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Welcome Aboard

Welcome to the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Empire State Team and congratulations on your selection for one of the Navy's most important and challenging assignments! Recruiting is a unique duty assignment, one where your contributions directly affect our Navy's ability to man the Fleet and be fully mission ready every day. It requires strong, motivated men and women who embrace unique challenges and believe in the opportunity our Navy has to offer other deserving young adults.

Now, let me tell you about the team you are joining. Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Empire State extends from New York to New Jersey. We are roughly 200 military and civilian members strong, manning a Headquarters in Garden City, New York and approximately 35 recruiting stations.

NTAG Empire State is in TRICARE Region East. TRICARE Prime "Remote" is appropriate for active duty members assigned to NTAG Empire State. Some Recruiters will not be near a military Medical Treatment Facility. The command also has a Health Benefits Advisor (HBA) available to help answer your TRICARE questions and assist you with all TRICARE related issues. The HBA can be reached by contacting Headquarters and asking for the current HBA contact information.

You are required to report to NTAG Empire State Headquarters for check-in processing. The entire process will take approximately one week to complete. It is important you bring your original orders, P-File, supporting personnel documentation and receipts. Your completed travel claim will be forwarded to Personal Support Detachment (PSD) Groton, CT. PSD is approximately 132 miles away and the majority of business is conducted through email. I strongly encourage you to find a residence within reasonable commuting distance from your assigned station. Traffic in New York is like nowhere else. What may have been a "reasonable" distance at another station may not be as reasonable in New York. Often a 20 mile drive can take upwards of 90 minutes. Reach out to your sponsor for assistance.

Until your sponsor is assigned, contact the Chief Recruiter at (516) 683-2504 or anyone listed below. Again, welcome to NTAG Empire State!

Commander Robert C. Ballard Jr Commanding Officer, NRD New York  

Reporting Aboard

When arriving to the NTAG Empire State area, report in the uniform of the day to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Empire State, 990 Stewart Avenue, Suite 220, Garden City, New York 11530.

All newly reporting personnel (regardless of your ultimate station assignment) must begin check-in at the Admin Office at headquarters.

If you are reporting for recruiting duty, the Chief Recruiter will determine your ultimate recruiting station assignment.

Government Leased Housing

To allow for a smooth transition, requests for Government Leased Housing (GLH) should be submitted prior to your reporting onboard. The entire application process can be completed online by clicking here.


BAH Rates

1. NTAG Empire State Telephone Numbers:

General Number (516) 683-2500 Commanding Officer (516) 683-2501 Executive Officer (516) 683-2502 Command Master Chief (516) 683-2532 Chief Recruiter (516) 683-2524 Administrative Officer (516) 683-2518


Since no government messing or quarters available, all personnel will draw BAS and BAH.

3. Pay.

The servicing PSD is located in Groton, CT, which is a two hour drive from the District Headquarters in Garden City, NY.

4. Apartment/Housing Availability

In most areas throughout the district there is an abundance of housing available for rent or purchase. Your sponsor will include information on apartment renting or housing availability specific to the area you may wish to settle.

5. Utilities.

Will be incurred when establishing a residence and may vary based on local area utility requirements, so plan accordingly.

6. Rental deposits.

Most apartment complexes and rental homes require one month's rent, one month security deposit, and a broker's fee. This could total the equivalent of three months' rent.

7. Uniforms.

NTAG Empire State's uniform policies are governed by Commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic. Naval Weapons Station Earle has limited uniform items (NWUs, PT, etc.). The nearest major Naval installation where all uniforms may be purchased is Naval Submarine Base, Groton, CT. Use of the Navy Uniform Center is highly recommended. Their number is (860) 446-5400 or go online at Ensure you have a sufficient amount of uniforms prior to reporting to NTAG Empire State.

8. Working Hours.

Though working hours may vary, the normal working hours are - Support personnel: 0800-1630 and Recruiters: 0900-1730.

9. Medical/Dental/TRICARE.

Medical/Dental facilities are provided through TRICARE Prime Remote for most personnel. Prior to reporting, contact our HBA by calling Headquarters and asking for the current contact information.

10. School/Adult Education.

There are vast educational opportunities throughout New York through public and private schools as well as Universities and Community Colleges. Consistent with workload, all personnel are encouraged to further their education.

Contact Us

Public Affairs Officer: (516) 683-2506 Administrative Officer: (516) 683-2518 General Number: (516) 683-2500 Commanding Officer: (516) 683-2502 Executive Officer: (516) 683-2501 Command Master Chief: (516) 683-2532 Command Duty Officer: (516) 250-3656 Chief Recruiter: (516) 683-2524 Recruiting Operations Officer: (516) 683-2525 Medical Programs: (516) 639-3877 Officer Programs: (516) 683-2517