I am considering joining the national guard and being in a combat support or civil affairs related MOS. During recent events I have noticed many national guard personnel activated to control riots. If I were to join the Guard and be in a engineering, technology, or intelligence related job would I be called to be riot control?
Posted 8 mo ago
When you're in the NG and you're called up, units are called up by the Governor, not MOS's. Riot control is a very small portion of that. You could be called for wild fires, hurricane recovery, or anything else. My NG was called up to patrol New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina and they took almost everyone.
Those are are responding are from the DC Guard. They are primarily MPs. There is not an NG force that has "riot control" as a mission. They can help if needed but each usually has a force in their National Guard that can help with this. It is very very very rare for a Guard Force to be called for riot. If you were called for one you would most likely be performing some random task so the police can perform riot control. You can't arrest anyone. Police can. If you are trying to join the National Guard to fight riots you are joining for the wrong reasons.
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