How does the Air National Guard compare to the Army National Guard?
I was in the Air Guard, but interacted with the Army side on a regular basis. There are differences. For one thing, Army Guardsmen are not near as familiar with their officers as Air Guardsmen are. I worked closely with officers and consequently we were more at ease around each other. Another thing to consider is that the Air guard has many more full time guardsmen at their bases than the Army does. due to some peculiarities, it's possible that some enlisted members make more money than the officers.
Why are U.S. Army personnel called "soldiers," Navy "sailors," Air Force "airmen," but Marines are called "Marines"? Do they still call Air Force personnel “airmen”? And what about in the National Guard and Coast Guard?
Because Jarheads is too confusing. (I kid...I kid) Actually, you join the Army and are called a soldier. You join the Navy and are called a sailor. You join the Air Force and are called an airman. You don't join the Marines, you BECOME a Marine. It is really like that. The Air Force is a lot like a regular job while wearing a uniform. The Navy is like the Air Force, just on a ship/boat. The Army is what everyone thinks of when they think of a job in the military without specification. That is why civilians will call people from any of the armed forces soldiers (and all non-Army folks get upset) but never call a soldier an airman or sailor, or Marine. The Marines are a literal change in a person. I retired from the Army and it will always be a significant part of me. But it doesn't define who I am. A retired Marine will generally always consider themselves a Marine first and whatever they are doing now as a subset of their existence. They BECAME a Marine and you can never take that from them, it will never be the second thing they are. I am a school teacher that retired from the Army. A Marine would be a Marine that happens to teach school now.
How does the National Guard compare to the Army in the U.S.?
I was in the Virginia Army National Guard, 29th Infantry Division, in the 1990s, so my impressions might be outdated. However, back then we operated at a slower training tempo with a lot of corner cutting, had equipment that was older and of a lower quality than that of the regular army, and were far more laid back and less spit and polish than the regular army.We were in the most literal sense a militia, second line troops who, the theory went, were familiar with the basics of soldiering, and could hopefully be brought up to speed and regular army standards with a few months of intensive training if we were called up to fight a real war. The WW1 and WW2 blueprints for making use of the National Guard.I doubt even the most gung ho amongst us had any delusions about our chances if we had been deployed to an active war as we were.
How does the switch from Army National Guard to Active Duty Army work? How hard would it be?
Lot of good information here. Bit of background, I’ve done it. I was Army National Guard for 12 years, and I’ve now been back in the regular Army for almost 12. Just because it’s been so long, it’s possible the answer is (perhaps slightly) different now, but when I did it, essentially the process was getting that DD368 signed.Contrary to one of the answers, the Guard -can- stop you from going into an OCS program. I’m pretty sure that the Army would not even let me apply for OCS without having the signed form. If the Guard has recently spent a bunch of money in training you, the likelihood that they’ll release you is significantly less. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Most people in the Guard are former active duty, so many will support you in that. Some places you may find withhold the authority to sign the DD368 to a senior officer level.You didn’t specify if you intend to go for an officer program. If so, for me the process was to go to a recruiter, who helped me put together a packet for OCS which contained a DA photo, a statement about why I wanted to be an officer, letter of recommendations (which I got one from my company commander), a physical, etc. That went before a board and I was selected. When I left for the Army I think there was something on the DD368 that showed I had entered active duty, and the National Guard processed me out. Depending on the experience of the recruiter they may not know all the details, so you may need to do some research on your own. Mine had not recruited anyone from the National Guard previously. Rules change all the time, though, and only recruiters keep up with it, so make the “career office” your first stop if you go forward with this.If the Guard is not willing to sign your form (for now) you have a few options - one is to look at Active Guard Reserve (AGR) / Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW). In these positions you will remain in the Guard, but will count towards active duty. As previously mentioned if you join an ROTC program that may also be a route, although ROTC does commission to the reserve component as well. What I would not do is go for a Guard OCS program. Those will almost for sure make it that the Guard will not give you up.Finally, a significantly less good option, but I’ve seen people do it is move. When you do so, it’s not feasible for the Guard where you’re at to hold on to you. You’ll be transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve to which you can apply for active duty (I believe without a DD368).Hope this helps!Edit: I realized there is one other opportunity for returning to active duty. If you are currently a commissioned officer in the National Guard, or a Warrant Officer in certain MOSs, there is a program called “Call to Active Duty.” Here is a page with more information. Note it does require a DD368 for both National Guard and Army Reserve.
How large would the U.S. armed forces be, without a draft, if they activated all army and air national guard units, all reserves as well as all military personnel discharged, but still within their 8 year commitment? Approximate size?
Not as big as you may think… the modern military population that has served in the military since 9/11 is only .6% of the general population… the population is 325.7 million… that number would be 1.9M active duty guard/reserve troops that have served… that number is even lower because we can only go back to 2010 and not 2001.
How does someone get their military record after separating from the Army National Guard?
Historical records are obtained by going here:Veterans Documents and Personnel Records | USAGovOr hereRequest Your Military Service Records
What are some ways to get out of the Army National Guard?
It is not easy. One signs an enlistment contract for a specified number of years, that includes active (Drilling) service and inactive service. Misbehaving or going Absent Without Leave (not showing up) can get you “chaptered out” and there are long time legal consequences for this. Considering that the Guard often involves only drilling it might be best to serve, and not reenlist. If it is a real burden, work with your Commander and 1SGT and Personnel Section (S1) cooperatively and see if you can get your contract changed to more inactive time, or make some other arrangement. There is no better pride to have later in life than knowing you served honorably. Remember, this will be a life changing decision and you may truly regret it later. I strongly advise you work with your chain of command to get out honorably. Messing this up is something you will regret later.
How hard is it to be in the Army National Guard in college? Is it worth waiting for until you’re out of college?
Members of the reserves forces, to include national guard units, are required to drill 1 weekend a month. Sometimes a drill is extended from 2 days to 3 days or 2.5 days of drill. A drill day is divided into 2 parts for pay purposes which makes a 2 day weekend drill a 4 part/point drill. During a 12 month year a soldier must gain 48 points plus the 2 weeks or 15 days of active duty drill. 48 drill points during a 12 month time period plus the 15 AD points equal 63 points required to have 1 good year towards retirement.Senior NCO’s and officers are required to put more time into this “part time” job then junior enlisted. You will not find that requirement written in any document. It is just one of those official but unofficial rules of the game. And trust me. You will not be financially compensated for your extra time and effort expended.How hard is it to be a drilling member of the guard and be a full time student? If that is all you have going on in your life then I would say you shouldn’t have any problems. Sacrifice is the name of the game. If you are not will to make sacrifices in your life then don’t complain when you don’t go anywhere in life.