Our Units

The units of the New York Guard are spread out throughout the state. New York City and Long Island are covered by the 88th Area Command. The Lower Hudson Valley is served by the 56th Area Command. The rest of the state is led by the 10th Area Command. If you have skills that our Headquarters Staff require, you would drill out of Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor, New York.

During State Active Duty you have the opportunity to serve anywhere in the state. The location of the mission determines which soldiers will be put on State Active Duty first.

Our Area Commands

The Heart of Our Mission

10th Area Command

Central New York, Western New York

56th Area Command 

Hudson River Valley, Capital Region, Upstate NY

88th Area Command 

New York City and Long Island

HQ & Special Units

Rounding Out Our Capabilities


Our headquarters staff is lead by our Commanding General. While this is not where every new recruit goes, there are often available slots within the HQ staff. Our Headquarters is based at Camp Smith in  Cortlandt Manor, New York


Our medical staff supports the activities of the New York Guard and adds to New York State's medical capabilities.

Recruiting and Retention

We. Need. You! Recruiting and Retention is at the heart of our efforts to provide solid soldiers for New York State. Join us!

Public Affairs

With all of the hard work that the New York Guard does, someone has to spread the word on who we are, what we do & our distinguished history. Public Affairs is always looking for photographers, writers, videographers, and new media specialists. Got creativity and a talent? Join our team!

Legal Support

Our Legal Support staff assists the New York National Guard and provides services for the service members of the New York Guard.

Chaplain's Corps 

Our Chaplain's Corp meets the religious and emotional needs of our soldiers, they can be found on most state active duty missions meeting the same needs for all of New York's service members.

Our Area Commands

Each Area Command has separate units called detachments. Talk with a recruiter and see which detachment is closest to your home.