They discussed the benefits of joining the National Guard while participating in several training stations. The highlight was the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT), which teaches service members how to reduce casualties during a rollover incident. Students experienced what it felt like to be rolled over in a Humvee with only one unlocked door to exit and had to work as a team to get out of the vehicle safely.
Other stations included the Engagement Skills Trainer, a virtual firing range, and an outside obstacle course, with jumping, running, climbing and swinging challenges. Students were eager to cheer each other on as they completed the course. Toward the end of the visit, students got to sample a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), which is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging and typically not the most delicious.
Exeter hopes to build on this National Guard partnership and work with the local recruiter to implement Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) prep classes after the training day, along with a military prep program.