Implementing ARFORGEN in the Army National Guard White Paper

Friday July 22, 2011

What is it?

The Army National Guard (ARNG) Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model white paper describes the current ARNG environment and deployment demands, reviews training and readiness requirements established by the Army, and presents a flexible and viable strategy to build ARNG readiness for the nation’s safety and security needs.

What has the Army National Guard done?

The ARNG training strategy allocates scarce resources to ensure all units enter the available year of ARFORGEN—the available force pool date (AFPD)—at the HQDA-required training readiness level. The ARNG strategy creates efficiencies by recognizing that not all units need additional training time to meet DA’s collective proficiency requirements. Additional training time in year Train/Ready 3 is required only for brigade combat teams, combat aviation brigades and other aviation units, and modular combat support functional units. These units must have additional training days to conduct combat training center collective training validation or similar training events prior to mobilization, in order to attain required readiness levels.

Why is this important to the Army National Guard?

The ARFORGEN model white paper describes the most cost-efficient method to provide ready forces for the nation, while preserving the great strides in readiness and combat experience gained by the reserve component (RC) over the past decade – rejecting a return to the cold war strategic reserve model. With the RC’s inclusion in the Army’s operational force, the active Army, ARNG, and U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) truly reflect the “total Army” concept. This framework shows considerable promise in realizing efficiencies in this era of fiscal constraint. The ARNG has been participating fully in the operational force through continued combat rotations in support of ongoing contingencies and stability operations; deployment in support of core Unified Command Plan (UCP) missions such as Homeland Defense (HLD) and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA), as well as Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) and Building Partner Capacity (BPC) activities around the globe.

What is planned for the future?

The Department of Defense and the Army are currently conducting a thorough review of existing internal policies, procedures, and systems to ensure that they are best utilizing the ARNG and USAR. In concert with this action, the ARNG is conducting its own internal utilization review. The ARNG readily embraces its role as part of the nation’s Operational Force, and continues to break down barriers to achieving full operational parity and advancing the proud legacy of America’s citizen Soldier.


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