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About Guard Your Health

Guard Your Health provides a central place for Army National Guard Soldiers and family members to find information and resources on health and medical readiness. The site supports the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s efforts to build and sustain a resilient, adaptable and medically ready Citizen-Soldier force. Contact us for more information about the program.


Army National Guard Soldiers wear at least two caps: they are Citizens and Soldiers. This creates unique challenges—from balancing civilian jobs and family activities with monthly drill weekends, to mobilizing and deploying outside base support systems. Army Guard Soldiers routinely do it all with limited access to Army facilities and programs. Our goal is to give Army National Guard Soldiers the information, motivation and support to overcome these challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their units.


The Guard Your Health motto, My Mission. My Health., was chosen by Soldiers for Soldiers because it reflects the personal responsibility of each Soldier and family member to maintain health and readiness. The health-focused mission involves more than passing the Army Physical Fitness Test. It’s about taking care of one’s mind, body and spirit. It’s about keeping fit and ready to answer the call at home and abroad. And it’s about feeling good—now and into the future.


The Chief Surgeon’s mission is to build medical readiness in order to support force projection and to provide medically ready forces to fulfill the Army National Guard’s State and Federal missions. The Office of the Chief Surgeon coordinates national programs and empowers States with tools, personnel, and processes to maintain medical readiness of Soldiers.


The National Guard’s charter is the Constitution of the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution contains a series of “militia clauses,” vesting distinct authority and responsibilities in the federal government and the state governments. These clauses and follow-on legislation have sculpted the Guard as you see it today. Visit the Army National Guard website to read summaries of how the Guard came to be what it is today.