DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS
24th Special Troops Brigade, 2nd Battalion HQ
Persons seeking to enlist in the Michigan Defense Force must meet the following criteria:
Initially, all personnel enlisting in the MIVDF take on a service obligation of three (3) years and for an may reenlist in one or three year increments thereafter. . Prior service personnel of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces may be enlisted, appointed or commissioned at the highest grade held as shown on their DD-214 or NGB-22 provided a unit vacancy exists at the time of enlistment, appointment, or commission.
Persons seeking an officer appointment in the Michigan Defense Force must meet the following criteria:
Disqualifying factors include:
PHYSICAL STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS
Generally speaking, potential service members should be in good physical condition, of appropriate weight and able to pass a standard physical screening prior to entry. New recruits will need to provide a copy of a physical exam (Sports Physical) with in the last 6 months. It is important that when you have this completed that your honest with your physician and your self, you will be asked about their overall health. Keep in mind while there is a lot of administrative down time through out the year, when your unit is called to service for a natural disaster or other emergency they are usually very labor intensive jobs, be honest with your self and you will not become a casualty! Your input and the result of the exam will determine his or her ability to meet the health and physical fitness standards for military service. Because of the very particular and personal nature of these matters, one should contact a recruiter for more specific information.
Please see forms for details on the physical fitness standards required for entry. It also covers a wide range of medical factors which could potentially disqualify one from military service. Unless stated otherwise, many of these conditions are not necessarily permanently disqualifying, but they are red flags! If you have had a medical complication at any time in your life that is mentioned in the physical standard regulations, then you need to tell your recruiter. They will tell you whether your condition can be wavered, or if it is permanently disqualifying. For any circumstance where there may be doubt, a meeting can be arranged to render a final decision. Remember that if you do not get an official waiver and your condition is later discovered, you will most likely be dishonorably discharged for fraudulent enlistment.
ALTERNATE STANDARD: MEASURED RATIO
For those individuals to do not meet the Weight-To-Height standard, the Waist-To-Hip Ratio provides an alternative standard against which a person can be measured for eligible fitness. Recent research and global studies have indicated that Waist to Hip ratio is a better predictor of the risk of heart attack and general health than body-mass index, the current standard.
Determine the waist to hip ratio by obtaining the measurements as shown below and working the calculation as described.
The standard ratio is less than 0.95 for male soldiers and less than 0.80 for female soldiers.
PHYSICAL AGILITY STANDARDS
Physical Training (PT) tests are NOT administered at the time of enlistment. They are conducted quarterly at pre-determined times during one of the regular unit drills. The PT test is not a pre-requisite for duty, but it is a standard one must meet in order to be deployable.
There are three different physical tests:
Personnel who achieve US Army standards for two consecutive years become eligible for a Battalion Physical Fitness award.
Michigan State Troops are expected to attend all Inactive Duty Training (IDT) and Annual Training (AT) dates. These dates are provided in order to coordinate family functions responsibilities,and work scheduling around mandatory training periods. Employer letters are available. Maximum participation during IDT and AT events are mandatory. Per Battalion Commanders guidance, a soldier is authorized to request off 3 UTAs (25% of Training) in a 12 month IDT period.
MONTHLY UTA TRAINING:
Regular monthly Unit Training Assembly (UTA) consists of one weekend a month (1 or 2 Days) scheduled at your Battalions Armory or Base. UTA and AT are unpaid and are considered Active State Duty (ASD) however they are not Active State Service (ASS).
Michigan State Troops will have two different types of deployments: Local Deployment (ASD) these missions are usually Search and Rescue, and other small scale emergencies or disasters, or SAD deployments are Large Scale Military Support to Civil Authorities (MSCA) where the State Defense Force is called up to Active State Service (ASS) under direct orders of the Governor, the State Defense Force Troops will then be paid. ASD deployment's are generally on volunteer basis, however the success of the mission starts with having the adequate personnel to support our mission, and generally given a Employer Letter upon request.
ANNUAL TRAINING (AT):
Annual Training (AT) is held at Camp Grayling, and may be up to one week long. (ASD Un-Paid)
TYPES OF SERVICE:
To better understand the different types of service please see the following definitions as defined in state law. Michigan defines 4 types of service they are the following:
PAY AND BENEFITS:
Michigan State Troops are Paid On-Call Employees of the State of Michigan, Michigan Military Act 150 of 1967, MCL 32.683 "Pay and Allowances" Sec. 283. "While in active state service under orders of the governor, under circumstances and conditions prescribed for the national guard in this act, or in such status in the administration, training, command and supply of the Michigan defense force, the officers and enlisted men there of shall receive the same pay and allowances as are prescribed for the national guard in like circumstances."
Michigan Military Act 150 of 1967, MCL 32.811, Sec. 411. Retirement on completion of not less than 20 years of active service; eligibility; annual amount; amount to be received by spouse upon death of person.
(1) A person who has completed not less than 20 years of active service with the national guard or defense force, or both, may retire and receive retirement pay under 1 or more of the following circumstances:
(2) A person who retires under subsection (1)(a) shall receive pay of $600.00 per year. A person who retires under subsection (1)(b), (c), or (d) shall receive pay of $600.00 per year upon reaching 55 years of age.
(3) Upon the death of a person who has completed not less than 20 years of active service with the national guard or defense force, or both, and who before his or her death met 1 of the circumstances described in subsection (1)(b), (c), or (d), or was still in active service, a surviving spouse shall receive $500.00 per year until death.