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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, May 25 2012

Today's Focus:

National Guard Military Technician (MilTech) Program

Senior Leaders are Saying

Now, more than ever, the nation needs a lean, agile, strong, capable, competent and trusted Corps of Engineers. One that serves the Army and nation and one that truly teams with our many military, federal, state, local government, host nation governments, tribal, academia, industry and non-government partners to solve the engineering and scientific challenges facing the joint force, the nation and the global community.

- Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the incoming 53rd U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general and U.S. Army chief of engineers, during his assumption of command ceremony at Baruch Auditorium at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C., May 22.

Bostick assumes command of Corps of Engineers

What They're Saying

PIt's all about the Soldiers. It's all about those who deserve to hear Taps one last time and their next of kin to hear Taps played. It's my way to say thank you, to honor those in the past, the present and the future. And it means a great deal to me.

- Harmut Hausser, the German representative of the national organization Bugles Across America, is a Pond's security officer at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, who will perform taps at various stateside sites and take part in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Some call him 'Bob the Bugler'

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

May
National Mental Health Month- Related website: Army Medicine Behavioral Health
National Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Asian and Pacific Americans in the U.S. Army
Women's Health Care Month- Related website: Healthy Women
National Military Appreciation Month

June
National Safety Month
June 14: U.S. Army 237th Birthday

Today's Focus

National Guard Military Technician (MilTech) Program

What is it?

The Technician Program is responsible for organizing, administering, instructing, and training Soldiers in addition, the program is responsible for the maintenance of equipment for the entire Army National Guard (ARNG). These essential duties are outlined in Title 32 United States Code (USC), Section 709 and Title 10 USC, Section 10217. The Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved the Army National Guard's Military Technician (MilTech) Program for 28,810 technicians across the 50 states, the three territories, and the District of Columbia. The NDAA further defines a floor of 27,210 Dual Status (DS) Technicians and 1,600 Non-Dual Status (NDS) Technicians.

Army National Guard MilTechs can be either DS or NDS technicians. DS technicians are federal civilian employees under 32 USC 709 and are assigned to organize, administer, or train Guard members while maintaining membership in the National Guard. DS technicians are required to wear their military uniforms while performing their civilian duties. NDS technicians are civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DOD) who are also employed under 32 USC 709. NDS technicians do not have to maintain membership in the National Guard and they provide valuable continuity within their respective states and territories especially when performing support functions without deployment interruptions.

What has the Army National Guard done?

- 2012 ARNG Dual Status Technician breakdown: 78 percent enlisted, 10 percent warrant officer, and 12 percent officer.

- Technicians are assigned positions in Human Resources, Aviation Facilities, Ground Equipment Maintenance, Logistics Management, Facilities Management, Soldier Training Sites, and Property and Financial supporting areas.

What continued effort does the Army National Guard have planned for the future?

The Army National Guard plans to maintain the existing authorization levels for DS and NDS technicians providing that the NDAA keeps authorizations at the existing levels.

Why is this important to the Army National Guard?

As Citizen Soldiers, MilTechs provide continuity and a greater depth and breadth of civilian skills to their units in their respective states. NDS technicians also bring skills to the organization that are not fostered in any military MOS. This workforce mix provides the states with the ability to hire the right personnel for the right jobs.

Resources:

MILTECH program offers job opportunities to veterans

Army National Guard

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