"Readiness will be felt domestically and [problems] are going to be much more evident to the American people. It's going to be noticed," Nathalie Grogan, a researcher for the Center for a New American Security think tank, told Military.com.
The bulk of the Guard is made up of part-time troops who work civilian jobs full time and are generally not under the purview of commanders except for one weekend a month. Refusing orders or being delinquent typically carries less weight than infractions on active duty.
"The National Guard and Reserve have a lot less leverage over their service members than active duty because it's not their primary source of income," added Grogan, who studies National Guard issues.
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