Meaning of National Guard

Na'tional Guard'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. state military forces, in part equipped, trained, and quartered by the U.S. government, and paid by the U.S. government, that become an active component of the army when called into federal service by the president in civil emergencies. Cf.(def. 2).
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