Occupation:Protecting the United States While Serving the Local Community
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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 their weapons to protect families and towns from hostile attacks. Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while training part-time, staying ready to defend America in the event of an emergency.
The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. The difference between the Guard and other military 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—training just one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year. The incredible versatility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more—all with equal speed, strength and efficiency.
The Army National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. Whether the call is coming from the state governor or directly from the President of the United States, Guard Soldiers are always ready and always there.
On May 21st, 2014, Dale Jr. inducted the entire National Guard into the Superman Hall of Heroes to honor the 354,000+ Citizen-Soldiers who selflessly serve our country and communities and keep us safe both at home and abroad. For more information on National Guard benefits and opportunities visit NationalGuard.com.