The Army National Guard is community-based and reports to the governor of its respective state unless called to protect U.S. domestic interests in times of conflict or natural disaster. They may also be deployed internationally alongside full-time service members when necessary.Click to see full answer. Likewise, people ask, how long do you have to serve in the National Guard? eight years Similarly, how does National Guard pay work? Your pay in the National Guard depends on your rank and time in the military. You’re paid any time you’re drilling or called up to active duty. If you’re called up to active duty, an O-1 makes a base pay of $3,107 a month. An O-2 makes $119 per drill and a base pay of $3,580 a month. Similarly, it is asked, does the National Guard go to war? The National Guard however, is controlled by their respective state. The Army Reserves go to war overseas, whereas the National Guard is meant to stay in the United States for support.Do you get to stay home in the National Guard?You have the opportunity serve your state, nation and community while staying close to home. And because the Guard is part-time, you can hold a civilian job or go to school. Your Guard service is only part time – typically one weekend per month, and one two-week period each year.