Texas Army National Guard
Who We Are
The National Guard, the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest enduring institutions, celebrated its 371th birthday in 2007. The National Guard traces its history back to the earliest English colonies in North America. Responsible for their own defense, the colonists drew on English military tradition and organized their able-bodied male citizens into militias. The citizen-Soldiers who make up the National Guard have fought in every major American war since 1637. The men and women of today's Guard are ready to become full-time professional soldiers if the need arises, whether for federal or state missions just as they did in 1637.
Serving the Local Community
For over 365 years, the Citizen-Soldiers of the National Guard have come to the aid of their neighbors during times of need. The Guard plays a key role during floods, fires and other natural disasters. The National Guard state mission mandates helping communities during natural disasters and civil emergencies.
In addition to disaster relief, the Guard is an active participant in local community organizations that assist neighborhoods in improving the quality of life. The National Guard's community service efforts support local initiatives, youth programs, health care services, and environmental efforts.Serving the Country
From the War of Independence to Operation Enduring Freedom, the National Guard has answered the call. In Haiti, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, and across the globe, Citizen-Soldiers of the National Guard have served with honor. Today, in concert with the nation's active forces, we continue to play a key role, proving we're "Always Ready, Always There."
If you want to serve your community and country while maintaining your full-time civilian career, the National Guard has a place for you. Get started here