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.
- 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
- 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
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
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.
- 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