The US National Guard Quiz
by Staff
National Guard members are heroes both overseas and in their own communities, protecting and serving at both the state and federal level. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this often unappreciated branch of the armed forces.

Where did the National Guard originate?

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland

The U.S. National Guard is older than the U.S. Army itself.

  • TRUE

How many branches of service make up the National Guard?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

What year was the Air National Guard created?

  • 1747
  • 1847
  • 1947

Who came up with the name "National Guard?"

  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • George Washington
  • King Henry VIII

Other military reserve units are not part of the National Guard.

  • TRUE

Only the U.S. President can call the National Guard to duty.

  • TRUE

The National Guard rarely participates in major foreign conflicts.

  • TRUE

How many presidents have served in the Guard in its modern formation?

  • none
  • one
  • two

Which U.S. territory does not have its own National Guard?

  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico

What is the highest ranking position in any state National Guard?

  • Corporal
  • Adjunct General
  • Major

Adjunct Generals are typically chosen by the public in local elections.

  • TRUE

How many U.S. National Guard members fought in the Korean War?

  • none
  • around 1,000
  • more than 100,000

More than half a million National Guard troops have taken part in Operation Enduring Freedom and the resulting conflicts.

  • TRUE

The U.S. National Guard is the largest branch of the military.

  • TRUE

How many troops make up the U.S. National Guard?

  • 260,000
  • 360,000
  • 460,000

National Guard members receive monthly training year-round.

  • TRUE

What is the National Guard term for your job?

  • Primary Occupational Grouping
  • Assigned Occupational Position
  • Military Occupational Specialty

What did a group of National Guard members do at Kent State University in 1970?

  • shot protestors
  • burned down a dorm
  • shot the president

How many people died in the conflict?

  • none
  • four
  • ten

What happened to the troops who fired on the protestors at Kent State?

  • killed by an angry mob
  • imprisoned for life
  • released without charge

Why did more than 28,000 National Guard members deploy to New York City in the spring of 1970?

  • to deliver mail
  • to ensure peaceful protests
  • to cleanup after a hurricane

Which of these actors was NOT a member of the Guard?

  • Robert Redford
  • Tom Selleck
  • James Garner

The Air National Guard has its own fleet of aircraft.

  • TRUE

Most National Guardsmen never actually see combat.

  • TRUE

The National Guard has its own branch of Special Forces.

  • TRUE

What percent of the total Army budget goes to the U.S. National Guard?

  • 1 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 50 percent

What percentage of total Army personnel are Guard members?

  • 3 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 32 percent

Which state has the largest National Guard?

  • Texas
  • California
  • New York

Babe Ruth was a Guardsman.

  • TRUE