In today’s post, I want to take some time to educate you about the duties, responsibilities, and job description of the Army AGR Readiness NCO in the National Guard.
For anyone who has served the National Guard before, you probably realize how important the AGR 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. They supervise the other AGR staff and handle most of the day-to-day issues in the unit.
A Readiness NCO can make or break a unit. In my opinion, they have the most important job in the unit.
Army AGR Readiness NCO Duties & Responsibilities
Here are some of the most common duties and responsibilities of the Readiness NCO. Keep in mind this might vary from unit to unit.
# 1: Handle pay issues
The Readiness NCO handles all pay issues. They verify who attended drill weekend with the First Sergeant, and ensure that pay is processed in a timely manner. They also address any pay issues or discrepancies that arise.
# 2: Resource training
The Readiness NCO works closely with the other AGR Staff and the Company Commander to resource training. This could mean scheduling training events, acquiring equipment, planning convoys, and much more.
# 3: Handle suspense’s with the brigade, battalion, and company
The Readiness NCO works closely with the AGR Staff for the Battalion, to include the S3 and S4. They ensure all suspense’s are handled promptly.
# 4: Handle day-to-day issues in the unit
The Readiness NCO runs the unit during the week. They answer the phone, handle site visits, attend meetings, secure the premises, handle inventories with the Supply Sergeant, and much more.
# 5: Advise the Company Commander & First Sergeant on Soldier issues
The Readiness NCO keeps the Company Commander and First Sergeant in the loop about what is happening with the unit during the week. They also fix issues the Company Commander and First Sergeant bring to their attention.
# 6: Supervise the AGR Staff
The Readiness NCO supervises the other AGR Staff in the company. If applicable, this would include the Training NCO and Supply Sergeant.
# 7: Conduct inspections and inventories
They handle all inspections and inventories with the Supply Sergeant. They make sure everything is done on time and to standard. They also ensure the unit is secured properly.
# 8: Prepare unit, Soldiers, and equipment for drill weekend
They prepare the unit for drill weekend. They work closely with the section leaders in the unit to ensure everything is coordinated and resourced for drill weekend.
This list is probably a 90% solution to what they do on a daily basis.
Example Job Descriptions
Here are two sample job descriptions for an AGR Readiness NCO.
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.
Manages daily operations and administration of the Poplarville Readiness Center. Advises the Commander on Training, Logistics, Personnel, and Unit Mobilization Readiness Requirements. Ensures the Unit develops, updates, and maintains comprehensive Mobilization Plans including Annual Post Mobilization Training Support Report, the Unit Alert Roster, and the Unit Home Station Activity List. Obtains all required data for the Unit Status Report and assists the Commander in preparing readiness reports. Monitors equipment on hand and the equipment readiness status of the Unit. ~ Army Writer
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.
This is one of those jobs where you must be organized. There are a lot of different suspense’s, things to do, and people and things to manage. You need a good daily “to-do” list and you should work from a calendar.
You need priorities. I would sit down with your AGR and 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.
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.
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.
Support Your Soldiers
You must 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.
Don’t Get On a Power Trip
Sometimes, in some rare cases, the Army AGR 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.
In conclusion, the Army AGR 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. They are the pulse of the organization and handle the day-to-day issues of running the unit.
What are your thoughts? If you’ve served as an AGR Readiness NCO before, I would love to hear from you? How did you spend most of your time? What were your most common duties? What tips can you share with other people in this job?
Thanks for your service. Have a great day!