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How do I find out what will be expected of me at basic training?

For information on basic military training held at Lackland AFB base, visit their Web site at: http://www.lackland.af.mil/units/737trg.asp.

How is the Air National Guard different from the Air Force Reserves?

Although the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve are both a part of this nation's Reserve Forces, there are a few differences between us. One difference is the Air National Guard serves both the state and nation in times of need. Another difference is that all Guardsmen are assigned to units, while many reservists are IMA's or Individual Mobilization Augmentees. We assist civil leaders during natural disasters, state emergencies and civil unrest. That means the National Guard serves in a dual role and may be called out to provide help in state and federal matters.

We also have a community mission. Air National Guard members live and work beside you. We strongly believe in assisting and giving back to our communities. We serve as mentors and tutors in local schools, as volunteers in community projects and as liaisons between the military and civilian worlds.

Another difference is our educational benefits. Both the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, but only the Mississippi National Guard offers an annual tuition grant to any state supported community college, junior college, or University, under the State Educational Assistance Program.

I would like to sell a product/service to the Air National Guard?

Under the Federal Acquisition Regulations, any contracting opportunities/projects that the National Guard undertakes are solicited via normal contracting procedures, including approval from the Acquisition Planning Board.

For your convenience, to find out about contracting opportunities with the National Guard, log on to the Commerce Business Daily web site at: http://cbdnet.access.gpo.gov. All solicitations on behalf of the Guard can be found on that site.

What is the Air National Guard?

The Air National Guard is a community-based military force. It is distinctive among United States reserve military forces in that it has both a federal and state mission.

In peacetime, the Air National Guard is commanded by the governor and may be called to state active duty by the governor during natural disasters, civil disturbances or other state emergencies. During a war or national emergency, the Air National Guard may be called to federal active duty by the president or Congress. The Air National Guard serves as the primary source of augmentation for the active Air Force.

What travel opportunities are available in the Mississippi Air National Guard?

Most of our units deploy annually for their 15 days of active training. Training sites have included locations all over the United States and Europe. As a member of the Mississippi Air National Guard you will have the chance to deploy with your unit during these annual missions. The opportunity to travel space available is also a great benefit of Air National Guard membership. You can travel free within the United States when there are vacant spaces on a flight.

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