183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute 

The Virginia Army National Guard’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute has a rich history and is recognized as one of the best warrior training locations due to the ability to leverage world class instructors and modern classroom facilities, as well as the extensive training resources at Fort Pickett. This allows the Regional Training Institute to enhance our Warriors’ mastery of their craft while honing their leadership skills.

The Regiment is comprised of over 100 of the finest trainers in the Virginia Army National Guard organized into three battalions. The Regional Training Institute specializes in a multitude of areas, to include the 11B, 11C and 88M Military Occupational Skill transition courses, the Air Assault and Pathfinder mobile training teams, the Light Leader and Rappel Master courses, the Virginia Army National Guard’s Marksmanship Program, and the Officer and Warrant Officer Candidate Schools.

All courses at the Virginia Regional Training Institute are proponent and TRADOC accredited, and administered following One Army School System (OASS) standards.  We use the most current training doctrine, materials, and equipment compatible with the Total Army Schools System.  During your tenure as a student, you will find world-class, experienced, and certified Instructors facilitating courseware within the Army learning concepts and holding you to strict Army standards

183rd RTI News

Warrant officer candidates enrolled in the Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School present their class song and sign to Col. Charles B. Martin, commander of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, March 20, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The class includes both U.S. National Guard Soldiers from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers. The candidates will head south to Fort McClellan, Alabama, in at the end of April to begin Phase III and the final step toward becoming warrant officers. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt.1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
VNG WOCs check off milestones on way toward course completion
April 1, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s warrant officer candidates hit a few milestones during their March drill weekend. On March 19th, 2021, candidates volunteered at the Chesterfield Food Bank where they helped sort, load and distribute thousands of pounds of food to hundreds of local residents. Then, on the following day, they presented their class song and sign to Col. Charles B. Martin, commander of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett claim top honors at the 2021 VNG Best Warrior Competition, held March 18-21, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Spc. Michael Choi, an infantry Soldier assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, won Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. Samuel Johnson, and infantry Soldier assigned to MTC, won Noncommissioned Officer of the Year after four days of grueling challenges designed to test the competitors physically and mentally. Soldiers faced a written exam, a 6-mile ruck march, land navigation, a 3-gun event, a physical fitness challenge and the Air Assault obstacle course, as well as Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. Choi and Johnson will represent the Virginia National Guard at the regional-level competition later in 2021.
1-116th, MTC Soldiers claim titles at 2021 VNG Best Warrior Competition
March 24, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett have claimed top honors at the 2021 VNG Best Warrior Competition, which concluded with an awards ceremony March 21, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. 

Staff Sgt. Roger Jackson, assigned to the 183rd Regional Regiment, Training Institute, weighed 250 lbs at the age of 17 (left), lost 80 lbs and today maintains a high-level of physical and mental toughness through regular and consistent training.
Soldier's 80-lb weight loss journey leads to military service
Dec. 2, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. — When he was 17, Staff Sgt. Roger Jackson struggled with his weight.  At 5 feet, 7 inches tall, he weighed in at around 250 pounds.   “Over the years, I had been made fun of, bullied, talked about, put down, denied certain extracurricular activities, criticized, etcetera because of my weight,” Jackson said. None of that did much to boost his self-esteem or confidence, but eventually he decided to try out for his high school’s basketball team.

Eleven officer candidates enrolled in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School receive their commissions and graduate from OCS Oct. 18, 2020, at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute in front of family, friends, and Virginia Army National Guard senior leaders.
Virginia National Guard commissions 11 new officers
Oct. 21, 2020
FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard welcomed 11 new lieutenants to its ranks with the commissioning of Officer Candidate School Class 62 Oct. 18, 2020, in a ceremony held at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group compete with the M4 pistol during a competition Aug. 19, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
VNG Soldiers compete in pistol marksmanship match
Aug. 27, 2020
FORT PICKETT, Va. - Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and the Fort Pickett-based VNG Marksmanship Training Unit combined efforts to host the Excellence in Competition Pistol match Aug. 19, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. A total of 80 service members participated in the event in the hopes of earning the Bronze Excellence in Competition Pistol badge, awarded to the top 10% of shooters.