The South Carolina State Guard Military Academy serves as the foundation for all Professional Military Education for the State Guard. Over the past several years the training requirements and focus of the Academy has undergone some dramatic changes. Lessons learned during the great flood of 2015 and subsequent emergencies have redefined how we approach training.The Military Academy offers courses throughout the year. Specific dates for open courses are provided in the Student Handbook.
2018 Course Offerings
Student Handbook must be read and acknowledged before registering. All core course descriptions are included.
- Basic Training Course (BTC) TC will run from January through June
- Basic Leader Course (BLC) will start in March and will run through June*
- Advanced Leaders Course (ALC) will start in March and will run through June*
- Officer Basic Course (OBC) will run from January through June
- Captains Career Course (CCC) will run April through June
- Staff Officer Course (STOC) will run January and February
*May be extended based on circumstance and student progression
Francis Marion Reception Company
All new members of the South Carolina State Guard must complete an orientation and in-processing course with the Francis Marion Reception Company which includes entry-level training in anti-terrorism and force protection, uniform issue, processing for ID cards, and registration for email accounts. Prior service personnel are dismissed when in-processing is complete; those new to the military spend the rest of the weekend training in Basic Soldier Skills.Basic Soldier Skills includes drill and ceremonies, wear of the uniform, grooming, deployment readiness, military rank structure, military courtesy, and introduction to military leadership. This training allows non-prior service personnel to function in a military environment until such time as they can be scheduled for the Basic Training Course (enlisted personnel) or Officer Basic Course (commissioned officers).
Francis Marion Reception Company training is required before non- prior service personnel may be deployed. Invitations to attend Francis Marion Reception Company are issued by the SCSG Administrative Section after all application documents have been verified.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
MAJ Howard van Dijk (email@example.com) is the SCSG Coordinator for CERT. He can advise you on course availability. You may also check with your county Emergency Management Division office for local course availability. CERT must be completed before you can participate in any deployment.
Important: Email your CERT certificate to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- IS 317 (Prerequisite to CERT): This is an online FEMA course which can be found on the FEMA Training website. You must take this course before taking the CERT course.
- CERT: This is a 20-hour class, taught in two full days or several evenings.
Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS)
All SCSG Personnel should complete the nine MEMS courses within the first six months of your SCSG membership. The required courses, shown below, are available online, free of charge, at the FEMA web site under Training, Independent Study Program (ISP). Click here to visit the FEMA Web Site.
- IS100.b – Introduction to Incident Command System (NIMS)
- IS200.b – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (NIMS)
- IS775 – Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
- IS700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS)
- IS800.b – National Response Framework (NIMS)
- IS 75 – Military Resources
- IS 907 – Active Shooter
- IS 915 – Protecting Critical Infrastructures Against Insider Threats
- IS 106.16 – Workplace Violence Awareness
SCSG Personnel must complete these courses. If you wish to qualify for the MEMS badge, you must also complete an assigned MEMS practicum. For information on the Practicum, contact SGM Wesley Snipes at email@example.com
Additional information about MEMS requirements is available from State Guard Association of the United States’s website. Scroll down the list of links to download the most recent MEMS Student Manual.
McCrady Training Center
The McCrady Training Center occupies the eastern third of the Fort Jackson footprint. The state-of-the-art facilities and thorough training provided by our cadre, ensures our troops have the most efficient and useful military training available anywhere.Brigades participate in emergency preparedness exercises such as the National Disaster Medical System Exercise at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. This exercise, a nationwide initiative of the U. S. Army is under the direction of Moncrief Army Hospital, located at Ft. Jackson, for South Carolina. It simulates a natural disaster with patients transported from a disaster scene to a staging area for triage and further transport to local hospitals for treatment.