175th Regiment (Regional Training Institute)
The Camp Ripley-based 175th Regiment Regional Training Institute provides combat arms, Military Occupational Specialty and leadership training to the U.S. Army to prepare Soldiers and units for deployment at maximum combat readiness levels.
In 2019, the RTI is moving forward with the One Army School System, conducting courses with more students from the active duty and Army Reserve than ever before. The RTI will continue to focus on instructor development and certification to meet the needs of the organization and provide the best possible instruction to the future leaders of America.
The regiment will continue to expand the capabilities of Officer Candidate School by building upon the success of the officer prep academy, to include additional training weekends in conjunction with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
The RTI will also focus on continuing to build and recruit the best and brightest Soldiers from across the state to become instructors and cadre for the various courses. The regiment will focus on creating well-rounded leaders with additional training opportunities through the State Partnership Program and interagency training.
Each year hundreds of Soldiers from both the reserve and active components travel to Camp Ripley to attend one of more than 30 courses offered by the 175th RTI. The institute ensures the courses offered meet requirements for all components, drawing students from across the country and supporting the One Army School System.
The courses offered at the 175th RTI qualify Soldiers as infantrymen, cavalry scouts, wheeled vehicle mechanics and tracked vehicle repairers. The 175th RTI also offers Advanced Leader Courses for several Military Occupational Specialties, Maneuver Senior Leader Course Phases I and II and more than 10 functional courses. The institute also contributes to the commissioned ranks by offering Phases I and II of Officer Candidate School and Phase II of Warrant Officer Candidate School.
In 2018, the 175th RTI and its subordinate battalions were rated fully accredited through the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command with an overall assessment of 97.2 percent, ensuring the RTI maintains compliance in all areas of the Army Enterprise Accreditation Standards.
The 175th Regional Training Institute conducted 40 courses in 2018, graduating 744 Soldiers with a graduation rate of 93.7 percent.
The 1st Battalion (Warrant/Officer Candidate School) conducted OCS Phase I training for 104 candidates from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Minnesota National Guard graduated nine warrant officers from WOCS Class 18-001 and 22 officers from OCS Class 62.
The Regional Training Site-Maintenance sent three instructors to Croatia in June to conduct a coordination and planning workshop for future equipment maintenance and vehicle recovery training to be conducted as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program. In addition, seven Croatian soldiers attended the H8 ASI Wheel Recovery course at Camp Ripley, July 26- Aug 10. The course trains students to operate and maintain recovery vehicles and to use standard procedures to rig and recover wheeled vehicles.
The Regional Training Site-Maintenance also conducted two Recovery Vehicle Familiarization Courses for the Air Force in June and September.