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Basic Branches

Have what it takes to lead?

Army Officers, leaders in the NY Army National Guard, manage an array of Soldiers and specialties. With career options that range from Infantry to Cyber Corps, Officers are vital to the mission of the NY Army National Guard.
Explore the branch opportunities below.

Human Resource / Finance Management

Adjutant General CorpsAdjutant General Corps logo

Overview

An adjutant general officer is responsible for providing personnel support that affects Soldiers’ overall welfare and well-being, while assisting commanders by accounting for and keeping Soldiers combat-ready.

Job Duties

  • Principal advisor to the battalion commander for all matters concerning human resource support for all assigned and attached personnel
  • Responsible for supervising all strength management/strength distribution actions
  • Assignment as a platoon leader: responsible for training, readiness, health and welfare of 20 Soldiers and the accomplishment of wartime missions

Adjutant General Corps Officers are stationed statewide

Finance CorpsFinance Corps logo

Overview

The financial manager is in charge of the Army’s Finance Corps, who are responsible for sustaining missions through purchases of services and supplies.

Job Duties

  • Command financial operations and combined armed forces during combat/peacetime
  • Coordinate employment of Finance Soldiers at all levels of command
  • Charge of Army pay, commercial vendor support, disbursement of public funds, auditing, travel allowances, accounting, financial management information systems and banking

Finance Officers are primarily stationed in Downstate NY

Law Enforcement

Military Police CorpsMilitary Police Corps logo

Overview

A military police officer is responsible for leading the Soldiers that protect lives and property on Army Installations. Officers supervise the execution of the five military police Battlefield functions: Maneuver and mobility support operations (reconnaissance and surveillance), Area security operations (site security and response), Law & order operations (law enforcement and developing host-nation police forces), Internment/resettlement operations (military prisoners and enemy combatants), and Police intelligence operations.

Job Duties

  • Lead small, tactical military police units and organizations

Law Enforcement Officers are primarily stationed in Western and Downstate NY

Combat Arms

Armor (Cavalry)Armor logo

Overview

Armor officers are responsible for tank and cavalry/forward reconnaissance operations on the battlefield. The role of an armor officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the armor branch and to lead others in many areas of combat operations.

Job Duties

  • Command the armor units and combined armed forces during land combat
  • Coordinate the employment of armor Soldiers at all levels of command

Armor Officers are primarily stationed in Western NY

AviationAviation logo

Overview

New York National Guard Aviation officers coordinate/lead operations using the UH-60 Black Hawk and the CH-47 Chinook Army helicopters. These operations can haul troops and carry supplies, as well as provide quick-strike and long-range target engagement.

Job Duties

  • Coordinate employment of aviation Soldiers and aircraft at all levels
  • Command and control aviation platoons
  • Provide aviation coordination
  • Instruct aviation skills at service schools and combat training centers

Aviation Officers are stationed at 3 flight facilities in Upstate, Downstate and Western NY

Corps of EngineersCorps of Engineers logo

Overview

An engineer officer is responsible for providing full support to the wide range of engineering duties in the Army. They can help build structures, develop civil works Paths and even provide combat support.

Job Duties

  • Sapper - Emplace demolitions, conduct reconnaissance and support maneuver units with mobility, counter-mobility and survivability
  • Construction - Construct roads, buildings, military bases, airfields, etc.
  • Bridge - Construct, emplace or assemble numerous bridges
  • Rescue - Perform search and rescue operations
  • Training - Train the force, write new policy and research alternative engineering technology

Corps of Engineer Officers are primarily stationed in Western and Downstate NY

Field ArtilleryField Artillery logo

Overview

The field artillery officer leads the field artillery branch, who neutralizes the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fire. The officer must be an expert in tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of fire support systems.

Job Duties

  • Lead field artillery troops and combined armed forces during land combat
  • Coordinate the employment of field artillery Soldiers at all levels of command
  • Additional positions include the role of fire support officer, fire direction officer, platoon leader and battery executive officer

Field Artillery Officers are primarily stationed in Downstate NY

InfantryInfantry logo

Overview

The infantry officer is responsible for leading the infantry and combined armed forces during land combat.

