Requesting 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 events such as parades, Red Ribbon youth activities, food drives and Adopt-A-School programs.
The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Domestic Actions Coordinator receives all volunteer requests, reviews and validates their legal propriety, then puts out a call across the organization for volunteers. Volunteers are not necessarily provided in an "official" capacity. The National Guard, as a government institution, refrains from endorsing specific organizations or events which it does not officially sponsor. Instead, it is up to individual Guard members to decide whether 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 National Guard volunteers, event organizers should submit a completed DD Form 2536 (Request for Armed Forces Participation in Events) to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Domestic Actions Coordinator, 101 Eggert Crossing Rd, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648. Requests should be submitted 60-90 days prior to the event. Fewer 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, address, telephone, and fax number of the point of contact (POC) for the event. In the remarks section, add any POC you may have already contacted at your local armory or base.
If you have other questions, or would like more information on military support of your community event, please call the office of the Domestic Actions Coordinator at 609-530-7156.