North Carolina National Guard

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North Carolina National Guard
N.C. National Guard Logo 2014.PNG
Seal of the North Carolina National Guard
Country United States
Allegiance North Carolina
TypeSeal of the United States National Guard.svg National Guard
RoleOrganized militia
Armed forces reserve
Size~11,000 personnel
Part ofNorth Carolina Department of Public Safety
National Guard of the United States
Headquarters1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina
35°48′34.5″N 78°42′52.7″W / 35.809583°N 78.714639°W / 35.809583; -78.714639Coordinates: 35°48′34.5″N 78°42′52.7″W / 35.809583°N 78.714639°W / 35.809583; -78.714639
Motto(s)"Always Ready, Ready Team"
Commander in ChiefGovernor Roy Cooper
Adjutant General of North CarolinaMajor General M. Todd Hunt, NCARNG

The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG), commonly known as the North Carolina Guard, is a component of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the National Guard of the United States. It is composed of Army and Air National Guard units. The adjutant general's office is located in Raleigh.


National Guardsmen at the Mexico-US border

The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.[1] Other than state defense forces and the state defense militias, the National Guard is the only United States military force empowered to function in a state status.

Those functions range from limited actions during non-emergency situations to full-scale law enforcement of martial law when local law enforcement officials can no longer maintain civil control. The National Guard may be called into federal service in response to a call by the President or Congress.

The federal mission assigned to the National Guard is: "To provide properly trained and equipped units for prompt mobilization for war, National emergency or as otherwise needed." The state mission assigned to the National Guard is: "To provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise provided by state law."


The North Carolina National Guard, or Carolina militia as it was originally known, was born from the Carolina Charter issued on March 24, 1663. The charter allowed the eight lord proprietors the rights to "levy, train and muster men of all sorts" to protect the lives and property of the peoples living in the Carolinas.

The state of North Carolina also maintained the North Carolina State Defense Militia as North Carolina's official state defense force to augment the North Carolina National Guard during stateside missions. The unit has since been suspended indefinitely.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in North Carolina, the North Carolina National Guard was activated to assist in logistics and transportation of medical supplies, as the state reported it had 179 cases.[2]

Command structure[edit]

The Governor may call individuals or units of the North Carolina National Guard into state service during emergencies or to assist in special situations which lend themselves to use of the National Guard. When National Guard troops are called to federal service, the President serves as Commander-in-Chief.


  1. ^ United States Constitution, Second Amendment
  2. ^ Quillin, Martha (March 20, 2020). "As coronavirus keeps spreading across NC, National Guard activated and citizens stock up". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. Retrieved March 20, 2020.

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