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.

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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 will continue at Francis Marion Reception for 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, comprised of 22 hours over two weekends, prepares non-prior service persons to effectively function in a military environment. 

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

 CERT must be completed before you can participate in any deployment.

Important: Email your CERT certificate to:

  • 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.

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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.

Current Basic MEMS requirementsUpdated 28-SEP-21:

      • IS 42 – Social Media in Emergency Management
      • IS 100 – Introduction to Incident Command System
      • IS 200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
      • IS 700 – National Incident Management System
      • IS 800 – National Response framework
      • IS 75 – Military Resources
      • IS 520 – Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas
      • IS 907 – Active Shooter
      • IS 915 – Protecting Critical Infrastructures Against Insider Threats
      • IS 2200 – Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions
      • An After Action Report (AAR) is required to be submitted, based on an actual deployment run under orders from the SEOC, or using an approved event or training exercise.  AAR Template

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 1SG Stephen Wrona:

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.

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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.