COMPONENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI MILITARY DEPARTMENT
COMPONENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI MILITARY DEPARTMENT
The Mississippi State Guard (MSSG) is the constitutionally authorized State Defense Force of the State of Mississippi. Operating under the authority of the Mississippi Military Department, it is on an equal constitutional basis with the Mississippi Army National Guard, (MSARNG) and the Mississippi Air National Guard (MSANG). The Commanding General of the State Guard is appointed by the Adjutant General of the State of Mississippi, and answers directly to him. Further, all Commissioned Officer appointments and or promotions must be approved by the Adjutant General.
The Mississippi State Guard is an all-volunteer organization tasked with supplementing the forces of the Mississippi Army National Guard and/or Air National Guard upon the order of the Governor of the State of Mississippi through the Adjutant General of the State of Mississippi. While its primary mission is to assist in coping with any man-made or natural disaster, the MSSG trains to be ready to meet any assignment. As a State Guard Unit, it is not subject to any federal authority, with regard to assignment and/or control.
Mississippi State Guard members are volunteers, self-equipped (armed only under special circumstances, as defined by law), can only operate within the borders of the state, and are unpaid unless activated to assist or backfill the MSARNG.
The mission of the Mississippi State Guard is to establish and maintain an all-volunteer formal military organization as the state's reserve to the Mississippi National Guard (MSNG). The MSSG is to assist the MSNG with in-state missions as directed by the Governor and the Adjutant General of Mississippi. The MSSG is tasked with assuming the mission of the MSARNG should they be fully mobilized outside the state. The MSSG is similarly tasked with securing armories, assistance to Guard families, and assuming other duties until the full mobilization ceases. MSSG personnel may, at the request of the Adjutant General of Mississippi, be trained in the protection of the life and property, of the citizens of Mississippi due to natural or man-made disasters.
The Mississippi State Guard was initially established as the Home Guard by executive order in 1941, during World War II, after the Mississippi National Guard units were called to federal active duty. In 1986, when the United States Army adopted the "Total Force Concept" in which the National Guard of all states are trained as, and considered an integral part of, the active duty forces of the United States military (though remaining under State control unless activated to Federal Service), the MSSG was re-activated and re-organized as a cadre force to augment the state's National Guard Forces, as necessary, in the event of their federal deployment. U.S. Code, Title 32, Section 109, authorized the states to organize a State Defense Force (SDF) as provided by its laws. The Mississippi Code of 1972, Chapter 5, paragraph 33-5-1 thru 33-5-53 authorizes the establishment of the Mississippi State Guard.
Any citizen of the United States at least 18 years of age is eligible for enlistment in the MSSG. However there are restrictions, you cannot have any felony conviction and cannot be a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, active, reserve or National Guard. The MSSG is a military unit consisting of enlisted personnel and officers. Each are required to take an oath of enlistment or office respectively.
There is no contractual time limit when joining, however continued membership is contingent upon completion of required training and satisfactory participation.
To receive a commission as an officer, you must have held a commission in the armed forces of the United States, or officer candidates must possess a four-year degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and possess skills and education required by the MSSG.
Candidates with no prior military service must complete Initial Entry Training (IET) and successfully pass the Officer Candidate Course prior to commissioning.
The MSSG is a volunteer, self-funded, self-equipped military unit which means you will be responsible for purchasing the required uniforms and equipment needed for deployment.
As a member when you have completed the required training, you must be willing and available to deploy anywhere in the state when ordered to do so by the Adjutant General. When called, you will be eligible to receive State Active Duty pay and travel allowance as stipulated in the Mississippi Code.
As a member, you are required to meet military grooming and uniform standards at all times when on duty. You will also be responsible under The Mississippi Code of Military Justice and required to render all military honors and courtesies and follow the orders of those appointed over you.
Being a part of the Mississippi State Guard is a privilege and an honor. It enables us to assist our fellow citizens during their most vulnerable times following a disaster of any kind. If you have the desire to learn new skills and assist others, please fill out the Contact Request Form and we will contact you to get the process started.
The Mississippi State Guard is actively recruiting across the state in many fields of expertise. We are currently recruiting for the following types of both enlisted and officer positions:
Training, Operations Engineering, Safety, Communications, Technology, Web Design, Database Administration, Office Administrative, Military Police, Supply/Logistics, Medical, Public Affairs, Recruiting/Retention, Chaplain's Assistant, NCO/Enlisted.
If you have expertise or are interested in training for one of these fields, please contact us today. We will find the position that will best meet your needs and those of the Mississippi State Guard.
The MSSG Head Quarters is located in Jackson, Ms.
The 1st Brigade serves central Mississippi and operates out of Walnut Grove, Ms.
The 2nd Brigade serves the northern part of Mississippi and operates out of Holly Springs, Ms.
The 3rd Brigade serves the southern part of Mississippi and operates out of Camp Shelby.
As Military Police, you’ll protect peoples’ lives and property by enforcing military laws and regulations. You’ll also control traffic, prevent crime, and respond to all emergencies. You’ll conduct force protection, anti-terrorism, area security, and police intelligence operations.
As an Judge Advocate (lawyer in the Military), you’ll be responsible for offering legal services to Soldiers, officers, and to officers' families. You’ll primarily focus on the areas of criminal law, legal assistance, civil and administrative law, labor and employment law, international and operational law, intelligence law, and contract and fiscal law. You’ll offer legal reviews, ethics opinions, advice to commanders and their staff, and assist Soldiers with legal services.
As a Paralegal Specialist, you’ll be an integral part of the MSSG legal system. You’ll be expected to provide legal and administrative support in all areas of criminal law, family law, international law, civil and administrative law, contract law, and fiscal law. You’ll assist judges, Army lawyers, and unit commanders with legal matters and judicial work.
The Public Affairs Office acts as a liaison between the Mississippi State Guard and the National Guard and Civil Authorities.
The Public Affairs Officer combines regional expertise, language competency, political-military awareness, cross-cultural communication and professional military skills to conduct public affairs operations and support civil-military operations in support of conventional operations.
The Mississippi State Guard Public Affairs Specialist participates in and assists with the supervision and administration of MSSG public affairs programs primarily through news releases, newspaper articles, web-based material and photographs for use in military and civilian news media.