To provide mission essential training for units and personnel, while building upon the long-standing tradition of the South Carolina National Guard, acting as good neighbors at the local level, in applying military personnel to assist worthy civic and community needs.

Program Advantages

  • Supplemental federal funding available
  • Create excellent partnerships between requesting community organizations and the military
  • Incidental benefits for the community
  • Promote recognition of the Guard as a community-based organization Conduct training that makes a lasting difference
  • Soldier and Unit Development: Excellent recruiting and retention opportunity

Typical Projects

  • Combat Support/Combat Service Support (Engineering/Medical/Transportation/Maintenance/Aviation)
  • Public schools or parks
  • Vertical or horizontal construction
  • Medical service to under-served populations
  • Medical & engineering support to Native American tribes
  • Support to eligible law enforcement agencies

Eligible Organizations

Certain Youth and Charitable Organizations:

  • Boy or Girl Scouts of America
  • Boys or Girls Clubs of America
  • YMCA or YWCA
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • Special Olympics
  • Campfire Boys & Girls
  • 4-H Club
  • Police Athletic League

Eligible federal, regional, state, or local Governmental entity (Non-DOD). Any other youth or charitable non-profit organization designated by Secretary of Defense.

Reference: 32 USC 508

Program Description

Background: National Guard Bureau’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program is the largest of all the separate services and components accounting for 45% of federal funded projects and programs. No military department can match the National Guard’s IRT presence in America’s communities conducting meaningful real-world training that sustains war-time readiness.

Scope: More than 7,000 Soldiers and Airmen from over half the states and territories participate annually in IRT sponsored projects and programs within the 54 states and territories. Assistance can be provided only to eligible non-DoD organizations and training is conducted primarily by Combat Support and Combat Service Support units in the areas of Engineering, Transportation, Maintenance, Aviation and Medical assistance. The assistance provided to eligible organization is incidental to the benefit of training.

Program Intent

  • Accomplish military readiness training.
  • Training mission alternative for meeting mobilization readiness requirements
  • Assistance is incidental to military training and maintains individual operational readiness skills and unit combat mission capabilities

IRT Request Procedures

All project requests must originate from a responsible individual of authority with an eligible organization. Project scope must meet National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, demonstrate the service provided is not reasonably available within the private sector, meet legal requirements and portray the Guard in a positive light. Projects can be conducted using state funds or request approval for federal supplemental funds in conjunctions with state funds. After Action Report is required within 60 days of project completion/cancellation.

IRT Project Requests:
IRT project requests may be submitted to NGB-ARO-Y (IRT) anytime during the year.
“Federal” requests must be received no later than November 20, of the FY preceding the FY of the proposed project execution, for supplemental funding approval consideration.
Allow up to 2 years for your project to be approved.

To Apply:
All applications must be submitted through the IRT Portal now per NGB guidance.
Click on link Apply Now to submit application.
Once Application is submitted contact IRT Coordinator to confirm it has been received.

Approval Authority:
State: Director, Army or Air National Guard
Federal: OASD/RA

IRT Project Request Component

  • Provision of assistance shall not result in significant increase to the cost of training.
  • Assistance is conducted off military installation.
  • Assistance is in conjunction with, not separate to, civilian efforts meeting a valid and appropriate need.
  • Assistance is not reasonably available from commercial entities.
  • AAR Required.
  • Funding becomes available at 2nd quarter FY of execution.
Opportunities with IRT:
National Guard IRT Team
IRT Coordinator
CPT Christopher Huber
Comm.: 803.299.5505
E-mail: christopher.t.huber2.mil@mail.mil 

  • Title 10, USC Section 2012
  • Title 32, USC Section 508
  • DoD Directive 1100.20
  • OASD/RA Guidance Memorandum
  • USAF AFI 36-2250 (Mar 99)
  • Dept of Army Policy (MAR 00)


All applications must be submitted through the IRT Portal now per NGB guidance.

Apply Now

Click on link Apply Now to submit application.
Once Application is submitted contact IRT Coordinator to confirm it has been received.


IRT Coordinator


All requests for assistance: Please send to office of the adjutant general:

1 National Guard Road,
Columbia, SC 29201