Thinking About Moving To North Dakota?
The Army National Guard serves both state and federal governments. The difference between the Army National Guard and other branches is that while Army National Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed overseas, they are just as likely to serve in their home communities – training just one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year.
Except when mobilized for Federal Service, National Guard units belong to the state, and not the federal government. So, what happens when a member of the National Guard wants to move from one state to another? Is the member required to travel back to the original state to perform drills?
Not necessarily. It is possible to request transfer from one Army National Guard unit to another Army National Guard unit in another state, and such transfers, called interstate transfers (IST) happen all the time.