I got an email back today. It pretty much repeated the website and didn't answer my specific questions, but I can ask him directly when I speak to him. I may check out the drill this week. Email was as follows:
Thanks for your interest in the Washington State Guard.
The Washington State Guard (WSG) is an all-volunteer State Defense Force for the State of Washington. It is the third element of the military forces in the Washington Military Department: the Washington Army National Guard, the Washington Air National Guard and State Guard. While the Army and Air Guard, forming part of the Washington National Guard, can be mobilized to federal service, the WSG is only utilized within Washington state.
The Washington State Guard consists of two brigades. The First Infantry Brigade is located at the Seattle Armory and maintains a battalion in Olympia. The Second Infantry Brigade is located in Spokane. The WSG HQ is located at Camp Murray in Tacoma, Washington.
State Guard soldiers drill in a non-pay status one day a month and two days during the summer. However, WSG soldiers can and have been called up to paid State
Active Duty to support the Washington Military Department in a variety of missions within the state. We have been deployed to the State Emergency Operation
Center and many County Emergency Operation Centers in Washington to coordinate National Guard resource request to state/federally declared disasters.
State Guard members may resign their enlistment or commission at any time, unless mobilized or in paid State Active Duty status. Most WSG soldiers have served in the military, but some come straight from civilian life.
Would you be able to tell me a little about yourself including:
Prior military service/branch/rank at discharge
Type of discharge (as applicable)
Police Record - including felonies and misdemeanors
If you have additional questions we can schedule a time to go over them. In the mean time, I'll direct you to the WSG website at http://washingtonguard.org/wsg/
I can also set up a time and date to visit our unit during a normal drill weekend which normally occurs on a Saturday. The remaining dates for this year are
November 5, 2011and December 3, 2011.
Thanks for your interest.
WOC James Alexander
S1, Washington State Guard