LONDONDERRY, N.H. –
The 94th Military Police Company (MP), a U.S. Army Reserve unit from Londonderry, New Hampshire, is conducting a Soldier Readiness Process (SRP) during their drill weekend, Oct. 22-24, 2021, at Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (DRFTA) in Massachusetts.
SRPs consist of important tasks critical to Soldier readiness and unit preparedness.
“This is the place where everything gets validated,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lydon, first sergeant of the 94th.
The unit anticipates a mobilization in the near future, which is why the unit is conducting their SRP.
Lydon said all personnel tasks were scheduled. This includes individual medical readiness like periodical health assessments, dental work, immunizations, and blood draws. It also includes administrative tasks like digital records reviews, reviewing and updating life insurance, and reviewing security clearances.
Medical readiness was the focus on first day of the weekend.
Lydon said their goal is make sure soldiers are ready physically and mentally. He also emphasized the importance of mental readiness.
Soldiers had to wait in lines for hours, just to complete the requirements.
Sgt. Robert Toussaint, a military police officer in the unit said the process is more stream-lined for the Soldiers who completed their medical readiness beforehand. If they already had a task completed, they got sent directly to the next station.
“Nobody likes doing this stuff, but it’s something that needs to get done,” said Toussaint. “Readiness is important. It could mean the difference between being physically ready to help someone in need, or not.”
Both Toussaint and Lydon agree these administrative tasks should get done at home, first.
“Medical readiness and Soldier readiness shouldn’t get done at these events,” Lydon said. “Soldiers should be on top of their own readiness at all times.”
Both Toussaint and Lydon said none of this could have happened if it were not for the full-time staff and senior Soldiers putting in hours of work beforehand.
Lydon said the process can be stressful. He also pointed out that there will always be hiccups.
He said, “We’re going to make sure when we get that mobilization order, we’re ready to go.”