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BECOMING ONE OF Governor Rell at the 2004 Eastern States Fair with Major Conroy (extreme right)THE GOVERNOR'S OWN...

 Persons interested in becoming a member of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard are encouraged to browse this website and its photo gallery to become acquainted with who we are and what we do. Many frequently asked questions are answered on the "info" page.   More information may be obtained by filling out the following and a member of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard will contact you.

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Prior Military Service
Prior military service is always welcome, but is not necessary.   New members will be assigned to a training NCO for training that includes drill, manual of arms, military courtesy, and proper wear of 1GFG uniforms.   Additional training occurs each summer during our annual training at the state National Guard reservation in Niantic.   Regardless of any prior or current military service, all members start off in rank as a private E-2.   This is due to our Table of Organization, which is established by state statute, and to our classification as separate and distinct from federal military units.

 

 

Qualifications
In order to become a candidate for membership in the First Company Governor's Foot Guard, an interested person should be all of the following:

  • A citizen of the United States

  • A resident of the State Of Connecticut

  • At least 18 but less than 65.

  • Of good character, neat and physically fit.

In addition to these qualifications, persons interested in becoming a candidate for membership must submit to and pass a State Police Background & Criminal Record Check, and must meet the qualifications set forth by the "Lautenberg Amendment", 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9) [Public Law 104-208], which restricts firearms access to persons convicted of domestic violence, and to persons under a restraining / protection order for domestic violence.   Candidates for membership who have met all of the above qualifications, have successfully passed a State Police Background & Criminal Record Check, are in compliance with 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9), and are familiar with the responsibilities and obligations of membership in the First Company may request an interview before the membership committee.   

 

 

AttendanceSergeant First Class Eileen Chiaro
Members of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard are required to attend drills which meet weekly on Monday nights at the Governor's Foot Guard Armory on High Street in Hartford.  Additional attendance requirements include certain parades and escort duties, Annual Training in August, and Monthly Meetings which are held at the Armory after regular drill on the first Monday night of each month.  In addition, the Foot Guard may be required to attend a particular parade, escort duty or event by order of the Governor.   

There are usually around 50 parades, meetings and required events in an average year.   Members of the First Company who join as part of the Band, or who become involved with certain activities such as the Color Guard or the Rifle Team will attend additional functions as required.  

 

 

Uniforms
Enlisted personnel of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard are issued the necessary uniforms and uniform pieces with the exception of white dress shirts, black dress shoes, ties, and certain pieces of uniforms including name tapes, name plates, and shoulder scales for senior Non Commissioned Officers.   Issued uniforms include our traditional Grenadier red uniform, a lighter weight summer red uniform, a Dress Blue uniform, a green "class B" uniform and BDUs.   A traditional dark blue wool M1840 greatcoat is also worn for Inaugural parades.   More information on uniforms can be found HERE.   It is important to note that ALL enlisted uniforms and uniform pieces of the First Company are property of the State of Connecticut, and must be returned upon separation from the First Company.   No part of our uniforms may be retained, transferred, or sold by a private individual under penalty of law.

 

 

PFC Charles DortenzioFinancial Obligations
Membership in the First Company Governor's Foot Guard involves certain financial obligations.  Persons interested in membership should contact Staff Sergeant Mike Chiaro on the "CONTACT US" page, or visit us at our High Street Armory for more information.

 

 

Joining Us...
Persons interested in becoming a part of the First Company and who can meet the above qualifications should contact Staff Sergeant Mike Chiaro on the "CONTACT US" page to arrange for a visit to our armory.   After several visits to our armory, interested persons may request a membership packet, which will include more specific information on membership requirements and obligations.

Candidates for membership who have met all of the above qualifications, who have successfully passed a State Police Background & Criminal Record Check, are in compliance with 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9), and are familiar with the responsibilities and obligations of membership in the First Company may request an interview before the membership committee.    Candidates should be familiar with the activities, attendance policies and monetary obligations of membership in the Governor's Foot Guard before appearing before the Membership Committee.

 

 



Captain Wagner with Governor William A. O'Neill