The National Guard is the oldest military branch.
The National Guard's roots date back to 1636, when colonial militias
made up of ordinary citizens would put down their plows and pick up
weapons to protect families and towns from hostile attacks. Today,
Citizen-Soldiers® hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining
their military training part time, always ready to defend the American
way of life in the event of an emergency.
Our unique dual mission: serving both community and country.
The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. While
the Guard originally focused on protecting local communities, it
eventually grew into a force that complements the Active Duty Army
when help is needed anywhere in the world. The biggest difference
compared to other branches is that while Guard units are combat-trained
and can be deployed overseas, they are just as likely to serve in
their home communities.
During local emergencies, Guard units assist residents endangered by storms,
floods, fires and other disasters. Guard units deployed overseas may experience
combat. Others may use expertise gained in civilian careers to build schools
and hospitals, train local peacekeepers, or teach local farmers how to use land
Typically, Guard Soldiers live at home, where they can be near friends and
family while holding a civilian job. Drill is scheduled just one weekend each
month. Two-week annual training takes place once each year. Drill and annual
training provide Soldiers the opportunity to practice their skills, which helps
keep units trained and ready for action at all times.
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The Guard does whatever is needed, wherever it is needed.
As a Guard Soldier, your primary area of operation is your home state. Any governor
or the president himself can call on the Guard at a moment’s notice. Our versatility
enables us to respond to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug
efforts, reconstruction missions and more. The Guard always responds with speed,
strength and efficiency helping to defend American freedom and ideals. This is what
makes the National Guard a unique and essential element of the U.S. military.