The Army National Guard is the oldest component of the United States armed forces. Militia companies were formed with the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607. The first militia regiments were organized by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636 and from the Pequot War in 1637 until the present day, the Army National Guard has participated in every war or conflict this nation has fought. The militia stood their ground at Lexington Green in 1775 when the opening shots of our War of Independence were fired. They fought the British and their Indian allies from the Great Lakes to New Orleans during the War of 1812, and provided 70 percent of the troops that fought in the Mexican War. The majority of the troops that fought in the Philippines during the Spanish American War were National Guardsmen, and the greatest number of combat divisions to fight the Germans during World War I came from the Guard - including six out of the eight that the German General Staff rated as “Excellent” or “Superior.” The Guard doubled the size of the Regular Army when it was mobilized in 1940, more than a year before Pearl Harbor, and contributed 19 divisions to that war, as well as numerous other units, to include Guard aviation squadrons. Over 138,000 Guardsmen were mobilized for Korea, followed by numerous smaller mobilizations for the Berlin Crisis, Vietnam, and numerous strikes and riots at home. Over 63,000 Army Guardsmen were called to serve in Desert Storm, and in the decade since then, Guardsmen have seen a greater role than ever before conducting peacekeeping in Somalia, Haiti, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Bosnia, and Kosovo.
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@Javy_201 You’re welcome! Good luck with everything!
@Javy_201 You will be but you are also required to 2 wks a year after you complete basic training and your job training.
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@Javy_201 You’re welcome! It can still be hard, but the only thing I think about is it’s only 2 wks. Others are deployed for a year or more
@Javy_201 It can be hard if you have a family, but just remember that is will only be a couple weeks before you come home.
@cougarcatsarah Hooah! Welcome to the family Private Whittier!!
@Fox_Jawn @PANationalGuard Great! Welcome to the family battle buddy!!!
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@XxYellow_GirlxX That’s great! Let us know if you have any questions.
@BrownSkinSmitty If you have any questions, let us know.
@K_kaaay That’s great! Let us know if you have any questions.
@Courtney917Cl Whenever you would like.
@Courtney917Cl What do you mean?
@Courtney917Cl You would be able to collect TA before you went to Basic, so that route is open to you.
@steviedawn2O14 Good luck!
@Courtney917Cl That depends. Are you trying to enlist as a split option? That means you would do your Basic and AIT over the summer.
@Courtney917Cl Sure! What are your questions?
@Lily_Pelletier Let us know if you have any questions.