Information Papers

Army National Guard Readiness Centers (formerly Armories)

What is it?
The Army National Guard (ARNG) has become increasingly aware that the approximately 2,996 ARNG readiness centers nationwide represent national and community treasures. From architectural innovations to community outreach and educational events, readiness centers are part of the fabric of our nation. Like the community fire house, the readiness center has become a symbol and a centerpiece of national esprit de corps since 9/11. With worldwide mobilizations and demobilizations, readiness centers have frequently become emotionally packed theaters of Family farewells and yellow ribbon welcome home celebrations. Readiness centers constitute perhaps the most tangible and visible stateside symbol of the citizen Soldier serving his or her community and nation.

What has the Army done?
Recent and historically noteworthy accomplishments and activities include:

Why is this important to the Army?
With smaller numbers of Americans serving in the military than in the past, community impressions of military service are more frequently based on links to the local readiness centers. The preservation of ARNG traditions, community relations, and history through readiness centers and other installations is a foundation for morale in these communities, making them a critical element of recruiting and retaining Soldiers.

Web site: http://www.armorycenter.org/history1.htm