Does anyone know anything about the Texas State Guard or the Texas Medical Brigade. If you do, will they allow a person with an RE-3 or RE-4. I was discharged in 1980 with an RE-3 for family matters. In 1997 I was discharged from the Navy Reserve for taking an anti-depressent. Still waiting for my DD-214 to arrive from NPRC because I cant find it.
Can anyone help or refer me to.
I am the commander of the Corpus Christi Unit. You can contact me for recruiting information.
you can also go here, you have to be in the system before a recruiter will contact you
I have some questions, if you have the time to answer. I am a recent transplant to Texas (New Braunfels). I was looking into the Army National Guard, but the State Guard might just be more in line with what I am looking for.
I am a Navy veteran (submariner). I have been off of active duty for some time. I also served with the Arizona Air National Guard Security Forces (E-5). That was several years ago. I am a reservist with the Air Force Reserve OSI, but I am in the IRR. I requested a transfer to the IRR when my civilian job (Senior Special Agent, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations) transferred me to Texas.
I was contemplating going back to SELRES status, but the idea of a Warrant Officer position with the Army National Guard was appealing to me. However, my family obligations have caused me to reconsider. I believe that the State Guard might be a good fit for me. However, I'd like some more information.
Is there any pay or benefits (life insurance) at all? Does USERRA cover the State Guard? Can I use military leave to train or deploy with the State Guard? What are commissioning requirements? Are there Warrant Officer Positions? If so, what are the requirements? What are monthly drill and annual training requirements.
Thank you for your time and assistance. I appreciate it.
I'm not in TX SG and I'm not sure if anyone on the board is (use has gone down here and migrated to another site), but will try to help.
USERRA doesn't cover state guards, but most state have versions of USERRA in their state laws that cover SDF members.
I know TX has a tuition program for SDF members, but do not know specifically about other benefits.
Your best bet will be to check out the TX State Guard recruiting site at h t t p://w w w.g o t x s g.com/
Thank you for your response. What site are State Guard members using these days? Maybe I can go there for some information. The Texas State Guard site is very vague and not at all informative. Thanks again.
I'm not sure the site owners would appreciate giving their competition a free ad -- just use some google magic and its easy to find.
But, I'm pretty sure that they would tell you the best thing to do is just contact a recruiter and ask. They're going to have the best info.
The TX SG is a pretty active organization and probably one of the top SDFs in the country.
I'm positive you won't get any pay for drills, but I think I heard TX does give you some set amount per day during call ups (maybe $100?). In other words, if you need money, it won't do you any good.
Don't know if TX has a law requiring all employers to give members military leave or not. Some states don't for SDF members.
I've spoken with the appropriate people and the process is underway. Thanks again for the help.
I think that I found the site that you referred to.
Im in the TXSG. Send me an email if you have any questions.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Lonchair,
Thank you, Lonchair. I'm meeting with some folks from the Maritime Regiment this weekend. I should be able to have all of my questions answered. If not, I'll be sure to ask you.
By the way, how do you like it? Are you prior service?
Are you meeting with the 2REG TMAR folks in New Braunfels? I know an ENS in Delta Company.
As for me, no prior service. I am with the TXSG Air Division unit in Austin. Since you are former ANG, consider giving the TXSG Air Division a look as well. Several of the Air Division units have Security Forces flights that support the SF components of their parent ANG unit. My unit supports an ANG Combat Weather Flight and we specialize in weather observation/support and communications.
I like the experience. It gives me the chance to serve, give back to the community, and do something that contrast my day job.
Houston has a number of State Guard units, including the Houston Medical Response Group of which I am the current commander [May 2010]. On YouTube you can see videos about the medical brigade by searching on Texas Medical Rangers which is the nickname for the medical brigade. You can also visit our website at http://swc2.hccs.edu/texasmedicalrangers Some of our folks are prior military service and some are not. There is no pay for drills but if called up for State Active Duty our expenses are paid plus $121 per day regardless of rank. Most of us wear an army style uniform with Texas State Guard on it instead of US Army. Prior service people enter with their old rank and are sometimes bumped up a rank on entry. If you got signficant professional education you may well enter with rank reflecting that [e.g., nurses and physicians enter as officers of course]. We serve only in Texas [perhaps a nearby state with your consent]. Our cut off max age is 65 BUT even that is waiverable if you have medical training. The real question is -- can you perform your job. Physical health problems that might keep a person out of federal service sometimes are not a bar to joining the Texas State Guard. There IS a criminal background check - no felonies are waiverable and misdemeanors are looked at carefully also. If you have questions I will help if I can.
Bob Morecook, COL, Texas State Guard
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