Originally Posted by johns624
Are the reasons that the NG is downsizing because they are having trouble getting enough members?
Some Guard units like Infantry can be a few people short, but the further you get away from the shooting, the better the chance the unit is over strength! Military Intelligence and State HQ Historical units are VERY popular.
I can't vouch for every state, but Louisiana never had trouble getting people to join the Guard. One of the main reasons is the Louisiana National Guard offers to pay all college tuition for members. The main reason for downsizing is the Pentagon figures out how many units and missions are assigned to each state's Guard. This gives the Army the perfect excuse to cut Reserve and Guard units and blame Congress and the budget. For as long as I can remember, the Army would cut the Guard Budget knowing full well that Congress would put the money back in. This Sequestrian stuff is confusing everybody and often times the Guard cuts are not put back in the budget anymore.
A while back in less financially stringent times, Louisiana raised a third Infantry Battalion. It was not attached to the 256th Mechanized Brigade and may have actually been a Leg Infantry unit. After several years the Pentagon told us to eliminate it.
Some states are having trouble recruiting for their Guard units. Many states do not offer free college tuition or other perks. Alaska and Puerto Rico once had thriving units with many recruits. Guard Pay was a welcome addition to many families there. Since then, the Army has cut back on them, accusing them of having too much drug and alcohol abuse. It is not that the Army did not know Alaskan Indians did not have Alcohol problems for years. I am not really sure what the problem in Puerto Rico is. The Navajo also have large numbers of reservation residents in the Guard/Reserve there. Some states up North have their young adults move away to find work or schooling. You can't belong to the old New York Guard unit where you grew up if you live in Texas now...