to share your thoughts.

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Chuck Holmes
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7 thoughts on “215th Regional Training Institute (RTI) AZARNG”

  1. Katelyn Hensel

    You know, I’m constantly amazed by the amount of people dedicated to the service in the country. I love that there are schools in just about every part of the country that train our future military leaders to be the strong and dependable men and women that we need to thrive. I’d like to hear more about the process of developing “candidates” into Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers.

  2. Are the training institute’s programs for warrant officer and officer candidates limited to a particular range of military occupational specialties/combat arms disciplines?

  3. The 426th RTI, Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA), is located at Fort McCoy, WI with history at Camp Williams, WI. Units that report to the 426th RTI include the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Training Site Command, 1st BN (Field Artillery), and 2nd BN (Modular Training). Today they teach a wide variety of courses designed to develop the leaders of tomorrow’s National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. Courses instructed include OCS, WOCS, basic field artillery MOS qualifications, field artillery NCOES, 68W Sustainment, ABIC, SGITC, Resiliency, and truck driver MOS among others.

  4. Neil ODonnell

    The range of courses offered by 215th Regional Training Institute certainly shows the intensity of training Commissioned and Warrant Officers endure. I imagine the AGR staff and technicians have their hands full with the “behind the scenes” work, but I do not doubt they are beyond efficient. Given the range of courses offered, particularly the Tactical Qualification, Tactical Certification, and National Registry EMT courses, the Institute’s graduates must be well prepared for leading Army personnel.

    1. The AGR Staff really is the backbone of any Army unit, along with the NCOs. I agree with you and also believe that the 215th Regional Training Institute is probably a very good unit with great leaders and instructors. I’ve never been there, but I have met some Soldiers from the Arizona Army National Guard who spoke highly of the unit.

  5. Is there any difference between this and drill training? I didn’t realize that the 215th RTI was based in Arizona. Does anyone know if there are any in Illinois or any other states in the midwest?

  6. This is a really nice endorsement for the institute. I didn’t even know schools like these existed, and if I had a friend who was looking for some recommendations for a school to attend I would certainly suggest RTI.

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