By joining the National Guard, you become a part of that the US military tradition. But National Guard soldiers serve differently than in the other branches. You train and serve part-time instead of committing to a longer term of service. This allows you to live at home where you choose and spend more time with your family while you’re still part of the military with all its benefits.
You’re also like a modern day member of the Minutemen. The Minutemen were the American militia during the Revolutionary War. When they were called, they came to defend their country. The National Guard follows that tradition. You’ll be part of that brave, strong legacy started by the Minutemen, in your willingness to answer the call of service if it should come.
The third benefit is a financial one. You’ll reap the financial rewards of military service when you join the National Guard, even if you serve part-time. There are also full-time opportunities for some people in the Guard, and you may decide you want one of those military jobs. If not, you’ll have an advantage when it comes to civilian jobs, thanks to your service. You’ll also get veteran benefits like health insurance and retirement thanks to your service in the National Guard.