Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve


Who is ESGR?


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,600 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

ESGR has served our country for more than 40 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Reserve Component members, their families and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional trade organizations as together, We All Serve


As a National Guard member, the time you spend away from the workplace on drills and deployments could cause employment challenges.

Since the law protects your job, NGB Employment Support Program partners with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to improve the quality of life of Service members and their Families by promoting the security of their civilian jobs & employment opportunities.  If you are seeking employment our NGB Employment Support Specialist can help get you started.

ESGR provides education, employment opportunities, ombudsman services, and outreach to help maintain your employer relationships, including Employer Awards for those employers who go above the call of duty to support a Service member employee. If you think your employment security is being affected by your military service, the ESGR Support Technicians and Volunteers are here to help.


Mission and Strategy

ESGR End State

All employers support and value the employment of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States and Territories, thereby increasing the readiness of the Reserve Components.

Mission Statement

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department  of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws, and resolves employment conflicts between the Service members and their employers.


         All employers

         All uniformed service members

         Families of affected service members





         State and Territory governors

         Department of Defense

         Department of Homeland Security

         Department of Labor

         Department of Veterans Affairs

         Uniformed Services



        ESGR volunteers and staff



1.      Gain and maintain support from employers for National Guard and Reserve service

2.      Educate customers and stakeholders

3.      Advocate within DoD for National Guard and Reserve employers

4.      Continually refine the ESGR organization for relevancy, effectiveness, and efficiency

5.      Enhance consistent general population brand awareness and visibility of ESGR nationwide

6.      Enhance awareness and value of the Employment Initiative Program to both the employers and members of the Guard and Reserve



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