PART TIME: NATIONAL GUARD:
Soldiers in the National Guard serve both community and country. Their normal requirements are to serve for one weekend per month, and for a two-week training period once per year. They are activated as needed to respond to domestic emergencies, reconstruction missions, training international partner nations, overseas missions, counter-drug efforts, and more. The Guard always responds with speed, strength and efficiency, helping to defend American freedom and ideals. They are Citizen-Soldiers.
Each State and U.S. territory has its own National Guard. As a National Guard Soldier, your primary area of operation is your home state. The state governor or the President can call on the Guard at a moment’s notice. Typically, Guard Soldiers live at home, where they can be near friends and family while holding a civilian job.
PART TIME: ARMY RESERVES:
The Army Reserve is a division of the Army that lets you serve your country on a part-time basis, while picking up valuable career skills and staying in your community. Part-time service means you serve at least one weekend per month and two additional weeks per year, with the ability to scale up or down depending on your life and career needs. The Army Reserve offers more than 100 different jobs that provide valuable training and experience for your long-term life goals, in addition to being a well-trained Soldier.
OBLIGATION FOR NATIONAL GUARD OR ARMY RESERVES:
If you are a scholarship Cadet and commission into the USAR or ARNG you will serve 8 years in a drilling status (one weekend/month and two weeks/year for annual training).
If you are a non-scholarship Cadet and commission into the USAR or ARNG you will serve 6 years in a drilling status (one weekend/month and two weeks/year for annual training) and the last 2 years of your contract are either spent in the USAR, ARNG or IRR.