Guard Your Health is a resource for Army National Guard Soldiers and family members. Find health-related tools and information. Hear from fellow Soldiers and Families. Make medical readiness part of your personal mission.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about Army National Guard?

The Army National Guard defends the United States in the event of an emergency. The biggest difference compared to other branches is that while Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed overseas, they are just as likely to serve in their home communities. Visit Army National Guard’s website to learn more.

Why are Army National Guard Soldiers called Citizen-Soldiers?

Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part-time, always ready defend the U.S. This means they face the unique challenge of being both a Citizen and a Soldier. Army Guard Soldiers are continuously asked to “do it all” with limited access to Army facilities and programs.

What is Guard Your Health all about?

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’s goal is to give Citizen-Soldiers the information, motivation, and support needed to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions.

I have a health-related question. Can you help?

Visit the Ask the Expert section to get your general health questions answered by a panel of health experts. Experts help Army National Guard Soldiers and family members stay informed about their health and achieve and maintain readiness. This feature is intended to provide medical readiness information and should not be considered specific medical advice, a diagnosis, treatment, or a second opinion for health conditions. Ask the Expert is not intended to take the place of a medical provider.

I’m interested in telling my health story. Where do I get started?

We are excited to hear from Soldiers and Families about their inspiring health success stories. Sharing your story could give another Soldier the motivation they need to make a change. Visit the Personal Stories section to submit your story for consideration.

How is the information organized on this site?

The information is organized into six main sections: Health Tools, Health Topics, Ask the Experts, Benefits & Resources, Guard Life, and Personal Stories. To search for specific topics, use the A-Z topic index or search bar tool.

Are you collecting my personal information?

No, we are not collecting personally identifiable information from Soldiers or families. Please see the Guard Your Health Privacy Policy for more information.

Who sponsors Guard Your Health?

The Army National Guard’s Office of the Chief Surgeon funds Guard Your Health. The Office of the Chief Surgeon’s mission is to build medical readiness and resilience and to provide medically ready Citizen-Soldiers to fulfill the Army National Guard’s state and federal missions.

What is Soldier Readiness?

Soldier readiness is a critical part of Army National Guard Soldiers’ responsibility to staying healthy so they can quickly and efficiently defend the country in the face of an emergency. Being fit is more than just passing the Army Physical Fitness Test. Readiness impacts a Citizen-Soldiers body, mind, and emotions. For more information about readiness, visit the Guard Life section.

What is the Army Performance Triad?

The Army Performance Triad components include activity, nutrition, and sleep. They are essential to improving the health of our Soldiers, civilians, and families and have a significant impact on the readiness of the force.

How can I get involved?

Thank you for your interest in Guard Your Health. While the campaign does not offer volunteer opportunities, many of our supporting organizations rely on support from new volunteers. You can check out our list of supporters to see if any of the organizations interest you. We also encourage you to get involved with military support and total force fitness related organizations in your communities and/or share Guard Your Health messages and communications through your social networking sites.

Can I reproduce or distribute your materials? Are they subject to any copyrights, trademarks or patents policies?

All of the articles and materials available through this website are in the public domain, and users may reproduce and distribute. If you choose to modify the content, please indicate that you have adapted the material.
Some of the sources and resources on this website are available from the private sector and are subject to certain property rights. Do not reproduce or distribute private-sector sources’ information or materials without permission.

Why do I have to provide my email on the Ask the Expert section?

We require your email address so the experts can respond to you directly or seek clarification if needed. We will never share your email address for commercial marketing purposes. We recommend that you do not include any other personal medical information or social security numbers. By submitting a question you are agreeing that your question and the expert’s response may be published on this website. However, your name and email address will not be posted.