Joining the National Guard or reserves is a great way to combine the benefits of military life with civilian life. Reserve duty can also lead to military retirement, after 20 years of combined active and reserve duty.

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Re-enlist, Reserves, or Transition? 4 Things to Consider

Maybe you’re just ending your first tour of duty. Maybe you’ve fulfilled your obligation to your country. Now, you’re at a crossroads—re-enlist, reserves, transition out? How do you know you’re making the right call?

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When Your Guard or Reserve Service Member is Called to Active Duty

Your spouse or partner is preparing for deployment and transitioning from reserve status to active duty. Take advantage of several deployment support programs.

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Joining the Military as a Reservist: Eligibility, Obligation and Benefits

Joining the Reserve Component of the military is a great way to serve your country. You will also earn valuable benefits without giving up your civilian employment or schooling.

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Benefits for Members of the National Guard and Reserves

Through programs like Military OneSource, the Department of Defense offers resources, services and tools to help individuals and families navigate civilian and military life. These benefits are designed to be accessible to those who don’t live near an installation. Learn what’s available so you don’t miss out.

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Veterans Affairs Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Members

Guard and reserve members are entitled to benefits and services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, just like their active-duty counterparts. The VA can help Guard and reserve members cover the cost of school, secure a home loan or acquire life insurance.

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