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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. 

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.

  • The New Jersey National Guard's Behavioral Health Office has a new team member. Meet Ace! #nationalguard #armynationalguard #army #usarmy #dog #gooddog #dogsofinstagram #doggo #dogs_of_instagram #dogs #pup #therapydog #ace #health #wellness #military
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The awarding of the shoulder sleeve insignia, former wartime service, better known as the combat patch, is a tradition that first began during the Revolutionary War under General George Washington. The combat patch ceremony recognizes soldiers who had served in a combat zone during a period of active enemy engagement. Soldiers place their unit patches on their right shoulders to signify their participation in the continued freedom and protection of the liberties for people of the United States of America. The unit patch worn on the uniform is based on a unit actively participating in or supporting, overseas ground combat operations against hostile forces during which they were exposed to the threat of enemy action or fire, directly or indirectly. The combat patch confirms the Soldier’s status as a combat veteran. The patch of the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team carries a storied and stoic tradition. The Brigade directly descents from the 44th Infantry Division, which was initially recognized as a New York Army National Guard Infantry Division in 1924. The Division activated into federal service in 1940, with most soldiers reporting from New Jersey and New York. The Division fought heavily in the Second World War, taking over 5,000 casualties and earning many decorations for their service in France and Germany. The 44th Infantry Division disbanded during the Cold War to make way for the 50th Armored Division, later the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. On June 25th, 2017, the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team reflagged as the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, reviving the legacy and honors of New Jersey’s own Infantry Division. The 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment will be the first unit since the Second World War to wear the patch of the 44th on their right shoulder, signifying their deployment to a forward combat area. #showemtheway #102ndcav #newjerseynationalguard #44thIBCT @njnationalguard @1stcavalrydivision @therealsilberstien
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Alpha 102nd Troopers conduct Short Range Marksmanship #newjerseynationalguard #102ndcav #showemtheway 📸 @therealsilberstien
  • PURPLE HEART DAY. Purple Heart Day on August 7 commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Darrison prepares to demonstrate the Army Combat Fitness test for New Jersey elected officials including Gov. Phil Murphy and U.S. Reps. Andy Kim (3rd.Dist.), Donald Norcross (1st. Dist.), and Tom Malinkowski (7th. Dist.) The tour started at the New Jersey National Guard's Joint Training and Training Development Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. #goarmy #nationalguard #army #soldier #fitness
  • 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