CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE -- New York Guard Sgt. 1st Class David Moat observes Sgt. Adrian Ramos receive a radio transmission on the PRC 77 VHF frequency radio while taking part in a communications field training exercise, here, Aug. 22. New York Guard Annual training is a week-long summer training period, organized to maximize troop efficiency by creating real world scenarios to prepare for disaster response. The New York Guard is the state's volunteer force which augments the New York National Guard.
The New York Guard is a state volunteer force which augments and supports the New York National Guard as required with manpower and skills.
New York Guard members serve in an unpaid status unless they are placed on State Active Duty by the governor and they cannot be mobilized for federal duty. They assist the National Guard in planning, training for and executing state emergency support and disaster missions. And provide legal and medical pre-deployment assistance to the National Guard units and other reserve components as requested.
Many New York Guard members are retired members of the National Guard and other military services, however military experience is not a prerequisite to membership.
The New York Guard was born in World War I when the New York National Guard, a division’s worth of Soldiers, was mobilized; first for service on the Mexican border and then to fight in France. The New York Guard replaced the National Guard and served as a home guard, mounting guard on the New York City reservoirs.
Today members of the New York Guard assist National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to serve the people of New York as members of Guard Joint Task Forces. New York Guard members are part of the National Guard team trained to rescue people from destroyed buildings and decontaminate them, assist the National Guard in search and rescue when called upon, and even help National Guard units train to deploy at home or abroad.