The Army National Guard is one of three components of the U.S.
Army. The National Guard consists of both Army National Guard and
Air National Guard components. The other two consist of the
Active Army and the
Army Reserves. The Army
National Guard has been an indispensable part of America's defense
network for over 366 years. It is a direct reflection of the
American's spirit and declaration to Live Free or Die.
The National Guard has a unique dual mission that consists
of both Federal and State roles. The President of the United
States can activate the National Guard for participation in
federal missions. Examples of federal activations include
Guard units deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo for stabilization
operations and units deployed to the Middle East and other
locations in the war on terrorism. When federalized, the Guard
units are commanded by the Combatant Commander of the theater
in which they are operating and, ultimately, to the President.
The National Guard consists of both Army National Guard and Air National
Guard components. The National Guard is composed of full time and part time soldiers,
as well as civilians, who together serve their country. Each state and territory
has its own National Guard, as provided by the United States Constitution. Contact a Recruiter
Would you like to earn an extra paycheck while serving your
country and community right in your hometown? You can do that too, when you join
the Army National Guard.
For state missions, the governor, through the state Adjutant
General, commands Guard forces. The governor can call the
National Guard into action during local or statewide emergencies,such
as storms, fires, earthquakes, civil disturbances, or to support
law enforcement. Even when not federalized, the Army National
Guard has a federal obligation (or mission.) That mission
is to maintain properly trained and equipped units, available
for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as
Do you want to go to college?
How would you like to get military educational benefits like the Montgomery GI Bill and Tuition Assistance, but serve as little as one weekend a month and two weeks a year? You can, in the Army National Guard. The Army National Guard offers living stipends, signing bonuses, a steady paycheck, and college credit for your training.
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