Army National Guard Facts

In 1918, Harry S. Truman, in command of Battery D 129th Field Artillery, Missouri ARNG, said while engaging German troops in Brittany, ‘Right now, I’m where I want to be; in command of this battery. I’d rather be here than president of the United States.’

The ARNG is more than 320,000 members strong – with armories and training facilities in more than 2,800 communities.

38% of the the Army’s force structure is in the Army National Guard.

During WWII, Guardsmen received 20 Medals of Honor, 50 Distinguished Service Crosses, 48 Distinguished Flying Crosses and more than 500 Silver Stars.

33% of the Army’s Armored Cavalry Regiments are in the Army National Guard.

The militia was the primary American Force at the battles of Bunker Hill, King’s Mountain, Cowpens and Guilford Court House.

The Army National Guard made up 40% of the combat strength of the American expeditionary Force during World War I.

33% of the Army’s Combat Support structure is in the Army National Guard.

In fiscal year 2004, Army National Guard soldiers deployed to 81 countries.

59% of the Army’s Medium Helicopter Companies are in the Army National Guard.

During WWI, eleven Army National Guard divisions were noted to have spent more days in actual combat than did any regular Army divisions.

Two of seven Special Forces Groups are in the Army National Guard.

100% of the Army’s Infantry Scout Troops are in the ARNG.

Militia units made up 70% of the U.S. Army that fought the Mexican War in 1846 and 1847.

54% of the Army’s Engineer Force structure is in the Army National Guard.

The Army National Guard has 33% of the Army’s Combat Support force structure.

During the Berlin Crisis in 1961-62, a total of 45,115 Army Guardsmen were called up.

49% of the Army’s Air Defense Artillery assets are in the Army National Guard.

The term “National Guard” was first used in America by a New York militia unit on August 25, 1824 to honor a visit by the Marquis de Lafayette.

More than 60,000 Army Guard personnel were called to active duty for the Gulf War.

Before defeating the British at New Orleans in 1814, Andrew Jackson served in the Tennessee Militia.

With facilities located in all 50 states, the 3 territories and DC, the Army National Guard serves as steward to more than 1 million acres of land.

Four of the first five U.S. Army divisions to enter offensive operations during WWII were Guard divisions.

51% of the Army’s Armored Battalions are in the Army National Guard.

During the Revolutionary War, more than 164,000 miliamen served under the command of the former Virginia milita colonel, George Washington.

The most famous unit of the Spanish-American War was a cavalry unit partly recruited from the Texas National Guard , the New Mexico National Guard and the Arizona National Guard, known to most as Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Rough Riders’.

50% of the Army’s Combat Engineer structure is in the Army National Guard.

For service in Vietnam, Army Guardsmen were awarded 55 Silver Stars, 581 Purple Hearts, one Distinguished Flying Cross, 16 Distinguished Service Medals, six Legions of Merit, and more than 1,000 Bronze Stars.

Civil Support Teams (CST) are ARNG emergency response teams that assist civil authorities with detection/assessment of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats.

50% of the Army’s Combat Engineers are in the Army National Guard.

More than 158,000 National Guardsmen were called to active duty for Mexican-American border security in 1916.

Established in 1636 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Army National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Services.

Today’s National Guard is the direct descendent of the militias of the thirteen original English colonies, the earliest established in 1636.

The ARNG’s carefully managed training facilities (in excess of 1 million acres) are home to more than 50 endangered and 200 threatened species that we protect diligently.

The Army National Guard has 51% of the Army’s Combat force structure.

During the Korean War, more than 183,000 Guardsmen were brought to active duty.

62% of the Army’s Field Artillery Battalions are in the Army National Guard.

Twenty-eight of today’s Army National Guard units carry battle streamers from Revolutionary War battles.

During World War II, 18 Army National Guard divisions saw combat and were split between the Pacific and European theatres.

Before serving as Commander of the Continental Army, George Washington was a colonel in the Virginia Militia.

On any given day, an average of 4,700 ARNG soldiers are away from home in support of our national security.

During WWI, the National Guard supplied 17 combat divisions, or about 40 percent of the entire American Expeditionary Forces.

50% of the Army’s Infantry Battalions are in the Army National Guard.

The oldest units in the Army National Guard are the 181st Infantry, the 101st Field Artillery and the 101st Engineer Battalion, orginally organized on December 13, 1636.

The largest percentage of Civil War battle streamers are carried by units of the Army National Guard.

59% of the Army’s Engineer Construction capability is in the Army National Guard.

The Army National Guard has 33% of the Army Combat Service Support force structure.

More than 7,000 Army National Guardsmen saw service in the Republic of Vietnam.

49% of the Army’s Mechanized Infantry forces are in the Army National Guard.

The Guard became involved in aviation in 1911, when the California National Guard established an aeronautical detachment.

44% of all Army Combat Divisions are in the Army National Guard.

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