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Career: Army National Guard

A Day in the life of a Army National Guard

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As a member of the Army National Guard, you will be required to serve for as little as one weekend a month and two weeks a year (usually during the summer). One major difference between the National Guard and the Army is that the work opportunities differ by state. A Guard member in Pennsylvania might have the chance to become an Aviation Operations Specialist whereas one from Nevada will not. But there are numerous work opportunities in all states in Civil and Public Affairs, Administration, Intelligence, Logistics, Combat Operations and Communications.

Paying Your Dues

You must be a U.S. Citizen or legal alien, and no younger than seventeen to apply. Basic training is standard for all recruits, and involves physical and mental training to improve military prowess, physical strength and stamina.

The National Guard is not just about military operations. The Guard gives flood, earthquake and other natural disaster aid to their region. Depending on what state you live in, there are many different ways to help the local population. If any foreign power every tries to invade the United States, the National Guard will be in the thick of it, defending their neighbors, friends and families against the aggressors.

Associated Careers

Members of the Army Guard usually have concurrent careers elsewhere within the spectrum of the job market. Some commonly associated careers include law enforcement, engineering and technology.

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