Today, I want to educate you about some of the National Guard Full Time options. These are different ways that you can serve in the Army National Guard, either on a permanent or temporary full time basis. Please note that most Soldiers in the National Guard serve on a part-time basis (probably 90% or more), typically one weekend per month and two weeks per year.
However, there is also a support staff of AGR, Technicians, and temporary full time staff who “run the show” and do all the “behind the scenes” work during the week. Most of these folks serve in duty positions to include:
ADOS/ADSW – The ARNG has the ADOS and ADSW Programs. This stands for Active Duty Operational Support and Active Duty Special Work. The names are interchanged a lot, but they are pretty much the same thing. These programs are typically a temporary full time position. Soldiers will go on orders for a specific project, normally lasting 90 days to one year. In many cases, soldiers work at the unit level, but can also serve in positions at the National Guard Bureau, at state headquarters and in their respective units. A very small group of Soldiers do their entire 20 year career on these type of orders (yes I’ve met a few of them).
AGR – The Active Guard Reserve Program is a wonderful program. Some call it the best kept secret in the Army. Soldiers who participate in the AGR program are typically permanent full time Soldiers, especially once they finish their initial tour. These Soldiers support the M-Day Soldiers. They handle the administrative, supply and maintenance and Soldier Support issues during the week and typically have a different job during drill weekend. They have the same benefits and pay as Active Duty Soldiers.
Technician – This is a full time National Guard Soldier who serves as a GS (state or federal) Employee during the week. In most cases, they wear their duty uniform and rank. Most of these technicians are dual status technicians, which means they also serve as a Soldier one weekend per month. Others are single status technicians, which means they are civilians, not Soldiers.
Title 10/Title 32– These are orders for Soldiers who are deployed overseas or are on full time status at their unit, at the state level or in Federal Support. I believe all state orders are Title 32 and all federal orders are Title 10. All activated and/or deployed Soldiers are on these type of orders.
In summary, these are the four different ways to serve in the National Guard Full Time. If you know of any other National Guard Full Time positions I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment to share your thoughts. Also, if you serve full time with the National Guard, please tell us more. If you have any questions that I may be able to answer, you can also ask them below.