Title 32 AGR Program Overview

Full-timers, AGR, FTUS…they have many names, but if you are in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves, you definitely aware of the Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) Soldiers that serve full-time in support of the National Guard or Army Reserves.  Such roles typically provide administrative, organizational, logistics, recruiting, instruction or training support and keep the National Guard rolling along smoothly.  However, what many do not understand is the difference between Title 10 and Title 32 positions as an AGR Soldier.  Here is a quick synopsis to provide a Title 32 AGR Program Overview.

army agrBasically, Soldiers serving under Title 32 Orders are primarily “state active duty” or “full-time Nation Guard”.  Title 32 positions are typically at the state and unit level and support a more personal, direct role within the National Guard (when compared to Title 10 AGR).  The Governor maintains the authority and command and control of the Soldiers and Airmen under Title 32 Orders.

So, why the difference between Title 10 and Title 32?  Well, it is a bit complicated but it boils down to a principle called Posse Comitatus.  Remember when you took your oath during your enlistment/Commission?  Well, you took an Oath to swear true faith and allegiances to the United States, the Constitution, etc. as well as the Constitution of your state.  It is this duality, Title 10 and Title 32 which delineate whether your status falls under service in your State Militia or under Federal Service.

When considering a position as an AGR Soldier, take a look at what the position is.  If it falls under Title 10 Orders, there is a good chance that it is a Federally funded assignment and serves at a higher level within the NGB or National Guard.  Title 32 Orders are the most typical type of orders you will see AGR Soldiers fall under within your state.  Any Soldiers who are interested in AGR positions should visit the GKO (Guard Knowledge Online) for information about who to contact and how to apply!  Good luck!

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3 thoughts on “Title 32 AGR Program Overview”

  1. I agree, Daniel, I think there is some big ignorance (even on part of Soldiers in the Guard) that we have such a dual nature.

  2. In making speeches and presentations and just in the course of general conversation, I’ve found that the public doesn’t really understand the dual nature of the National Guard. The reason Guard units can be used in semi-law enforcement roles during natural disasters and crises (we patrolled with the New Orleans Police Department during Hurricane Isaac and with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office during Hurricane Gustav) is because they are under the control of the governor, not the POTUS. The reason my brigade did not participate in the response to Hurricane Katrina was that we were preparing to depart Iraq when the storm hit, meaning when we returned we were still on Title 10 (federalized) status.

    1. A lot of people really don’t get it, you’re right. My husband returned from Iraq, and right after they came off T10, they were called to Katrina. Then, they went to Afghanistan. People don’t really understand that T10 Soldiers can’t be used as law enforcement or in those roles. Most people really don’t even know what T10 means versus T32, so thanks Justin for explaining!

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