If you were the Commanding General of the Army National Guard, and you had the authority and power to change anything you wanted, what would be the first thing you changed and why?
Please put some thought into this and share what you would do and explain your justification. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer. I simply want to hear what you think about the subject. Hopefully, someone at the higher echelons within the ARNG will stumble across our site and get some good ideas to think about.
If I could change one thing about the Army National Guard I would change the force structure. During my time in the Guard, I didn’t know of any unit that had 100% strength (battalion and higher). Sure, there might be some out there, but most of the units I worked with had significant personnel shortfalls ranging from 20 to 40%.
Rather than have hundreds of half manned or even 75% manned units, I would have fewer units and have them all at 100% strength. Any unit with 50% or less strength would be evaluated for six months and after that deactivated, given a new mission/MTOE, renamed, or combined with another unit.
I personally don’t see any value in having a unit with 500 people assigned to it, but only 250 people on the books. You can’t train as a unit effectively or honestly perform your wartime/peacetime mission with that many personnel shortages.
What do you think? What is the one thing you would change about the Army National Guard if you could. Just leave a comment to share your thoughts.