Warrant officer training not for the faint of heart

Photo essay by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion

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Warrant Officer Candidates Lawrence Webb and Duncan Lewis tackle the pull up bars during their Warrant Officer Candidate training at the Kentucky National Guard’s Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

The man who spends more sleepless nights with his army and who works harder in drilling his troops runs the fewer risks in fighting his foe.

— The Emperor Maurice, c. AD 600

WENDELL H. FORD REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER, GREENVILLE, Ky. — Military training is hard enough the first time you go through it.  The second or third time you’d think it would get easier, that’s not necessarily true.  There’s always that unexpected challenge, that one stubborn obstacle to overcome, no matter how experienced or educated you think you are.

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Warrant Officer Candidate Jeffrey Valentine shows off his “war face” while in the front lean and rest position. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

Following are some photos from the 238th Regimental Training Institute’s Warrant Officer Candidate training weekend.  In addition to extensive physical training and testing there are classes in leadership, tactics and military history and protocol.

For more information on the Kentucky National Guard’s warrant officer program contact Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Turner at (502) 607-6200, Cell: (502) 320-3653 or email him at Ryan.turner2@usarec.army.mil.

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They call it “oh dark early” for a reason.  Warrant Officer Candidate Matthew Vincent joins his class for a little early morning PT. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

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Hauling that rucksack on a leisurely march through the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

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TAC Officer Ricky Skelton shows his warrant officer cadets how it’s done. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

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Warrant Officer Jessica Peel takes her turn at the pull up bar. Peel is the only female in her WOCS class.  At present there are only eight female warrant officers in out of a total of 148 in the Kentucky National Guard.  (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

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It’s not all fun and games in the field. Warrant Officer Jess Willard hits the books before heading out for more training with his fellow cadets. (Photo by Warrant Officer Candidate Orbin Rudd, Forward Support Co., 201st Engineer Battalion)

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