Honoring Every Pledge, Past and Present

U.S. Army Sgt. Titus Fields, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places an American flag in front of a grave stone in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. This tradition, known as "Flags In," has been conducted annually on Memorial Day since The Old Guard was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr./Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Titus Fields, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places an American flag in front of a grave stone in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. This tradition, known as "Flags In," has been conducted annually on Memorial Day since The Old Guard was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr./Released)

In his first inaugural address in 1981, President Ronald Reagan shared the story of a World War I Soldier whose words and actions remind us of the sacrifices we honor on Memorial Day.

Martin Treptow was working as a barber when he joined the Iowa National Guard. On July 29, 1918, during the battle of the Ourcq River in France, Pvt. Treptow was killed as he ran to deliver a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.

Among his personal effects was a diary. The flyleaf at the front of it was titled “My Pledge,” followed by these handwritten words: “America must win this war. Therefore, I will work. I will save. I will sacrifice. I will endure. I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the whole issue of the struggle depended on me alone.”

Pvt. Treptow didn’t fight alone. The outcome of that world war didn’t depend on him alone. But may words like his, alone, remind us why we celebrate Memorial Day: to honor U.S. service members’ bravery, optimism, love of country, and sheer resolve.

To all past and present members of the military across this great Nation, On Your Guard thanks you for your service.

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May’s Hot Job Is … 31B Military Police

Now that On Your Guard is back online, we plan to pick one hot job each month throughout 2015 and tell you a bit about it. What defines each featured job as “hot”? One all-important benchmark: number of times people searched for it on the National Guard jobs board. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

 

For anyone thinking about starting down a law enforcement or security services career path, the 31B-Military Police military occupational specialty (MOS) in the Army National Guard may well be the best first step possible. In fact, 31B is, hands down, the most searched for MOS on the jobs board.

Just like their civilian counterparts, military police, or MPs, are called upon to preserve law and order. That means preventing and investigating crimes, providing surveillance, gathering evidence, patrolling the base, controlling crowds, and providing security to keep the peace. They also respond to natural disasters and other emergencies on the home front.

Besides its primary mission to serve local communities, the National Guard is also called upon to serve the Nation. Military police who are called to active duty in a war zone support battlefield operations. This could include working with intelligence officers to deal with prisoners of war and guarding senior officers. The Guard’s military police also have been called upon to train police forces in other countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Speaking of training, 31Bs attend 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, followed by 8-10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training for their MOS. Advanced training includes both classroom and in-the-field instruction, and you’ll learn how to conduct police work, from crowd control techniques to how to restrain suspects and investigate crimes. The Guard also offers MPs additional opportunities for specialized training, such as an Interviewing and Interrogation Course and an Active Shooter Response Course.

The National Guard is a part-time commitment, which allows Soldiers to simultaneously serve and work toward a degree and/or pursue a civilian career. So, once you’re finished with Basic and Advanced training, you’ll have time to take advantage of the Guard’s outstanding education benefits, like tuition assistance and the Montgomery GI Bill. From there, you’ll be able to combine that education with the experience you’ll have as an MP to become an excellent law enforcement/security job candidate.

Plus, as SPC Stephen Strebinger explains in this video, MP training can give you a better feel for what area of civilian police work you want to pursue. He says he’s working toward a degree in criminal justice, and “the Guard’s paying for me to get there.”

For more information about how you can join the Guard’s military police, or learn more about any of its 200 career fields, visit the National Guard jobs board and contact a recruiter today.

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“Thank You” to All Who Answer the Call

Armed Forces Day poster | May 16, 2015 | Honor Those Who Answered the Call to ServeThis Saturday on Armed Forces Day, our Nation will, as this DoD image so aptly states, “honor those who answered the call to serve.”

Selecting the phrase “answered the call” was clearly a deliberate choice, as military life is far more a calling than just a job. Those who don a uniform to serve this country often risk life and limb, put in long hours, separate from their loved ones for long periods of time, and more.

To all who have answered that call, we at On Your Guard say, “thank you.” For your sacrifices. For your bravery. For your dedication.

Happy Armed Forces Day!

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