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What is the Mission of the South Carolina State Guard?

The SCSG acts in a support role for the National Guard, law enforcement and other state, county and municipal agencies during times of emergency. The State Guard is managed by the South Carolina Military Department under the direction of the Adjutant General. Its Commander in Chief is the governor of the State of South Carolina.

Who may apply?

South Carolina citizens of any race, religion, or sex between the ages of 17 and 70 who are interested in serving their communities may apply to join the State Guard. Prior military experience is not required for membership.

Where would I serve?

Our members typically serve at a National Guard armory located in their area. Some members with special military qualifications may be asked to serve at the State Guard  headquarters in Columbia. The State Guard is not usually deployed outside the state. Some units, however, did serve in New York after the attacks of 9/11 and in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Can I get credit for civilian experience?

Having urgently needed skills may result in an entry rank that reflects an applicant's professional experience. Candidates without prior military experience may - based on education and civilian experience - qualify for commissioned or non-commissioned officer rank.


Do I have to supply anything?

Personnel above the enlisted rank of E-7 and all officers are expected to purchase their own uniforms. Uniforms are supplied to all other recruits.


Does the South Carolina State Guard receive training?

The South Carolina State Guard trains in specialized techniques such as crowd control, urban evacuation, traffic control, military security, first aid, disaster relief, and family services. Members receive comprehensive homeland defense training.


Is the South Carolina State Guard a formal military organization?

Yes. The South Carolina State Guard is provided for in South Carolina's Code of Laws. It is part of the Military Department of South Carolina, and is a formal military organization which follows normal military courtesies and customs. The Army rank structure is used.


What uniform will be worn?

The duty uniform of most members of the South Carolina State Guard is the Army camouflage uniform. The Army dress uniform is worn on special occasions.


Who do I contact for more information?

For more information, contact the State Guard's Olympia Armory at (866) 238-3181 (toll-free) or (803) 253-6210. You may also download an Application Packet.

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