The Idaho Committee of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a state committee organized under the National Committee, an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Because the nation's Ready Reserve components comprise approximately 46% of our total available military manpower, excluding retirees and because these Reservists, as a necessary part of the national defense, will spend more time away from the workplace defending the nation, it is imperative that an understanding and cooperation between Reservists and their civilian employers be promoted. In addition, the employer educational programs promoted by the National as well as the Idaho Committees encourage employee and citizen participation in National Guard and Reserve programs by:
1. Gathering community appreciation for the role of the National Guard and Reserve in our national defense
2. By educating employers about personnel policies and practices that accommodate employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve
3. By assisting in preventing, resolving, or reducing misunderstandings that result from military duty requirements under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
4. Assisting in training National Guard and Reserve members about their obligations and responsibilities to employers
Specifically, with these goals in mind, the Idaho Committee of over 100 volunteers in six regions have begun an aggressive campaign to educate, involve, and inform both employers, reservists, and their families so that the Army National Guard's 116th Brigade Combat Team that was deployed to Iraq last year will have a seamless transition back to civilian life later this year. The 5-Star Program, promoted by the Idaho Committee of ESGR, is designed to recognize those employers who provide additional training and benefits to Reservists that are above and beyond the USERRA requirements. Since October of last year, the Idaho Committee has tripled the number of 5-Star Employers in the state. The Idaho Committee nominated the name of a
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