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Mary Corbett is a professional writer and National Guard wife. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News Channel, local television affiliates, and nationally syndicated radio. Her first book, The List, was published in 2006. Mary lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with her husband Major Jon Roscoe, ARNG, their children Holly and William, and their dog Rumsfeld. Visit her website www.marycorbett.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611210682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611210682
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been "married to the military" for 17 years. My husband is a traditional "M Day" Guardsman and in addition to his regular drill weekends and AT, he spent 10 months in Iraq. This book covers all the basic information a Guard spouse needs to know. The author breaks down military complexities and presents material in a straightforward and fun way. I wish I would have had this before and during my husband's deployment. The deployment chapter presents the perfect plan for Guard families. The author understands that although there are resources available, Guard families often go it alone.
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I'm not a National Guard wife but I most certainly represent thousands of Army wives on Army Wife Network. My business partner and AWN cofounder, Starlett Henderson, is a National Guard wife. I learned very quickly in building a business with her that there was much for me to learn about the National Guard life. You wouldn't think that there was a difference between Active Duty and Guard but coming from this AD wife - there is - and frankly, the Guard has it a lot harder in my opinion. Not only did I learn more about the National Guard and the resources that support them from Mary's book, I also gained a new found respect and perspective. This book is a MUST HAVE for EVERY National Guard/Reserve family. Mary did a fabulous job of addressing everything from the history, rank, to the social and family programs. HOOAH!
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If you have someone, a friend or family member, joining the National Guard, this book is a must read. It is very easy to read and very interesting, and it answers many questions you may have (as well as quite a few useful things you didn't know to ask!). It covers everything from etiquette, to rank and insignia, to how to cope when your soldier is gone, and more! I found out the Oregon National Guard hands this out to new guard members (after I bought it). It definitely made things easier, and helped me better prepare and relate to my spouse while they were joining/serving.
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I am about half way through and I am really glad I got this book. Being a new military girlfriend I needed to study up on how things work. This book is well written and is full of helpful and useful information. I definitely suggest it to those that are new to the military/national guard life and want to understand a little more how it all works.
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My wife is an officer in the Army Reserves based in Illinois and has served in the Reserves ever since graduating college, 7 years go. As difficult as any deployment is... ours was relatively unique as we got engaged 2 months before she deployed and were married 3 months after she returned. She served a 12 month tour in Iraq in 2009-2010 at the US Embassy and our experience was a full of every emotion you can imagine.

This book is particularly useful to those new to military life. Even though my wife is in the Army Reserves, the book explains the different events that military families attend and outlines a very unique plan for getting support during deployments. Being a not yet official "spouse" this was highly educational and helpful in assisting me navigate all of the resources at my disposal while my fiance was deployed.

A must read for any military spouse or soon to be spouse!
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Interview courtesy of the publisher.

SB: Most people are familiar with the four branches of the United States Armed Services: Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. Can you explain to our readers how the National Guard fits into our military?

MC: Across all branches, military members belong either to the active component or the reserve component. The United States National Guard (USNG) and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) are reserve components of the U.S. Army. The National Guard serves a dual mission: providing each state with trained and equipped units to protect life and property, and providing the nation with units that are ready to defend the United States at home and abroad. Each state has its own National Guard, under the control of the Governor (although the President of the United States can request the services of the Guard). Members of the Guard typically serve part-time, except when they are activated to full-time duty. The National Guard is the oldest component of the United States Armed Forces and will celebrate its 375th birthday on December 13, 2011.

SB: What prompted you to write National Guard 101: A Handbook for Spouses?

MC: I married my husband -- a long time member of the Minnesota National Guard -- in 2000. Although I had family members who had served in the military, I had zero experience with military protocol or culture. The only thing I knew about the National Guard, at that time, was "one weekend a month, two weeks in the summer." After moving to Georgia in 2001, followed by my husband's deployment to Guantanamo in 2002, I realized that although I had never considered myself one, I was, indeed, a military wife. I spent a lot of time searching the internet looking for information to help me understand my role as a Guard spouse.
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