Life in the Air National Guard vs. Active Duty

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Here are some of the things to know about the Air National Guard (ANG): The ANG has 4 different statuses that a member can be in: 1) Traditional Gaurdsman (Weekend Warrior) - These are the troops who only work on Drill weekends (usually the first full weekend of the month unless that weekend is associated with a holiday, then it's the following weekend). - During that weekend they get a “meal card” (free) lunch at the dining facility - Drill days are not required to be accomplished during drill weekend; however, it is usually done on the weekends. If the Traditional has a job or schooling that prevents working on Drill weekend they can make up the Drill during the week and have the entire Fiscal year to do this by coordinating with…show more content…
This hour means missing rush traffic. - Technicians earn two retirements - One based on their Technician status - The other based on their Active Duty days - The Active Duty days you accomplish (Drills, AT days and TDYs/Deployments) count toward retirement. If you came from Active Duty you have already accumulated 1461 days (4 years) toward retirement. “Guard Babies” (someone who has only ever been Guard) will have a smaller retirement than you because of your Active Duty time. 3) State Technician - This is usually reserved for Civil Engineering (CE). - This group truly believes they are not actual military members until Drill Weekends. Rank means nothing to them until Drill. - They still get 15 days of AT a year. - Can retire when their age and their number of years working in a State position equal 80 years. - A person who starts working at 40 years old can work for 20 years until they are 60. Now they are 60 years old with 20 years of service = 80 years - If you get hired at 20 and work until you are 60 you will have 100 years of service and that is a great retirement. - They also collect retirement for their Active Duty time (AT days, Drill and TDYs/Deployments) 4) Active Guard Reserve (AGR) -

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