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North Carolina Army National Guard
Joint Force Headquarters, North Carolina Army National Guard CSIB.gif
North Carolina STARC shoulder sleeve insignia
Country United States
Allegiance North Carolina
Branch Army National Guard
Type ARNG Headquarters Command
Part of North Carolina National Guard
Garrison/HQ Raleigh, North Carolina
Nickname(s) Hornet 6
Seal of the Army National Guard Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg
Distinctive unit insignia HQSACNCARNG-DUI.gif

The North Carolina Army National Guard is a component of the United States Army, the United States National Guard, and the North Carolina National Guard. Nationwide, the Army National Guard comprises approximately one half of the US Army's available combat forces and approximately one third of its support organization. National coordination of various state National Guard units are maintained through the National Guard Bureau.

North Carolina Army National Guard units are trained and equipped as part of the United States Army. The same ranks and insignia are used (see enlisted insignia or officer insignia) and National Guardsmen are eligible to receive all United States military awards. The North Carolina Guard also bestows a number of state awards for local services rendered in or to the state of North Carolina.[citation needed]

The North Carolina Army National Guard is composed of approximately 10,000 soldiers, and maintains 93 Army National Guard Armories in the state.[1]

Units and formations


National Guard units can be mobilized at any time by presidential order to supplement regular armed forces, and upon declaration of a state of emergency by the governor of the state in which they serve. Unlike Army Reserve members, National Guard members cannot be mobilized individually (except through voluntary transfers and temporary duty assignments (TDY)), but only as part of their respective units. However, there has been a significant amount of individual activations to support military operations (2001-?); the legality of this policy is a major issue within the National Guard.[citation needed]

Active duty callups

For much of the final decades of the twentieth century, National Guard personnel typically served "One weekend a month, two weeks a year", with a portion working for the Guard in a full-time capacity. The current forces formation plans of the US Army call for the typical National Guard unit (or National Guardsman) to serve one year of active duty for every three years of service. More specifically, current Department of Defense policy is that no Guardsman will be involuntarily activated for a total of more than 24 months (cumulative) in one six year enlistment period.[citation needed]


The North Carolina Army National Guard traces its origins to the colonial militia in 1636. The Militia Act of 1903 organized the various state militias into the present National Guard system.

The 252nd Armor Regiment was originally constituted on 20 March 1959 as the 196th Armor for the North Carolina Army National Guard as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System and assigned to the 30th Infantry Division.

The North Carolina Army National Guard is home to the 30th HBCT, the first National Guard maneuver brigade to deploy as a full brigade since World War II.[citation needed]

Historic units

See also


113th BN Headquarters

  1. "Guard 101" (PPT - PowerPoint presentation). NCNG website - "Always Ready Ready Team!". North Carolina National Guard. pp. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 - Guard Family Connection, Volume 4, No.1, p. 16
  3. North Carolina Military Academy

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