THE VOLUNTEER STATE The volunteer spirit and Tennessee, an inseparable combination since 1780 when Colonel John Sevier called for "100 good men," and 200 answered, has been a source of pride for generations of Tennesseans. Today, that spirit is still alive and well with the more than 10,700 Soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard. They serve as full partners with active duty American men and women, worldwide, to make up the "Total Force" of the American defense. We take pride in the opportunity to protect our homes, our community, and our country!
The Guard responds to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more—with speed, strength and efficiency. As a Guard Soldier, your primary area of operation is your home state. Any governor or the president himself can call on the Guard at a moment’s notice. Our versatility enables us to respond to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. The Guard always responds with speed, strength and efficiency helping to defend American freedom and ideals. This is what makes the National Guard a unique and essential element of the U.S. military.