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