Every Guardmember learns occupational skills, many of which are directly transferable to the civilian workforce.
The National Guard opened a lot of doors for me," says ROTC alumnus and Guardmember Mercer.
However, its citizen soldiers and airmen, called Guardmembers, may serve in both federal and state capacities.
Today's guardmember, the 21st century minuteman, must be available to deploy at a moment's notice to defend America at home or abroad.
Within 72 hours of President Bush's request to the Governors, guardmembers were assisting civil authorities in protecting U.
Air guardmembers have executed CONUS runway alert missions since the 1950s, and Army guardmembers manned Nike missile sites in the 1960s and 1970s, all while serving in a state status.
Yet there is a profound difference between the experience of the two: Instead of returning to a centralized installation with facilities, supports, and a community of comrades and families with whom they can identify, a Guardmember or Reservist returns to a civilian community, where they are meant to blend back into a nonmilitary lifestyle--to their jobs, to their families, to the life where they left off.
Yet in the current conflicts, Guardmembers and Reservists are being used in a fashion far different than the norm.
Additionally, many servicemembers are National Guardmembers
and Reservists, who are not eligible for care within these military and veterans healthcare systems and will have to return to their civilian healthcare providers.
In exchange for their cooperation" Dutko indicates, "employers of Guardmembers
and reservists get quite a lot in return.