The NCNG is a military force comprised of citizen Soldiers and Airmen sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the state of North Carolina. We trace our heritage back to the 1663 Carolina Charter granting authority to "levy, muster and train men." In recent years, the NCNG has reshaped itself in accordance with guidance from the Chief, National Guard Bureau and the departments of the Army and Air Force. This process, known as "Transformation," has changed the NCNG's focus and structure from that of a strategic reserve to a modern, operational force. As requirements evolve, the NCNG continues to posture itself for success in meeting future mission requirements, while accomplishing current missions, by remaining relevant and ready. It consists of a diverse workforce with varied backgrounds, education and perspectives.