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A good year in the Guard and Reserve; what is required of your unit

Ensure that you earn a good year in the Guard and Reserve

SUTAs (Split Unit Training Assembly) should be permitted at your military Reserve or National Guard unit if other units in your Command or State permit such flexibility for other military personnel. In light of the unpredictable nature of the lives that we all lead, SUTA is normally an option.

The regulatory guidance authorizing SUTA in the Reserve Component is more clear cut, but in the National Guard the policy must be consistent with the Equal Opportunity provisions of AR 600-20.  Reserve Component military personnel are entitled to 14 days of Annual Training per year and National Guard are to be provided the opportunity for their 15 days of Annual Training. This is mandated by law and the specific language of the Department of Defense Information can be found here: DoDI 1215.06, March 11, 2014 3 (a)2 contains relevant language DoDI 1215.13, May 11, 2009

(2) Training. Each individual inducted, enlisted, or appointed in one of the RCs of the United States, who becomes a member of the Ready Reserve (other than through membership in the National Guard of the United States), shall, while assigned in the Ready Reserve, be scheduled to participate as follows, except as provided in DoDI 1215.06 (Reference (e)): (a) In at least 48 scheduled inactive duty training (IDT) periods and not less than 14 days, exclusive of travel time, of active duty training (ADT) each year; or, (b) On ADT for no more than 30 days each year, unless otherwise specifically prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.   1. Pursuant to section 1295c of title 46, U.S.C. (Reference (f)), subparagraphs 1.a.(2)(a) and 1.a.(2)(b) of this enclosure do not apply to graduates of the Federal or State Maritime Academies who are commissioned in the Navy Reserve. 2. Members who have completed their MSO and elect to continue to serve in the Ready Reserve as SELRES shall be scheduled to participate as stipulated in subparagraphs 1.a.(2)(a) and 1.a.(2)(b) of this enclosure, except as provided in Reference (e). (c) A member who has served on active duty (AD) for 1 year or longer may not be required to perform a period of AD for training if the first day of that period falls during the last 120 days of the member’s required membership in the Ready Reserve. (d) Members of the Army and Air National Guard shall, unless excused by the Secretary concerned:   1. Assemble for IDT and instruction at least 48 times each year. 2. Participate in training encampments, maneuvers, or other exercises for not less than 15 days a year (National Guard and 14 days for Reserve Personnel).

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