Q. Does the military
operate hotels or resorts that are available for soldiers and their families? The Morale, Welfare and Recreation service can provide information about these
facilities, as well as information about employment opportunities, entertainment,
leisure, travel and sports. Recreation Services has offices at many installations
and has a web site located at www.recgov.org
Q. How is the Army National
Guard different from the Army Reserve? The Army Reserve is completely controlled
by the federal government and serves solely as a federal reserve to the Active
Army. The Army National Guard, on the other hand, may be controlled by either
the state or the federal government, depending on the circumstances. The Army
Guard force structure consists of Combat, Combat Support and Combat Service Support
units, while the Army Reserve force is primarily comprised of Combat Support
and Combat Service Support. The ARNG consists of approximately 340,000 soldiers
versus just over 200,000 in the USAR. Both organizations are part of The Army,
which consists of the Active, Guard and Reserve components.
Q. What is the National
Guard's mission? The Guard has a unique dual mission, with both federal and state
responsibilities. During peacetime, Guard forces are commanded by the governor
through a State Adjutant General. The governor can call the Guard into action
during local or state-wide emergencies, such as storms, drought and civil disturbances.
In addition, the President of the United States can activate the National Guard
to participate in federal missions. Examples of this are the many Guard units
deploying to participate in operations in Bosnia and Air Guard units that are
being activated to support NATO efforts in Kosovo. When federalized, Guard units
are commanded by the Commander in Chief of the theatre in which they are operating.
Q. What is the National Guard? The National Guard is one branch
of the U.S. Armed Forces. The National Guard consists of both Army National Guard
and Air National Guard components. The National Guard is composed of full time and part time soldiers,
as well as civilians, who together serve their country. Each state and territory
has its own National Guard, as provided by the United States Constitution.
Q. Does my family member have to attend every
drill? Upon commiting
to serving as a citizen-soldier, your family member is obligated to drill attendance.
Each commander, however, is provided the latitude to make exceptions or to offer
an alternative drill date (referred to as "split training") under exceptional
circumstances, such as a family emergency or a significant civilian employment
Q. How do I find out what benefits are available
to our family? Each unit seeks to share information about benefits with soldiers and family
members. Methods of doing this include inviting family members to annual briefings
and sending printed information home with soldiers. Most units also have a Family
Readiness Group that provides support, information and assistance to soldiers
and their families.
Q. Does my employee have to attend every drill? Upon
commiting to serving as a citizen-soldier, your employee is obligated to drill
attendance. Each commander, however, is provided the latitude to make exceptions
or to offer an alternative drill date (referred to as "split training") in exceptional
circumstances, such as a family emergency or a unique civilian employment conflict.
Cooperation between employer, soldier and the
Q. How can I find out my rights and responsibilities? The Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve organization has a web site located at www.esgr.org
that can provide information about your rights and responsibilities.
Q. What benefits
do I get from having employees who are Guard members? There are many benefits
to employing Guard members. You will have an employee who has been trained to
possess and use superior leadership skills and discipline - someone who has proven
their ability to commit to goals, objectives and ideas with a high level of motivation.
You will have an employee who has valuable job skills ranging from specific technical
expertise to leadership. The employee will also receive additional training as
time goes on - at no cost to you. The concept of the citizen-soldier is based
upon a person committed to fulfilling both their civilian and military responsibilities,
a person who becomes a special member of their community.
Q. Where are Guard units
located? The Army National Guard has more than 1,832 units located in more than
2,700 communities across the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia.
Each state has a unique force structure and a varying number of units, personnel,
armories and training sites.
Q. Where can I get old Army stuff? Equipment that is
old, has been replaced or is no longer needed is turned in to the Defense Reutilization
and Marketing Service (DRMS). There are numerous DRMS facilities located around
the country. To find out more about how to get equipment from these sites you
can visit their web site at www.drms.dla.mil, or check with a local military
installation that has a DRMS office. Equipment is "demilitarized,"
if required, to ensure that it is safe prior to sale.
Q. Can I serve full-time in the Guard? Yes. The Guard has
several types of full-time employees. Within each state there are full-time personnel
who manage the day-to-day operations of the units in their state or territorial
Guard. These soldiers serve in a status known as "Title 32," which refers to the
section of the US Code that they are governed by. In addition to their full-time
positions, these soldiers serve with a unit in a traditional status (drilling
on weekends) as well. These positions are managed by each state's Military Personnel
Office, part of the State Area Command (STARC). There is also a federal active
duty force, which is centrally managed by National Guard Bureau and the Army
National Guard Directorate in Washington, DC. These soldiers serve in a "Title
10" status and are not required to drill with units. The core of the Title
10 force is stationed at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington,
VA, a few miles from the Pentagon. Additionally, there are Title 10 officers
serving across the nation and worldwide as an interface between the Guard and
Q. Do I have to go to Basic Training? If you have never served in
any branch of the military, you will have to attend the Army's eight-week basic
training. In addition, you will have to attend a period of Advanced Individual
Training (AIT) which teaches your specific Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
The length of AIT varies widely with MOS.
Q. How long do I have to join for? If
you have never served in any branch of the military, there are several enlistment
options. Initially, soldiers can serve for as little as three years, with longer
periods available as well. Some benefits are based upon the length of your initial
enlistment. Veterans who have served in any branch of the military have additional
options available to them including a "Try One" program which allows
a veteran to serve for only one year on a trial basis before committing to a
full enlistment. A recruiter can provide further details.
Q. How will my membership
in the National Guard affect my civilian job? Generally, membership in the Guard
has a positive influence on civilian jobs. The skills and leadership you acquire
are sought after by many employers. Some soldiers find their civilian and military
jobs complement each other, while others seek to add diversity to their lives
and skills by serving in a capacity quite different than their civilian occupation.
Regardless, your membership within the Guard should not have a negative impact
on your civilian employment. There are federal laws prevent employers from discriminating
against an employee due to his or her membership in the National Guard. In addition,
if you are called to active service, your employer is required by law to allow
you to return to the same job you had when you left. The Employer Support of
the Guard and Reserve organization has a web site located at http://www.esgr.org/
that can provide additional information.
Q. Once I join the Guard can I switch jobs
or units? Transfers within the National Guard are handled within the units involved
on a case-by-case basis. Factors such as unit needs, individual skills, unit
locations and career goals are considered. If you move more than 50 miles away
from your unit you may transfer to a closer unit. If you move to another state
or territory, you can transfer to the Guard of that location.
Q. What are the qualifications
I must meet to join the National Guard? The National Guard has physical, academic
and legal qualifications. You must be in good health and have no major physical
handicaps. The minimum age to join the National Guard is 17. Persons under age
18 must obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian. You must be either
currently in high school or have a high school diploma or GED. You must also
obtain a minimum qualifying score on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery
exam (ASVAB). Soon after you contact a recruiter, they will administer this test
to see if you are qualified. Your ASVAB score will also determine which MOS's
you are qualified for. Finally, you must have no major criminal convictions.
This information is only a basic outline of the qualifications. Before enlisting
you will be receive a detailed medical examination and background check. Your
recruiter will provide you with more exact information and make recommendations
regarding your qualification status.
Q. What are the service obligations in the
National Guard? Army National Guard members are required to attend one drill
weekend each month and one annual training period each year. Weekend drills are
usually scheduled over one weekend - a Saturday and Sunday each month, but can
occasionally include reporting for duty on Friday night. In addition, units have
a two week annual training (AT) period every year which is usually scheduled
during the summer. Initially, all personnel are required to attend initial entry
training (IET), which can usually be scheduled to meet civilian occupation scheduling
requirements. Duration and location of IET varies according to career specialty
- a recruiter can provide specific information for each Military Occupational
Q. What jobs are available in the National
Guard? The Army National
Guard offers a large selection of specialties (MOS's) throughout a range of skills
divided into three major categories: Combat (Infantry, Artillery, Armor, Aviation,
Air Defense), Combat Support (Engineer, Chemical, Military Police, Signal, Military
Intelligence, