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As the oldest branch of the U.S. Military, the Army protects the security of the United States and its resources.

The Army Reserve trains part time near home until needed, and members deploy alongside the Army.Army National Guard members deploy with the Army on a part-time basis, with a special focus on homeland security and relief programs.

Marine Corps

The Marine Corps is often first on the ground in combat situations.Marine Corps reservists train domestically until needed, then deploy with the rest of the Corps.null


The Navy defends the right to travel and trade freely on the world's oceans and protects national interests overseas.The Navy Reserve trains service members close to home until they are needed in action.null

Air Force

The U.S. Air Force protects American interests at home and abroad with a focus on air power.The Air Force Reserve gives service members the opportunity to train and serve on a part-time basis, as needed.The Air National Guard trains part time to assist in domestic disasters and international conflicts.

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard protects America's waterways and deploys with the Navy during wartime.The Coast Guard Reserve offers a part-time service opportunity for service members to train near home.null

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