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?
The U.S. National Guard is older than the U.S. Army itself.
How many branches of service make up the National Guard?
What year was the Air National Guard created?
Who came up with the name "National Guard?"
Marquis de Lafayette
King Henry VIII
Other military reserve units are not part of the National Guard.
Only the U.S. President can call the National Guard to duty.
The National Guard rarely participates in major foreign conflicts.
How many presidents have served in the Guard in its modern formation?
Which U.S. territory does not have its own National Guard?
What is the highest ranking position in any state National Guard?
Adjunct Generals are typically chosen by the public in local elections.
How many U.S. National Guard members fought in the Korean War?
more than 100,000
More than half a million National Guard troops have taken part in Operation Enduring Freedom and the resulting conflicts.
The U.S. National Guard is the largest branch of the military.
How many troops make up the U.S. National Guard?
National Guard members receive monthly training year-round.
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?
burned down a dorm
shot the president
How many people died in the conflict?
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?
The Air National Guard has its own fleet of aircraft.
Most National Guardsmen never actually see combat.
The National Guard has its own branch of Special Forces.
What percent of the total Army budget goes to the U.S. National Guard?
What percentage of total Army personnel are Guard members?