The United States National Guard, also commonly referred to as just the National Guard, is part of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces, is a reserve military force, composed of National Guard military members or units of each state and the territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, for a total of 54 separate organizations. All members of the National Guard of the United States are also members of the militia of the United States. National Guard units are under the dual control of the state and the federal government.
The majority of National Guard soldiers and airmen hold a civilian job full-time while serving part-time as a National Guard member. These part-time guardsmen are augmented by a full-time cadre of Active Guard & Reserve (AGR) personnel in both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, plus Army Reserve Technicians in the Army National Guard and Air Reserve Technicians (ART) in the Air National Guard.
The Army Veterinary Corps is one of the six corps of medical specialists that make up the U.S. Army Medical Department. It is composed of professionals with military, public health, and specialty skill sets rarely found in the private sector. These highly trained specialists have a unique role in our nation’s defense strategy. U.S. Army veterinarians ensure the strength of our veterinary public health capabilities through veterinary medical and surgical care, food safety and defense, and biomedical research and development.
The Veterinary Corps also provides military veterinary expertise in response to natural disasters and other emergencies. These professionals act as our nation’s veterinary corps, charged with conducting and overseeing all Department of Defense veterinary service activities—in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force—at installations from Washington, D.C., to San Diego, California and Hawaii, and in more than 90 countries around the world.