Job Duties

  • Coordinate the employment of Infantry Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations
  • Commanding and controlling the infantry and combined armed companies and company-sized units (200 -300 Soldiers)
  • Developing doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique infantry missions
  • Instructing Infantry skills at service schools and combat training centers

Infantry Officers are stationed statewide

Operational Support

Chemical CorpsChemical Corps logo

Overview

A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear officer commands the Army branch that specifically defends against the threat of CBRN weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction. These officers lead an extraordinary chemical unit that is completely dedicated to protecting our nation.

Job Duties

  • Command CBRN operations during combat/peacetime
  • Coordinate employment of CBRN Soldiers at all levels of command
  • Instruct CBRN skills at service schools and training centers

Chemical Officers are stateioned Statewide

Cyber CorpsCyber Corps logo

Overview

Cyber branch is a maneuver branch with the mission to conduct defensive and offensive cyberspace operations (DCO and OCO). Cyber is the only branch designed to directly engage threats within the cyberspace domain.

Job Duties

  • Lead, plan and direct both defensive and offensive cyberspace maneuvers and effects operations in and through the cyberspace domain
  • Conduct OCO by using cyber capabilities in and through cyberspace to target and neutralize threats
  • Conduct DCO by protecting data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems through detection, identification, and response actions to attacks against friendly networks
  • Execute mission command of cyber maneuver forces during DCO and OCO missions in support of joint and combined arms operations

Cyber Officers are primarily stationed in Upstate NY

Military IntelligenceMilitary Intelligence logo

Overview

The Army’s military intelligence is responsible for all collected intelligence during Army missions. They provide essential information that often save the Soldiers fighting on front lines.

Job Duties

  • Command and coordinate the military intelligence Soldiers and combined armed forces
  • Assess risks associated with friendly/enemy courses of action and act to counter/neutralize intelligence threats
  • Use intelligence systems and data to reduce uncertainty for a commander

Military Intelligence Officers are stationed statewide

Signal CorpsSignal Corps logo

Overview

The signal officer leads the Signal Corps, which is responsible for the Army’s entire systems of communication. Officers plan and execute all aspects of communication on a mission and are critical to the Army’s continued success.

Job Duties

  • Maintain the Army’s voice, data and information systems
  • Making tactical decisions
  • Coordinate employment of Signal Soldiers at all levels of command

Signal Corps Officers are stationed statewide

Logistics Management

Ordinance CorpsOrdinance Corps logo

Overview

Ordnance officers are responsible for ensuring that weapons systems, vehicles and equipment are ready and available - and in perfect working order - at all times. They also manage the developing, testing, fielding, handling, storage and disposal of munitions. The explosive ordnance disposal officer leads the Army's preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. Explosive ordnance disposal officers are the culmination of the best tactical and technical training the Army and civilian academia can provide and lead organizations comprised of similar Soldiers. They are prepared to perform missions in support of Army units worldwide and across all operational environments.

Job Duties

  • Commanding and controlling operations during land combat
  • Coordinate employment of ordnance Soldiers at all levels of command
  • Advise commanders and staff of potential or actual explosive ordnance disposal threats in the operational environment

Ordinance Officers are stationed statewide

Quartermaster CorpsQuartermaster Corps logo

Overview

Quartermaster officers are responsible for making sure equipment, materials and systems are available and functioning for missions. More specifically, the quartermaster officer provides supply support for Soldiers and units in field services, aerial delivery, and material and distribution management.

Job Duties

  • Commanding and controlling quartermaster operations and combined armed forces during land combat
  • Coordinate employment of quartermaster Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations

Quartermaster Corps Officers are stationed statewide

Transportation CorpsTransportation Corps logo

Overview

The Transportation Corps is responsible for moving supplies, troops and equipment anywhere on the globe. During war, the Transportation Corps utilizes trucks, boats and airplanes to provide extremely fast support to the combat teams on the frontlines. Transportation officers are experts in the systems, vehicles and procedures of moving troops and supplies in the Army.

Job Duties

  • Commanding and controlling transportation operations and combined armed forces during land combat.
  • Coordinate employment of Transportation Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations

Transportation Officers are stationed Statewide

Am I eligible?

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Be 18-41 years of age
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher*
  • Have a General Technical Score of 110 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
  • Good moral aptitude (no prior felony convictions)
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation and be granted a security clearance
  • *90 credits for some commissioning Paths
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