is the Tennessee State Guard?
The Tennessee State Guard
is a branch of the Military Department of Tennessee and is responsible
to the Governor of Tennessee and the orders of the Tennessee Adjutant
General. The Tennessee State Guard supports the Tennessee National
Guard and other branches of the military as requested in the same
manner that the National Guard supports the United States Army.
Question: What is the mission of
the Tennessee State Guard?
Answer: Because National Guard units are
affiliated with regular military forces, a call up by the
President of any or all National Guard components would leave
the governor with no military force at his disposal for homeland
security or emergency response needs. The primary mission
of the Tennessee State Guard is to respond to national or
state emergencies as requested by the governor to protect
the lives and property of citizens during disasters and to
assist the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as necessary
during post-disaster recovery. (see Mission)
Question: Who can join the Tennessee
Answer: If an applicant
can meet the following requirements, the chances are good
that he or she will qualify for service in the Tennessee
- U.S. citizen and legal resident of the state
of Tennessee (proof is required)
- Age 17 to 67
- High school diploma or GED (proof is required)
- Prior military service (copy of DD214 is
required) OR special civilian skills
- Ability to pass a background check
Persons not eligible for membership are:
- Prior conviction of a felony, domestic violence,
and/or five or more arrests
- Members of active duty or reserve components
of U.S. military forces
- Anyone not able to fulfill the requirements
obligation in time would I be expected to give?
Answer: There is no formal time obligation;
only the expectation that upon taking the entrance oath into
the Tennessee State Guard, that you participate and perform
according to that oath. There is an expectation of attendance
at 75% of monthly training drills and to attend a 2-day annual
training session once per year. Proper wear of the military
uniform while attending monthly drills and all rules of military
courtesy to be observed. Absence from 3 consecutive drills,
2 drills and AT, or formal resignation will result in discharge.
Question: Will I be paid for my
time and out of pocket expenses?
Answer: The Tennessee State Guard is a non-paid
military force. Remuneration would occur only if you are
called to active duty by the governor for an extended period
of time. Expenses would only be reimbursable if prior approval
is given by your regiment commander or Tennessee State Guard
commander. Some expenses may be deductible for income tax
purposes (consult your tax advisor).
Question: What uniform will I wear?
Answer: Then Tennessee State Guard uses the
US Army model of a Light Infantry Division at cadre strength.
Using Army and National Guard regulations as a guide, members
wear standard army "woodland" camouflaged uniforms
with distinctive state insignia and name tags designating you
as a member of the Tennessee State Guard. (US Army Class A dress
uniforms are optional for wear in more formal situations such
as funeral honors or awards ceremonies. Special TNSG patches
are also used with these uniforms.)
Question: Does the Tennessee State
Guard furnish uniforms?
Answer: The 3rd Regiment has a limited ability
to furnish a uniform set to members upon taking the entrance
oath. Members are expected to return any uniform items issued
to them upon discharge from the State Guard. Members are
required to provide their own headgear and boots. Members
typically purchase their own uniforms and equipment over
time as needed for their own personal use.
Question: How will my rank be determined?
Answer: All inductees are evaluated based on
prior military service, education, civilian occupation, commercial
licenses, and other outside training.
Question: Am I required to pass
a physical exam?
Answer: No physical exams are required.
Individuals are expected however to be in reasonable health
and have the ability to perform tasks or missions as needed.
Individuals with a specific medical problem or handicap are
evaluated on an individual basis and are utilized to the
extent of their ability, welfare, and safety.
Question: What kind of training will I receive?
Answer: The Tennessee State Guard uses the US Army model
for training with a corresponding Mission Essential Task List (METL). Training
comes from a combination of self-study and active drill participation that
is planned by the regiment and battalion operations staffs. Drill training
during any given month may come from a combination of sources including the
Emergency Management Agency, National Guard, or regular military sources.
Generally, there is no cost to the training other than transportation back
and forth to drill.
Question: Considering the fact
that I'm not going to be paid along with providing my own uniforms
and equipment, why should I join the Tennessee State Guard?
Answer: For the same reason that other citizens
join civic clubs or groups. Citizens contribute their time
and talents to aid their local communities. The Tennessee
State Guard is not a club. It is a military force that responds
to community requests for homeland security, EMA response,
and community service. The State Guard provides a public
service for the people of Tennessee, and members train as
soldiers to assist TEMA and local communities when needed.
You will be serving with other people who are patriotic and
have a knowing respect for military preparedness, and you
will be carrying on a tradition of volunteerism that dates
back to the creation of Tennessee as a state. Most challenging
of all, you will have an opportunity to use the training
you have acqired in military and civilian life to help build
the cadre of the Tennessee State Guard.
Question: Will membership in the
Tennessee State Guard prevent me being called to active military
service in the event of a draft?
Answer: No. Your service in the Tennessee
State Guard is a state function andwill not prevent you being
called for federal service.