So I served proudly in the Missouri Army National Guard for 7 years, ETS'd for a short time then I came back and switched over to the Army Reserve. One thing that always seemed to bug me while I was in the Guard was that it was always seemingly looked down on like "a step below" the Army Reserve, whether it was from AD or from civilians who would say "Oh so you're not in the REAL army"
Posted 4 y ago
I often fail at providing articulate responses, but I will give it my best. Because they are idiots. I honestly don't think most Active Duty Soldiers know the difference between the State and Nation. I honesty could care less for various reasons like: You are either a poor, good, or great Soldier...regardless of background. I have a "unique" job and I am fortunate enough to interact with a litany of Services and Components. There are some very advantageous qualities from COMPO 2 and 3 Soldiers and at times, they are far more qualified to conduct some of the complex mission sets. Ultimately birds of a feather will flock, and then talk shit about different birds. Something like that anyways. Lastly, a REAL Soldier is anyone who knowingly and willingly offered one human life as collateral payment for this sweet thing we call freedom. I am not entirely certain it is a French word, but pardon my French...fuck'em!
Yes, this is a holdover from the Vietnam War era when the National Guard was looked upon as a dodge to stepping foot in Vietnam and when a majority but not all National Guard units were just muster units for older Veterans to serve out the remainder of their service in peace. It was BS then and it's BS now. Many people forget that NG and USAR units compromised a large chunk of the Soldiers taken captive in the Phillipines in World War II, that later took part in the Bataan Death March. Some forget the role the National Guard played in the Berlin Airlift. And there were plenty of National Guard units that served in Vietnam. The reputation reared it's ugly head again in the 1980's, when the Democratic Governors banded together and attempted to prevent their National Guard units from deploying to Central America, I believe led by everyone's hero, MA Governor Micheal Dukakis. At the time the Democrats thought Central America was going to be Vietnam part II and passed all sorts of obstructionist measures in Congress (one of them made Marine LTC Oliver North famous when he ignored it......Boland Amendment). President Ronald Reagan took the Democratic Governors to court and won decisively that he had the right to deploy troops from the NG anywhere he wanted on the face of the Earth without their consent. That was the last I personally heard of the NG being a protected service that never deployed, early to mid part of Reagan's tenure. After that they started sending NG units to Korea, Germany, Central America, etc, etc. But during the 1980's still the majority of NG units remained CONUS and it really was not until the GWOT that you had mass deployments overseas to Afghanistan and Iraq. National Guard was largely passed over for the first Gulf War in the early 1990's in favor of direct musters from the IRR to Regular Army units. Thank the Pentagon for that decision, NGB attempted to fight it but was rebuffed.
Because they just do not realize the many differences between the different services. Most people do not realize that the Guard is older than either the Reserves or the Regular Army. Not that it makes any difference which has been around longer really. Many Guard units can trace their lineage back to the Revolutionary War. Guard members also bring a lot of various skill sets to the fore. We have E-4's in our units that are accomplished businessmen, ER nurses, Paramedics, many Emergency Response and Police that deal with crap everyday. You more than likely will never get that kind of training as an E-4 in the RA, yes sometimes our PT scores aren't as stellar or our marksmanship might lag a little. The majority of National Guard soldiers bring much more technical experience to the table than their counterparts in the RA.
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