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Georgia State Guard

Post  Sean on Mon 08 Mar 2010, 1:01 am

What fascinates me is the levels of military units in the US, regular army, national guard and then state guards?
Some photos of the Georgia State Guard, 1942, courtesy of Life

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Re: Georgia State Guard

Post  ChrisF202 on Mon 08 Mar 2010, 7:45 am

The State Guard/Defense Force/Naval Militia/etc are very much like the British Home Guard during WWII. They are technically considered military personnel but they are funded entirely by the state government and cannot be sent overseas, their levels of training and equipment vary state by state. At one point, virtually every state and territory had a State Guard/State Defense Force however currently only 22 states plus Puerto Rico have active State Guard units. New York, Alaska, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and Virginia also have state naval militias.

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Re: Georgia State Guard

Post  Sean on Mon 08 Mar 2010, 6:41 pm

Excellent thanks.
Do they have their own dress regulations?

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Post  ChrisF202 on Mon 08 Mar 2010, 10:51 pm

Sean wrote:Excellent thanks.
Do they have their own dress regulations?
For the most part, no. They wear the standard service and dress uniforms (now being replaced with the universal "Army Service Uniform") with the "US" replaced by the state initials. The combat uniform varies by the state, some still wear the old BDUs while some wear the newer "Army Combat Uniform". The "US ARMY" nametag on the combat uniform is replaced by "ALSDF" for Alabama, "ALASKA", "NY STATE GUARD", "PRSG ARMY", "VA. DEF. FORCE", etc. The ranks, medals, and rank insignia are the same as the US Army (the naval components use US Navy ranks, insignia, etc).

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Post  buistR on Tue 09 Mar 2010, 9:08 am

Has the new universal Army Service Uniform (a modern adaption of the classic dark blue tunic and light blue trousers) started to appear in public yet? Or is the grey-green service uniform still the norm?

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Re: Georgia State Guard

Post  ChrisF202 on Tue 09 Mar 2010, 11:44 am

buistR wrote:Has the new universal Army Service Uniform (a modern adaption of the classic dark blue tunic and light blue trousers) started to appear in public yet? Or is the grey-green service uniform still the norm?
Ive only seen it worn twice (once at a funeral and once at a recruiting fair), for the most part it seems that the dress greens still dominate but the switchover is not supposed to be mandatory until 2011 or 2012 IIRC.

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National Guard units

Post  wfrad on Tue 09 Mar 2010, 10:32 pm

This may be of interest:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/21360408/National-Guard-Units
http://www.scribd.com/doc/23294410/On-Guard-Spring-2009
Just a taster,
Searching the site can be a little hit and miss but there's a number of pdf files on the site regarding the National Guard, may take some time to find anything useful though!

For those who may not have come across the site, if you wish to download anything you must become a member, which is free.
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open files rather than directly download,
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