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National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program

What is it?
The Army National Guard's (ARNG) Yellow Ribbon Program provides information, services, referral, and proactive outreach opportunities for Soldiers, Families, employers, and youth. The program covers the entire deployment cycle: pre-alert, alert/pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment, and reconstitution (reintegration).

What has the Army done?
The ARNG established a branch within the newly formed Soldier Family Support and Services division to assist the states' with their Yellow Ribbon programs. In order to successfully launch the program, the National Guard Bureau (NGB) provided initial guidance and asked the states and territories to provide their Yellow Ribbon Program plans and cost estimates so that the NGB could allocate resources.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The program is designed to support Service members from all the Reserve Components. The ARNG is coordinating with the Army to ensure states and territories receive targeted support for our Soldiers and their Families to ensure a successful reintegration following deployments.

Why is this important to the Army?
The ARNG Yellow Ribbon Program is a robust, preventive and proactive program that supports Soldiers and their Families. This program, along with other outreach efforts, supports our All-Volunteer Force by providing a continuum of care that helps Soldiers and their Families during the reintegration process.

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