With Hurricane Michael heading toward the Florida Panhandle, Gov. Rick Scott ordered 1,250 National Guard members to help prepare for the Category 2 storm.
There are close to 5,500 National Guardsmen and women in the state of Florida, which includes soldiers and airmen.
Just like joining any military branch, being a member of the National Guard is a full-time job. Members live on base, they hold rank, and just like the U.S. Armed Forces, they go through basic training.
When needed, National Guard members are called into full-time, Active-Duty service for catastrophic events like terrorist attacks, natural disasters. As of today, getting ready for Hurricane Micheal is their primary duty.
If National Guard members are not assigned to a mission, they have the flexibility to focus on their career paths in their local community.