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.
Basically, 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!