The Differences Between the Army and National Guard

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“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” Winston S. Churchill. The primary mission of the Army is to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders. There are five branches of the military, but there are two branches that are always up for debate on which to join. Active Army and National Guard have many differences, such as deployment rates, retirement, and command; however, they are similar in training, rank, and pay.
The Army, Navy and Marine Corps were established in 1775 in concurrence with the American Revolution. The war department was
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The APFT consists of three tests in order push-ups, sit-ups, and a timed two mile run. The push-ups and sit-ups are timed at two minutes and individual has a certain number of repetitions to complete depending on their age group. All soldiers are required to meet a 60% in each category in order to pass. Those who fail must repeat all events within three months. Active Army is a standalone career. When one is on Active duty they can live on post or off post. Active Army is a full time job working and training Five to Six days a week 40 plus hours a week. National Guard can be considered a dual career, when someone joins the National Guard they drill one weekend a month two weeks a year while maintaining a fulltime civilian job. Both Active and National Guard if chosen to make a career the term length consist of 20 years until they are able to draw retirement. When joining Active duty you are given a duty assignment at any active installation, chosen by the Army. National Guard is assigned to any National Guard armory with in that state of joining. National Guard armory assignment depends on that soldier’s MOS. Active Army soldiers deploy more than any other branch. The standard Army deployment is 12 months, then 12 months stationed at home. How often a person deploys depends on the need of their job. National Guard can be deployed for state emergencies, at any time. When they
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