In addition to the Guard’s regular training on our Mission Ready Packages (MRP’s), there are several aspects and avenues of training available for TXSG personnel. TXSG personnel is not eligible to attend schools conducted by federal military forces. We do however offer formal training through the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Senior Leadership Course and the Basic Instructor Course.
Self-Study Courses – there are several self-study correspondence courses available online from FEMA, the National Fire Academy, and some other agencies that are required for all personnel. Some are required for promotion; others are required for emergency management qualifications. All are free.
Professional Military Education – these are required for promotion in the TXSG. BOT is the ground level course for all non-prior service personnel. For enlisted personnel, the Airman Leadership Course sponsored by the TXSG Air Branch and available for self-study with a proctored written test is required for promotion to E5. The Basic NCO and Advanced NCO courses are conducted online through the TXSG email server. These courses take approximately six months to complete and are required for promotion to E6 and E7 respectively. For officers, the Basic Officer course is required up through O3 with the Advanced Officer course required for O4 and O5. Command and Staff College is required for O6.
Special Skills Training – the TXSG has many “Special Skills” areas for focused training. Dive Team members are required to obtain their own professional diver training at a certified facility at their own expense. Opportunities to train with other agency divers such as Texas Parks & Wildlife occur periodically. Medical training for our Medical personnel is conducted in-house. Boating and Seamanship, Communications, Search & Rescue, and Security training is periodically scheduled with local agencies and other State Guard units.
Additional Training Opportunities – As a state military organization, there is a wealth of courses hosted by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and members of the National Homeland Security Consortium that are available at no cost to the member. In some cases, these opportunities are funded for travel and lodging