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The South Carolina National Guard Employment Services Division serves unemployed Service and Family members with a broad network of statewide resources. We understand the challenges of transitioning service members and work on an individual basis to help military job seekers find meaningful civilian employment – not just a job for the sake of a job, but a fulfilling career based on your unique talents, training and interests.

Operation Palmetto Employment

A statewide initiative launched by Governor Nikki Haley and supported by the S.C. National Guard, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, and other business and state agency partners, Operation Palmetto Employment is a commitment to help our service members, family members and veterans find meaningful civilian careers.

  • To accurately identify South Carolina’s military community

  • To streamline the employment process, reducing duplicated efforts of multiple agencies and service providers to increase efficiency and fiscal responsibility.

  • To leverage military expertise, enhancing work-ready communities statewide.

  • To ensure cross-functional collaboration between providers and employers.

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Employment Advisors for South Carolina

South Carolina National Guard Employment Advisors work as individual case managers, assigned per statewide region to help unemployed Service and Family Members find and pursue the right career. They’re your first point of contact for resume review and interviewing skills, job fairs and hiring events, access to relevant education and workforce training benefits, and more.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve


South Carolina ESGR seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.
The nation’s Reserve components (total Guard and Reserve forces from all branches of the military) comprise approximately 48 percent of our total available military manpower.
The current National Defense Strategy indicates that the Guard and Reserve will be full partners in the fully integrated Total Force.

South Carolina ESGR seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. The nation’s Reserve components (total Guard and Reserve forces from all branches of the military) comprise approximately 48 percent of our total available military manpower. The current National Defense Strategy indicates that the Guard and Reserve will be full partners in the fully integrated Total Force.

We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members. South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteers present ARINC a “Patriot Award” as a result of a nomination from their employee who serves in the Reserves.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division receives Department of Defense “Above and Beyond” award for extraordinary support of employees who also serve in the Guard and Reserve.

Service members: Please nominate your supportive employer/supervisor to receive a “Patriot Award” by visiting the ESGR Website.

If you encounter a conflict with your civilian employer, let us know. We are here to answer questions or provide mediation between you and your employer, based on the USERRA law.

If you have an inquiry about the law or a potential issue with your employee who is also in the uniformed services, let us know.

We are here to answer questions or to provide assistance between you and your employee, based on the federal USERRA law.

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Contact

SMFC Bluff Road Armory
Elisa M. Edwards, Program Director
Phone: 803.299.1713
Email: elisa.m.edwards2.ctr@mail.mil

Charleston/Beaufort
Stanley Cox
Phone: 843.607.6698
Email: william.s.cox.ctr@mail.mil

Florence/Myrtle Beach
Dr. Wayne Chapman
Phone: 843-337-7742
Email: wchapman59@yahoo.com

Lexington/Newberry/Aiken
Shannon Banks
Phone: 864.367.4478
Email: shannon.banks2.ctr@mail.mil

Rock Hill/York
Brad Ware
Phone: 803.288.2635
Email: brad.m.ware.ctr@mail.mil

Spartanburg/Laurens
Carolyn Baynes
Phone: 864-404-7804
Email: rochelleinca1@gmail.com

Sumter/Camden
Jacob Porter
Phone: 803.493.9104
Email: jacob.b.porter.ctr@mail.mil

Greenville/Anderson
Scott Suddeth
Phone: 864.607.4847
Email: melvin.s.suddeth.ctr@mail.mil