The Maryland National Guard traces its roots to 25 March 1634, when two militia captains were amongst 150-odd colonists who disembarked in the new world to form the first European settlement in what would become Maryland. Although all able-bodied males were obligated to serve in the militia, the captains also called upon volunteers to establish a professional armed force known as the “trained bands.”To succeed in today's competitive world, you need more than desire and brains. You need a résumé. Real-world experience. Nothing gives you that faster than military service. Our programs train you for the career of your dreams and give you concrete skills for your résumé. When employers see the National Guard on your résumé, they'll know they can count on you.