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In 1972, the Department of Defense established ESGR

with the charter for fostering a culture of employer support for Guard and Reserve members. Today, more than 4,500 volunteers serve on ESGR State Committees maintaining employer support programs, providing informative briefings and mediation, and recognizing employers who go above and beyond in their dedication to employees who pledge to be both a citizen and protector of our Nation. Since ESGR's creation four decades ago, thousands of employers have been honored for their commitment to stand beside those who serve.

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How can ESGR help?

How can ESGR help

ESGR understands the unique talents and skill set Guard and Reserve Service members can bring to the civilian workforce. To make this arrangement work, both parties must be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Learn more.

Who is ESGR?

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Learn more.


The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) is a Federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for uniformed Service members and their civilian employers. Learn more.