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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.

  • Emily “Smiles” Anderson takes part in the 177th Fighter Wing’s Pilot for a Day program. Pilot for a Day supports children with serious or chronic medical conditions to give them a special day away from daily challenges and to raise community awareness about their continuing fight! #pilotforaday #airnationalguard #nationalguard #guard #airforce
  • U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with a 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior Soldier during a visit on base, July 7, 2019. The last stop on the annual USO Tour led by Gen. Lengyel included six countries in Europe, Southwest Asia and Africa, designed to boost morale and express thanks and appreciation to deployed U.S. forces and their families for their service and sacrifice in support of the Joint Force mission. #nationalguard #armynationalguard #infantry #deployed
  • New Jersey Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Rafiq Pickett, an Airman with the 108th Security Forces Squadron, completes an obstacle course on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 25, 2019. SFS coordinated a two-week tactical training that included one week of classroom coursework and an additional week of field activities, such as active shooter, MOUT (military operations in urban terrain) training, and an obstacle course. 📸 by Airman 1st Class Andrea Williamson. #airnationalguard #nationalguard
  • Soldiers with New Jersey’s 1-114th Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) Counter-UAS Operators stand for a portrait at their deployed location in Qatar. #usarmy #soldiers #nationalguard
  • She said yes! U.S. Army Spc. Josh Inman, with our B Company, 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, proposed to his girlfriend Liz on June 28, 2019. Photos by Sgt. Jeff Angle @jangle.photography . #usarmy #armynationalguard #nationalguard #soldier #goarmy #proposal
  • Col. Yvonne Mays speaks during the New Jersey National Guard's Joint Enlisted Development Event on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 28, 2019. #jbmdl #joint #training #nationalguard