FORT HARRISON, Mont. – United States Army Reserve (USAR) 376 Transportation Company and the 7252 Medical Support Unit met with Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) volunteer Tim Fox and Montana ESGR Public Affairs and Training Director Mike Flaherty for two ESGR educational briefings during recent battle assemblies at Fort Harrison.
The USAR 376 Transportation Company out of Missoula was onsite for training with approximately 50 soldiers. In a separate training session, the 7252 Medical Support Unit gathered 45 plus soldiers for their monthly training to include an ESGR brief.
The training sessions were tailored for both units touching on specific employment questions and concerns of the soldiers. The ESGR volunteers addressed concerns with information about the Uniformed Service Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). The federal statute protects service members' civilian employment rights. Service members and employers may call the national USERRA hotline, 1-800-336-4590 option 1, for more information. ESGR Ombudsman serve as neutral mediators to help reach resolution outside the courtroom.
ESGR is a program within the Department of Defense designed to help ensure National Guard and Reserve military personnel are treated fairly and legally in regards to their civilian jobs. ESGR volunteers such as Flaherty and Fox, educate service members and their civilian employers about their rights and responsibilities that go hand in hand with a service member’s military obligations.
ESGR works to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. Communication between service members and their civilian employers must be maintained in order to clear up any misunderstandings between the two parties.
The weekend training sessions were part of the U.S. Army Reserve’s overall mission to provide combat ready units and soldiers to the Army and the Joint Force. The Army Reserve covers more than 20 time zones across five continents.
Army Reserve Soldiers receive the same training as active-duty Soldiers. After Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Army Reserve Soldiers return to their civilian lives and spend one weekend a month and two weeks per year training to keep their skills sharp.
PHOTO: Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Public Affairs and Training Director Mike Flaherty provides information to U.S. Army Reserve members at a weekend training session at Fort Harrison, Montana.