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Free Beach at Sea Girt, NJ
Guard Soldiers and their families can enjoy free beach facilities at the Army National Guard’s Training Center at Sea Girt, NJ. Enjoy a day of fun and sun. All it will cost is the gas to get you there.

Hunting and fishing licenses
Eligible National Guard personnel are entitled to free licenses, permits and stamps.

Fly For Free Guard Soldiers can travel free on military planes when space is available. You can fly within and between the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico. Availability is based on a priority system.
Discount Shopping Guard Families can enjoy privileges at military installations around the world, including tax-free discount shopping at any Military Exchange and commissary.  You can even shop online at the Exchange.
Healthcare The Guard cares about the health of Soldiers and their Families. Military members and their Families can purchase inexpensive health coverage from TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS), for the top-quality healthcare they deserve.
Life Insurance Low-cost life insurance plans are available for Guard Soldiers – up to $400,000. Family members are eligible for Family Service Members’ Group Life Insurance.
Thrift Savings Plan As a member of the uniformed services, you have the opportunity to participate in one of the finest retirement plans in the world. The TSP allows Guard members to contribute to a long-term savings and investment plan.
Re-employment Benefits When you have to leave your job to serve your country, you are assured of being able to come back to work when you return. Federal law protects your right to be re-employed in the same position upon returning from military service.
Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loans Guard Soldiers may be eligible for VA home loans with minimum or no down payment. VA guarantees loans for homes up to a pre-determined amount and can also eliminate the need for private mortgage insurance.
Uniformed Services Retirement Plan The Guard can continue to pay you every month after you have finished serving. This is on top of any benefits from your civilian career and any other retirement funds you may have coming.
Veteran’s Hiring Preference New Jersey’s merit system provides veterans preference in employee selection. Qualified veterans are placed at the top of an open competitive employment list ahead of non-veterans.
Temporary Lodging As a member of the Army National Guard you will qualify to use on-post military temporary housing when available.  This is a great benefit no matter where you are going.
Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located at Disney World. This resort is designed to provide R&R for our nation’s brave servicemembers and their families.
Waves of Honor Waves of Honor permits National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.
Blue Star Museums More than 2,000 museums across America offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

57th Troop Command

The 57th Troop Command provides command and control for several logistical, aviation, and administrative units in the NJ Army National Guard. The Command also provides emergency response for floods and similar disasters in New Jersey.

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Olta Xhaçka, fourth from left, Albanian Minister of Defense, along with. Left to right, U.S. Navy Cdr. James Hilton, U.S. Defense Attaché to Albania; Florian Kali, Albanian General Director of Defense Policy; Brig. Gen. Ndriçim Sallaku, commander, Albanian Support Command; Lt. Col. Greg Cerullo, New Jersey State Partnership Program Director; Lt. Col. Ryan Smith, commander, Army Aviation Support Facility; Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Rizzo; Albana Agastra, public affairs officer for the Albanian Minister of Defense; Col. Ardian Bali, Albanian Defense Attaché to the U.S., and a New Jersey Army National Guard Soldier pose for a group photo in front of a UH-72A Lakota, left, and a UH-60M Black Hawk during a tour of the New Jersey Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., April 17, 2019. (New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen) #statepartnershipprogram
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Edgerton demonstrates how to reload an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during training on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., April 16, 2019. (Photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht) #nationalguard #guard #armynationalguard #soldier #armysoldier #infantry #11B
  • Olta Xhacka, Albanian Minister of Defense, right, and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jemal J. Beale, The Adjutant General of New Jersey, attend a meeting between Albanian visitors and the New Jersey National Guard at the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs campus, Lawrenceville, N.J., April 17, 2019. In 2001, The Republic of Albania signed a bilateral affairs agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense and the state of New Jersey thus officially establishing the New Jersey-Albanian State Partnership Program. The National Guard State Partnership Program is a U.S. Department of Defense program managed by the National Guard that links U.S. States with partner countries around the world for the purpose of supporting the security cooperation objectives of the geographic Combatant Commanders. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht) #nationalguard #statepartnershipprogram
  • Congratulations to Sgt. Samantha Merryfield, right, and Senior Airman John Cucci, left, winners of the 2019 New Jersey National Guard Best Warrior Competition! #nationalguard #bestwarrior #usaf #usairforce #army #airman #soldier
  • New Jersey Best Warrior competitor Senior Airman John Cucci, left, and mentor Tech. Sgt. Dylan McCubbin kneel for a portrait on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., April 10, 2019. #tacp #jtac #usaf #usairforce #airforce #airnationalguard #nationalguard
  • New Jersey’s Best Warrior Competition is underway for the next three days!