Requesting National Guard Volunteers
Many times, special event organizers call requesting volunteer assistance from National Guard soldiers or airmen. Members of the National Guard have a proud history of local community service, including participation in local parades, food drives, blood drives, and other events. The Connecticut National Guard Directorate of Military Support staff receives all volunteer requests, reviews and validates their legal propriety, then puts out a call across the organization for volunteers. Volunteers are not provided in an "official" capacity. The National Guard, as a government institution, refrains from endorsing specific organizations or events that it does not officially sponsor. Instead, it is up to the individual Guard members to decide whether or not they volunteer their time. Event organizers should also be aware that military mission requirements may, on occasion, prevent our people from supporting off-base events.
To request military volunteers from the National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed DD Form 2536 (Request for Armed Forces Participation in Events) (PDF).
Requests should be submitted 60-90 days prior to the event. Less than 60 days notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event generally are NOT considered. Be sure to include the event's name and date, the sponsoring organization, and the name, telephone, and fax number of the point of contact for the event.
If you have other questions, or would like more information on military support of your community event, please call the Connecticut National Guard Directorate of Military Support at 860-493-2794.