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:
- 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.
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.