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Consider the following:
ALWAYS READY, ALWAYS THERE!
There are many reasons to choose a career as a health care professional in the New York Army National Guard. Whether you're involved in direct patient care, research, disease prevention, allied health care fields or veterinary medicine, the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) has an abundance of opportunities. The Army Health Care Team is one of the largest comprehensive systems of health care in the country. AMEDD is made up of six corps:
The New York Army National Guard offers direct commissions in Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Branches to highly qualified medical professionals who have acquired special skills through education and employment experience. Opportunities exist for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Dentists, Nurses, and persons who desire a career in medical administrative, logistical, and operational positions.
AMEDD personnel from New York Army National Guard have provided medical support during state and federal missions. State missions have included providing medical support to attendees of the Pope's visit in 2008; providing medical care to low income families during Guard Care; provide logistical support to Health Fairs; and Medical Readiness Exercises in Panama, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Belize, and Honduras. Federal missions have included providing medical support to soldiers during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in the early 1990s.
Today, the New York Army National Guard AMEDD community continues to serve proudly in the true tradition of the National Volunteer, the Citizen Soldiers; providing medical support stateside to soldiers preparing for deployment and providing medical care to soldiers overseas in Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
When you become a member of the New York Army National GUARD officer corps, you can be proud to know that you are leading some of the most dedicated, hard working and knowledgeable soldiers in the country that have been time tested again and again. The choice to enter the GUARD is a choice to join a distinguished, time-honored profession that is rich in tradition. This is only the first step in a demanding, exciting and rewarding career that can be yours as an officer in the New York Army National Guard. Do you have the Fortitude to meet the challenge and become an Officer in the GUARD?
What makes the National Guard different from other branches of the military is its unique duel mission. The GUARD is called to serve both country and our communities. In the wake of natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or wildfires, the Governor has the option to call out the NY Army National GUARD to assist with the relief effort in affected communities. This is why American public knows it’s not a real emergency until they hear the GUARD has been activated. Then they know it’s really bad.
Founding Fathers - When American’s founding fathers authorized the documents that gave birth to the new republic, they strongly held that few institutions are more important than a well-regulated militia (The GUARD). Large standing armies, they believed, could become instruments of tyranny. According to the consensus, it would be better to rely on volunteer citizen-soldiers to take up arms. Signers of the Constitution enshrined the right of individual states to raise and maintain their own home guards, and local militia become a bedrock of good government and vital instruments for preservation of American Liberty.
Since then, the concept of the GUARD has grown to what it is today. The Army National Guard is an elite group of warriors who dedicate a portion of their time to serving their nation. Each state has its own Guard, as required by the Constitution-in fact, it is the only branch of the military whose existence is actually required by the Constitution.
The GUARD first and foremost responsibility will be protecting and defending American interests. This may mean deployment out of state or overseas. If they’re called up, they'll be ready. There is a long and noble history of the National Guard serving at home and abroad to ensure the safety and freedom of their fellow citizens. They have combated natural disasters, supported regular Army troops and, when called upon, born arms against their nation’s enemies.
Since 1636, the GUARD has brought glory and honor upon itself and its soldiers through quiet and selfless service. It’s being a part of a noble tradition of service extending back almost 400 years. It means you become a member of the best trained, best equipped, and most respected military force in history. It means you will make a difference. Do you think you have what it takes to be a member of this select group?
Being an Officer in the NYARNG means you’re a leader, a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It’s similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an officer, you will lead other soldiers in all situations (Wars, fires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters) and adjust in environments that are always changing. Living up to the motto: ALWAYS READY, ALWAYS THERE!
CW3 Kenneth Redick
AMEDD Officer Accessions
Cell: (518) 275-6014