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!

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8 thoughts on “The Inactive National Guard ING Program”

  1. 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?

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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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