Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Army National Guard: State Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet


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).


Army National Guard Soldiers 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 National Guard for such things as floods, forest fires, civil disturbances, and other, but many States have similar USERRA-like State laws whichSoldiers running out of the back of a chinook helicopter provide employment protections. Any National Guard Soldier 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: 29 June 2022