The National Guard Technician Program is responsible for organizing, administering, instructing, and training Soldiers. The program is also responsible for the maintenance of equipment for the entire Army National Guard. Technicians can be assigned to positions in Human Resources, Aviation Facilities, Ground Equipment Maintenance, Logistics Management, Facilities Management, Soldier Training Sites, and Property and even Financial supporting areas!
Army National Guard Techs can be either Dual Status or Non-Dual Status technicians. Dual Status technicians are federal civilian employees and are assigned to organize, administer, or train Guard members while maintaining membership in the National Guard. As Citizen Soldiers, these techs provide continuity and a greater depth and breadth of civilian skills to their units in their respective states whom they work for.
Dual Status ARNG technicians are employees of the Department of Army or Department of the Air Force. These technicians are required to maintain military membership in the National Guard in order to retain employment. However, unlike other Federal employees, the State Adjutant General has the authority to affect employment and is the level of final appeal for most personnel actions. With few exceptions, an ARNG technician enjoys the same benefits, privileges and rights as other federal employees. If selected as a National Guard Technician, you become a federal employee covered by the National Guard Technician Act of 1968 (32 USC 709, Public Law 90-486). Because of this law, you are referred to as a military technician.
Remember, your primary mission as an ARNG technician is to provide day-to-day continuity in the operation and training of Army and Air National Guard units…which to me, isn’t a bad way to make a living. Here is a link to help you begin the application process if you are interested:
If you’ve ever spent time as a National Guard Dual Technician, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment to tell us what your experience was like.