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

Seventeen Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates celebrate their graduation from Officer Candidate School Sept. 19, 2021, at a ceremony held at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Of the 17 graduates, 13 accepted their commissions, took their oath of office, and pinned on their lieutenant bars. Alumi from previous OCS classes participated in a presentation of a historic guidon from OCS Class 11 and the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided ceremonial music for the occasion. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Virginia National Guard welcomes 17 new OCS graduates
Oct. 5, 2021
The Virginia Army National Guard celebrated the graduation of 17 officer candidates from Officer Candidate School Class 63 and 64B Sept. 19, 2021, at a ceremony held at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.

U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers practice room clearing July 23, 2021, during an 11B Infantry Transition Course, taught by cadre assigned to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Over three weeks, the students will learn the skills needed to serve as infantrymen and, if they meet course requirements, will be awarded the 11B Infantry military occupational speciality at the conclusion of the course. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
183rd RTI teaches infantry skills at 11B course
Aug. 19, 2021
For three grueling weeks, 25 U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers from across the nation trained together at Fort Pickett. At the ranges and across the training areas, they all shared a common goal: earning the iconic blue cord that comes along with the 11B Infantryman military occupational specialty. The Soldiers were there for the 11B Infantry Transition Course, held July 10-31, 2021, by cadre assigned to 1st Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. 

Twelve Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates launch into Phase II of Officer Candidate School July 17, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The candidates are part of OCS Class 64, and spent the weekend training at SMR where Virginia’s OCS was founded. The course is taught by cadre assigned to Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
OCS Class 64 launches into Phase II
July 28, 2021
Twelve Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates completed Phase I of Officer Candidate School and launched their training into Phase II during a recent drill weekend, held July 16-18, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Virginia’s OCS is taught by cadre assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and the first drill of Phase II was held at SMR as a nod to the program’s historic past. 

Virginia Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve candidates swear in as new warrant officers during a graduation ceremony hosted by the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute June 5, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Family and friends of the newly commissioned warrant officers participated in the ceremony by pinning on their new ranks.
183rd RTI holds recognition ceremony for WOCS graduates 
June 16, 2021
The Virginia National Guard's Warrant Officer Candidate School welcomed five new graduates from class 21-001 during a recognition ceremony hosted by the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute June 5, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Nine Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates celebrate their graduation from Officer Candidate School April 25, 2021, at a ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The candidates, all part of the winter accelerated Class 64A, took the oath of office and were then pinned with second lieutenant rank by family and friends. Col. Doyle Gillis, the Virginia National Guard’s director of manpower and personnel, served as the guest speaker. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
Virgina National Guard welcomes nine new officers
May 4, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed nine new lieutenants to their ranks in a ceremony held April 25, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The new lieutenants are part of the Virginia National Guard’s winter accelerated Officer Candidate School Class 64A. Col. Doyle Gillis, the Virginia National Guard’s director of manpower and personnel, served as the guest speaker for the event, while Lt. Col. James C. Shaver, commander of 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, administered the oath of office.