What are the National Guard Advantages compared to the Active Duty Military? In today’s post, I want to share some of the best reasons to serve in the Army National Guard. Of course, these are just my personal opinions, based upon my experience in the Army National Guard.
National Guard Advantage # 1: You can Serve Your State and Country
One of the things I enjoyed most about the National Guard is that you can serve your state and nation. The Active Duty Army is a Federal Force, whereas the National Guard is primarily a State Force that can also be used for Federal Emergencies. Whenever there is a flood, a hurricane, tornado, emergency or national disaster in your home state, the National Guard is typically activated to help the local authorities. This is a great feeling knowing that you are helping fellow residents in your own state.
Another great advantage about the National Guard is that you can have two careers. You can have a civilian career and part-time military career. You can do something similar in each job or something completely different. For instance, you could be a lawyer in your civilian job and be an Infantryman or Pilot in the National Guard. This lets you learn new skills and do something exciting that you wouldn’t normally get to do.
National Guard Advantage # 3: You Can Live Anywhere You Want
That National Guard has a presence in every state and U.S. Territory. Therefore, you are not limited to a certain state. And it’s not like the Active Duty where you will PCS every couple years. If your civilian job sends you to a different state, you can transfer to a different National Guard unit in the new state. Or, if you decide to move for personal reasons, you can transfer too. This means you aren’t stuck in one geographical area.
National Guard Advantage # 4: You Can Earn a Pension
The National Guard is probably the only part-time job I know of that lets you earn a pension. This is a really good deal considering most private companies offer no pension whatsoever. You can do two days a month and two weeks a year for 20 years and draw a pension at age 60. Of course, the pension won’t be a huge amount, but it will help fund your retirement lifestyle.
National Guard Advantage # 5: The Benefits Are Great
The National Guard Benefits are great. You can purchase low cost health care insurance. You can qualify for the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance. You can shop at the PX and Commissary. You can qualify for free travel. There are even scholarships for National Guard Soldiers. There are hundreds of benefits available. It really is a great deal.
These are my top five National Guard Advantages. If you currently (or have in the past) serve in the National Guard, please tell us what you enjoyed most about it. Just leave a comment below. If you have any questions, you can post those below too.