National Guard Military Technician (MilTech) Program

Friday May 25, 2012

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.


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