Army AGR Readiness NCO Duties and Responsibilities

Today, I want to take some time to educate you about the duties, responsibilities and job description of the Readiness NCO in the Army National Guard.

For anyone who has spent any time at all in the ARNG, you probably realize how important the Readiness NCO is.

Basically, the Readiness NCO is the tip of the spear for the unit.

They are the senior “full-time” Soldier at the unit.

They are the eyes and ears of the unit.

And, they supervise the other AGR staff and handle most of the day-to-day issues in the unit.

A good Readiness NCO really can make or break a unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

Here are some of the major duties and responsibilities of the Readiness NCO:Readiness NCO

  • Handle pay issues
  • Resource training
  • Handle suspense’s with the brigade, battalion and company
  • Handle day-to-day issues in the unit
  • Advise the Company Commander and First Sergeant on Soldier issues
  • Supervise the AGR Staff
  • Conduct inspections and inventories
  • Coordinate with higher and sister units for upcoming training
  • Create training schedules
  • Prepare unit, Soldiers and equipment for drill weekend

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Readiness NCO Job Description

Here is a sample job description for a Readiness NCO in the ARNG.

Serves as the full-time AGR Readiness NCO of a Forward Support Company, part of an Infantry Battalion; responsible for unit administration, readiness, reports, and training; prepares correspondence, handles suspenses, and resources training.; advise the Company Commander and First Sergeant on Soldier issues; acts as the Company Commander’s day-to-day spokesperson;  supervises 3 AGR Soldiers and 8 traditional M-Day Soldiers; serves as M-Day Platoon Sergeant; additional duties include Hazmat NCO and TMDE NCOIC.

Tips for Success in This Job

What I’d like to do below is take a few minutes and give you some of my best success tips.

# 1 Get organized – This is one of those jobs where you have to get organized.

There are a lot of different suspense’s, things to do, and people and things to manage.

You need a good “to do” list every day.

# 2 Establish priorities – You need priorities.

I would sit down with your AGR chain of command and your M-Day chain of command and find out what is important to both of them.

Once you have that information you should set priorities for yourself and your staff.

# 3 Time Management – This goes hand in hand with establishing priorities.

This is one of those jobs that will require long hours!

There is so much to do.

You need a good day planner or time management system you can follow so you can stay productive and still have a life at the same time.

# 4 Balance the AGR/M-Day Relationship – This is without a doubt the hardest part of your job.

You have an AGR chain of command telling you what to do on a daily basis, and then you have the “part-time” Company Commander and First Sergeant, your M-Day chain of command.

Your real alliance should be to your Company Commander and First Sergeant.

In most cases, they are your rater/senior rater and who you really work for, even if you get guidance from the AGR personnel on a daily basis.

# 5 Support Your Soldiers – You have to remember that most of the Soldiers in your unit have a life outside of the military.

They have civilian jobs or school.

They don’t have the luxury of doing Army stuff day in and day out, like you do.

When they call and need help, help them!

Don’t be a bureaucrat and make their life tougher than it needs to be.

Be a servant leader.

# 6 Don’t Get On a Power Trip – Sometimes, in some rare cases, the Readiness NCO will get on a power trip and act like they run the unit.

Remember, it’s not YOUR unit.

You are an important part of it, but there is a chain of command in place for a reason.

Don’t get on some power trip or try to sabotage your chain of command so you can look like the stud!

Be a team player.

Final Thoughts

In summary, the ARNG Readiness NCO has a very important job of running the day-to-day operations in the unit.

It’s tough, demanding, and requires lots of hard work.

You won’t always have the glory, or get a lot of credit, but I hope you will take pride in what you do and put your best foot forward.

Your Soldiers deserve it!

On a side note, if you’ve spent any time as a Readiness NCO before, I would love to hear from you.

Please tell us about your experience by leaving a comment below.

I’d love to hear about what type of stuff you did on a daily basis, what some of your challenges were, and what you enjoyed most about the job.

Also, if you have any questions, feel free to ask and we will try to provide an answer.

Thank you.

