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Active Duty vs. Reserve Duty vs. National Guard

Active duty Soldiers are part of the Army 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Army Reserve Soldiers serve part-time, and are able to work a civilian career, go to school and live where they want. Army National Guard is an essential element to the U.S. Military, protecting communities across the U.S. while serving part-time. Learn more about the differences between Active Duty, Reserve and the National Guard by following the links below.

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Types Of Soldiers

Learn the differences between the two basic types of Soldiers and choose the path that’s best for you.