BECOMING ONE OF THE
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.
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.
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
A resident of the State Of
At least 18 but less than
Of good character, neat and
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.
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.
Enlisted personnel of the First
Company Governor's Foot Guard are issued the necessary uniforms and
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.
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.
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.
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
appearing before the Membership Committee.