The Inactive National Guard ING Program

The Inactive National Guard, or ING, consists of Enlisted National Guard personnel in an inactive status in the Ready Reserve, not in the Selected Reserve. To remain in the ING, members must “drill” once a year with their assigned Unit, but they do not participate in training activities. During a mobilization, ING members mobilize with their Units or are cross leveled into other mobilized units.

ING is similar to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) in that ING members have a contractual obligation. However, members of the ING may not train for retirement credit or pay and are not eligible for promotion. Also, the ING category is currently used only by the ARNG.

So, why would any Soldier consider the ING? Well, the ING is an effective way to keep Soldiers in the Guard who need a temporary reprieve from the rigors of regular participation in the ARNG.  Oftentimes, Soldiers in active status request transfer to the ING for the following reasons:

  • Change of Residence
  • Incompatibility with civilian employment
  • Temporary overseas or out-of-state residency for education, employment, or a missionary obligation
  • Released from active duty with a mobilized unit before the release of the unit from its mobilization status
  • As an alternative to serving in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) of the United States Army Reserve (USAR) in order to complete the second portion (two, four, or five years) of the 6×2, 4×4, or 3×5 enlistment option, or of another residual commitment to serve in the Ready Reserve of the Army, after an initial period of service on active status with ARNG.
  • Pregnancy

Soldiers who wish to enroll in the ING program must prepare a memorandum and submit to the TAG for approval.  For more information, take a look through National Guard Regulation (NGR) 614-1.  Within, you will find a memorandum for submitting your request to the TAG as well as other important, detailed information with respect to the ING option.  Remember, the ING option is available to enlisted Soldiers only!

If you have any questions, or would like to add information, please do so in the comment section below. Thank you.

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14 thoughts on “The Inactive National Guard ING Program

  1. I am currently 13 days out from ETS from the National Guard. I just got a call from a reqruiting a retention Officer who asked questions to help me with transition. I really wish they called earlier! I was told tgat I can joun the ING progrm and NOT get deployed because I have had 12 years of service. I just read the regulations and there is NOTHING in it that states I wouldn’t get deployed because of my time in service. Was I just lied to by a retention NCO?

    • I am not one to say that anyone is an absolute liar… Maybe that NCO is confused, but yes, you can get deployed.

  2. Hello,

    So I am currently on ING due to my civilian job overseas. My ETS is set for 29 June 2018 on iPERMS. I went into ING in October 2017. I am wondering if I will have to go back to complete the “time I have missed”? My unit is trying to tell me I have to leave my job here to come back at the end of the ING.

    I am just not sure what to believe.

    Thanks

    • I believe you have to return to your unit after the 12 month max period you can stay in the ING.

  3. I am in the ING in Washington state and am moving to Oklahoma. my question is, is it possible to transfer state to state and remain in the ING at the same time?

    • That’s a great question. I really don’t know the answer to it to be honest with you. If I had to guess, I would say NO.

      • hello again. i did 8 years active and im in the ING with WA state as said before. i have been in the ING since april 2015 and signed up for 4 years. my readiness nco said i owe 4 years still when i get get of ING orders is this true. i had reenlisted for 4 ING years and thats it.

        • Eddie, did you figure your issue out? I just found a good jobs overseas that pays well. Since I already work with the company. I am trying to find out how ING works. I still have 4 years left on my current contract and I keep hearing that I can only go ING for 1 year.

  4. I signed up for guard after 5 years active. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find full time employment, maintain a full course load at my university, and meet the scheduling/training demands of my unit. Would these reasons stated give me a snowball’s chance in hell for getting an ING request approved?

    • You can try. Never know til you try. Your chain of command can have a big influence on the decision.

  5. Do you have a link or a pdf for the ING documents somewhere that can be sent? I have not been able to reach the NGR 614-1, nor have any of my coworkers on government PC’s.

  6. I’ve been in the Guard two years now and this is the first time I have ever heard of the ING program. I will have to take a closer look at this as I get closer to my ETS date.

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