13 thoughts on “Army AGR Readiness NCO Duties and Responsibilities”

  1. That is not correct. Any Soldier or service member is able to be recommended for an award IAW applicable regulations. Use the awards manuals to determine eligibility based on recommended award to ensure their actions merit that type of award. Submit the recommendation for processing through the appropriate channels and approving authority. If the award is shot down by anyone other than the approving authority or authorized rep, then I would seek guidance from your NCO chain. If that is the environment in which your chain of command operates towards their AGR, I would look into other options to file a grievance to address the issue. If there is a policy in affect, that contradicts current regulations for recommending, processing, and the presentation of an award to AGR separate from TPU personnel, then I would speak with an EO rep. Caution: :Good ol’ Boy” institutions tend to have poor reactions to this course of action. And there will be repercussions if that is the option you choose. But if a AGR Soldier deserves the recognition, then doing the right thing is the correct action. I think you’ll find that most Chains of Command don’t have any issues with signing their endorsement recommending an award for any Soldier as long as it is substantiated with measurable bullets.


    Retired Readiness NCO

  2. I would like to hear more on the topic of toxic and productive relationships between the m-day First Sergeant and the AGR Readiness NCO

  3. So, I have a question and dont know where to ask it other than here. Can a Commander have a double standard for awards for AGR personal and TPU Soldiers? Our Commnader told us that AGE only get PCS and Retierment awards? please let me know your thoughts on this? and thank you for your assistance.

    1. You are right with the double standard, but bottom line is a Soldier is entitled to an award regardless of his/her status of AGR or m-day. It is important to recognize our Soldiers, but it is commander discretion. Refer to the AR 600-8-22. No where does it state what the Commander is telling you. If you are submitting an award for someone, it could upgraded or downgraded per the commander, or the next higher recommend leader.

  4. Our readiness NCO equivalent used to say he was the caretaker of the unit. He would trim the bushes, mow the lawn and do the upkeep (metaphorically)

    Your readiness NCO isn't the company commander, but they have enormous responsibility in between drills. They have to keep the unit moving forward while most of the personnel are back at their civilian jobs. It's a tough job and everyone should do what they can to help them out.

  5. Never undervalue the importance of your role as a leader. It’s amazing how doing little thing can leave a big impression and further strengthen work relationships. Things like taking the time to write a thank you card, giving clear guidance and following through with your word are priceless for all leaders. Once again, an informative article that provides specific actionable things that can be done.

    1. Joey,

      You’re right. Little things do make a big difference. As a Company Commander you should work very closely with your AGR Readiness NCO. They are a very important asset to your unit. And you need to do what you can to show them that you appreciate them. The little things really do make all the difference.


  6. After this past IDT I had to come back and re-read this article. Such a good post that I think EVERY leader should read. Our readiness NCO was “burnt out” after this weekend due to a work overload and very little support. I believe that I am going to forward this article to all my peer PLs and PSGs so that they gain a perspective in support of the readiness NCO.

    1. Good for you, Justin. A good Readiness NCO can make or break a unit. They are there to support the leaders and Soldiers, but the leaders and Soldiers still have a responsibility of their own. Many of these leaders “push off” their responsibilities onto the Readiness NCO, because the Readiness NCO is “full time.” As a former Company Commander I held my Platoon Leaders and Platoon Sergeants responsible for doing their job. And I backed up and supported the Readiness NCO whenever I needed to. In the end, it paid off huge!

  7. The full-time staff in your Unit is a great resource, but do NOT abuse that. Take the time to work with them and show them that you are working equally as hard during your time between IDTs. I know that my Readiness NCO appreciates the fact that I do my job and track when my NCOERs are due rather than him.

    1. So true, Justin.

      The Readiness NCO is a great asset, but that doesn’t mean we can delegate our responsibilities to them. Most Readiness NCO’s are overworked and are often doing the job of the Company Commander and First Sergeant, in addition to their own job responsibilities. It’s no wonder they get burnt out and disgruntled.

      As “part-time” leaders we have lots of obligations outside of drill weekend. If we take a leadership position, we must be willing to do whatever it takes to successfully get our job done, even if that means we work for free on our personal time.

      Just my two cents.

      Chuck Holmes

    2. You are so correct Justin. Too many times we expect the Readiness NCO to have everything where it is supposed to be when it is supposed to be there, but no one uses any empathy and considers just how much he/she has on their plate.It isn’t really that hard to keep track of when NCOERs are due, among some other minor things to take some of the load off them.

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