For many, the call to military service never stops. There’s nothing else like the adventure, the camaraderie and the pride of serving your country. If you have prior service and are thinking about continuing your military service, you need to connect with the California Army National Guard.

The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. The difference between the National Guard and other branches is that while Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed overseas, they are just as likely to serve in their home communities—training just one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year. During local emergencies, National Guard units assist residents endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters. National Guard companies deployed overseas may see combat, but are often found building schools and hospitals, training local peacekeepers or teaching local farmers more efficient techniques and better uses of their land.

The National Guard’s unique dual mission—serving both the state and federal governments—offers you opportunities you won’t find in other branches. You’ll live and work where you choose. You’ll be combat-trained and equipped to defend America anywhere in the world, but you’ll be just as likely to serve in your home community—usually by training just one weekend per month and one two-week period each year. Whether you’ve served in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard, you’ll be able to combine your years of prior service with time in the Guard to stay on track toward your 20-year retirement.

National Guard Members can choose from over 150 careers in fields including medicine, technology, engineering, transportation, communications—serious jobs that can give you a real advantage over the competition. As a prior service individual in the National Guard, you can:

• Move into a new career, or move up to the next level in your current career.
• Use up to 100% tuition assistance.
• Hone your leadership skills through advanced leadership schools.
• Combine your prior service with your Guard service to earn retirement benefits.
• Serve part-time in your community.
• Maintain healthcare benefits.
• Continue to enjoy all the other traditional military discounts and benefits.

*Benefits are subject to change check with your local Recruiter, Reserve Component Career Counselor (on Active Duty posts) or visit for the most up-to-date information. 

You already know about the action, the excitement and the sense of purpose you get from serving your country. Now you can apply your leadership and skills around the world and in your community. Put your prior service to use in the National Guard. There are openings statewide for prior service Officers and Enlisted personnel. Visit, call 1-800-GO-GUARD or contact your local Recruiter to learn more.



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