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
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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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