11 Lesser-Known Facts About the US National Guard
America’s oldest fighting force was founded officially today, in 1636, when the first Militia fighting forces gathered in Massachusetts. 380 years later, here are some of the lesser-known facts about the US National Guard:
1.) The very first National Guard consisted of Militia forces that were divided into three regiments (these units were the first “Minutemen,” known for their quick response times).
2.) Today, the descendants of those regiments are the 181st Infantry, the 182nd Infantry, the 101st Field Artillery, and the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. They are the oldest units in the entire US Military.