Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Air National Guard: State Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense organization established to promote cooperation and understanding between Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from the employee's military commitment. The ESGR Ombudsman Services Program provides neutral counseling and mediation of issues relating to compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).


Air National Guard Service members on state active duty are not eligible for ESGR services.  USERRA (Federal law) does not cover "State Active Duty" for events where the Governor calls on the Air National Guard for such things as floods, Around the Air Force logo, C130 sitting on the runwayforest fires, civil disturbances, and other, but many States have similar USERRA-like State laws which provide employment protections. Any Air National Guard Service members may seek ESGR assistance to promote understanding regarding their rights and responsibilities reference their public or private civilian employer. 

Additional Information

For more information, please see the ESGR webpage maintained by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve:

What is USERRA:

Document Review Date: 19 June 2023