The Army National Guard and Air National Guard rely on a percentage of their overall personnel to work in a full time capacity to ensure rapid emergency response, provide administrative and logistical execution of training events, and maintain National Guard facilities and community relations.
- Authorize and fund Army National Guard full time support personnel at a minimum of 20% of total authorized Army National Guard end strength.
- Maintain Air National Guard full time support personnel at a minimum of 35% of total Air National Guard authorized end strength.
The National Guard relies on consistent support and training in order to maximize readiness. However, because the National Guard is inherently a part-time force, National Guard soldiers and airmen rely on a percentage of their overall personnel to support their mission in critical roles. This includes:
- Facilitating rapid response during domestic operations by preparing servicemembers and equipment;
- Organizing, administering, training, and instructing fellow soldiers and airmen; and
- Maintaining National Guard facilities, relationships with the local community, and day-to-day unit continuity.
The National Guard experienced commensurate decreases in FTS due to end strength drawdowns beginning in FY15. However, with authorized end strength levels increasing once again to combat a more hostile threat environment, National Guard FTS levels should increase, as well, to ensure servicemembers continue to maintain readiness.
Point of Contact
Legislative Affairs Manager, Joint & Personnel