That's what they were.At the time the general opinion of the National Guard was 'a bunch of slackers' that wanted to avoid the draft.
That's what they were.
Same goes for the reserves. It was just a way to get your military service ticket punched without having to sweat being sent to Nam.
My biggest irritant was the people that could afford to transport their wives to Europe (don't know if army transported spouses on non-coms
free or at a reduced rate). I know some of the E-3's through E-5's had to have the means to pay wife's fare.
The idea of sharing a room with a spouse rather than seven GI's was more than attractive.