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North Carolina National Guard

The North Carolina National Guard is an all volunteer force of nearly 12,000 soldiers and airmen who serve in both federal and state capacities.

The Guard is first a federal reserve of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force subject to the call of the president of the United States to provide units that are manned, trained, equipped and available on short notice to perform national defense missions.

The Guard maintains the same high standards for training as the Army and the Air Force so that it can mesh seamlessly with their active-duty counterparts in times of national emergency both at home and abroad. To maintain readiness for its wartime mission, Guard soldiers are trained and equipped with the military's most up-to-date weapons and aviation systems.

The Guard is also on call at the governor's request to protect life and property and to preserve peace, order and public safety on the state level.

As part of its peacetime mission, the Guard assists the public in times of emergency such as after hurricanes, floods or tornadoes. Guard aviation units support local governments in searching for missing persons, assisting law enforcement personnel with aerial searches for marijuana, and fighting forest fires. In addition, the National Guard participates in local communities with programs that add value to families, employers and neighborhoods.