How To Join The National Guard

You’re interested in a career in the National Guard and becoming an important part of defending our Nations security.

The Guard offers a series of benefits ranging from competitive pay and education assistance to insurance and retirement benefits. Beyond these tangible benefits, most Guard members agree that the greatest benefit is the opportunity to serve their country, state and community.

Follow these 6 simple steps, and see if you have what it takes to join the National Guard.

Is the National Guard right for me? Should I join the Reserves? Should I join now? Or wait till after college? I advise you to check out all the branches, even if it means just requesting literature and reviewing it.

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One of the first things to do if you want to join the National Guard is talk to a recruiter. If you are unsure about the Guard, don’t be shy about speaking to recruiters from all branches of interest. They are there to inform you about your possible options in joining the military.

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While at MEPS, each National Guard applicant is required to take the CAT-ASVAB, which is an aptitude test that measures your aptitude in a broad range of career fields. Your score on this test will determine what job (MOS) you are eligible for.

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The purpose of the MEPS physical exam is to ensure that you, and future soldiers, are free from diseases and able to physically and mentally perform the duties that lie ahead of you.

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After you have taken the ASVAB, and gotten your physical, a National Guard service liaison counselor will tell you about job opportunities and the enlistment agreement. You are making important decisions and need to be informed. Service liaison counselors can explain each program and answer your questions. When in doubt … ask!

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Basic Training for the National Guard is identical to that of Army Active Duty and Army Reserve recruits. During the 10 weeks at Basic Combat Training, individuals learn about the fundamentals of being a soldier, from combat techniques to the proper way to address a superior. Read further to learn just how tough you have to be to join the most elite fighting force in the world.

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After Basic Combat Training (BCT), your next adventure will be Advanced Individual Training (AIT). This is where the formal part of your military education begins, and you learn your “job” in the National Guard.

The National Guard has physical, academic, and legal qualifications.The information presented here is only a basic outline of the qualifications. Before enlisting, you will undergo a detailed medical examination and background check. Your recruiter will provide you with more exact information and make recommendations regarding your qualification status.

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