When the NY National Guard were mobilized to fight in France in 1917, NY created the New York Guard as a state militia.

CORTLANDT MANOR, NY — Two hundred members of the New York Guard, the state’s volunteer state defense force, will conduct their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site here Aug. 6-12.

The New York Guard is a force of 500 uniformed volunteers, organized as a military unit, who augment the New York National Guard during state emergencies. They provide administrative and logistics support to the National Guard. Members of the New York Guard have been involved in flood control efforts along the Lake Ontario shoreline this summer.

Unlike members of the New York National Guard, New York Guard members do not have a federal military role and do not deploy outside the state. New York Guard members usually train in a volunteer status and are only paid when they are placed on state duty during emergencies.



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