Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming National Guard is in transition. The Guard is retiring its artillery brigade and replacing it with what is called a Fire Brigade. This means instead of shells they will fire rockets and missiles. At the same time they are trying to recruit more and are apparently having success. The Guard says during the last fiscal year they exceeded their goal, that year ended in September.
Colonel Tim Sheppard says recruiting is going well because the changes they are making provide better opportunities, like commercial driver's licenses and more upward mobility in terms of the rank of the soldiers.
Another aspect of this transition is that the Guard can recruit more women. This is possible because they have more non combat units that will support the Fire Brigade. Females cannot serve in combat units.