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The military reserve units controlled by each state of the United States, equipped by the federal government and subject to the call of either the federal or the state government.
1. (Historical Terms) (sometimes not capitals) the armed force, first commanded by Lafayette, that was established in France in 1789 and existed intermittently until 1871
2. (Military) (in the US) a state military force that can be called into federal service by the president
a state military force that is subject to call by the state or federal government in emergencies.
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|Noun||1.||National Guard - United States military reserves recruited by the states and equipped by the federal government; subject to call by either|
Air National Guard, ANG - a civilian reserve component of the United States Air Force that provides prompt mobilization during war and assistance during national emergencies
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
National Guard Bureau, NGB - the agency that administers the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard; provides liaison between the Army and the Air Force and various National Guard units
Army National Guard, ARNG - a civilian reserve component of the United States Army comprised of guardsmen who serve during overseas peacekeeping missions and during local emergencies
guardsman - a soldier who is a member of a unit called `the guard' or `guards'
territorial - nonprofessional soldier member of a territorial military unit