Panel Funds Additional Army Guard Training

NGAUS Washington Report
May 1, 2018

The House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness recommends funding for 20 combat-training center rotations next year, four of which would be for the Army National Guard. That would double the number it had as recently as fiscal 2016, Military Times pointed out last week.

The lawmakers are in line with the Army Guard, which wants additional training days for the force in Army Guard 4.0, an initiative to prepare citizen-soldiers to respond more quickly and effectively. It includes additional training-center rotations and more training days, up to 69 for some units.

The subcommittee’s funding plan has a long road to final approval, of course, but it does fit with the wishes of Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, who wants to increase the number of brigade-combat teams in the active component and the Guard that are at peak readiness.

Military Times reported that there were 10 rotations at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in fiscal 2014, and eight at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Only one of those was done by a Guard unit.

This year, the Army scheduled 10 rotations at each location, including one for the Guard in California and two for the Guard in Louisiana.