Despite having one of the strongest militaries in the world, many Americans don't really know much about their country's defense forces. This is especially true about the National Guard.
The National Guard is often billed as "military lite" by many people, and recruiters often frame it as a good part-time way to enjoy military service without having to disturb your overall lifestyle. To a point, this is true. People who serve in the National Guard do typically start out part-time and also get paid around $600 per month.
The National Guard is one of the largest sections of the US military, and it's one of the largest because of what it offers in terms of flexibility. Even though it's technically a "part time" gig, the truth is that it's still a demanding job — and it's one that not everyone is cut out for.