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National Guard 101: A Handbook for Spouses Paperback – November 21, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must for all National Guard and Reservists and their families. Easy to read and full of helpful information for families.Published on January 1, 2013 by B. Fischer
This is a welcome addition to the bookshelf of the "reserve" population who still feel disconnected from the installations and resources of active Army Families. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by David J. Henderson
As a National Guard spouse, I must say that it is about time we get a book for us! It can be very frustrating within the community to find resources and support that gears towards... Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Angela Caban
As a military wife, I've found this book to be both resourceful and accurate. It also made me realize I need to have a better plan in place for the many months my husband is away. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by milspouse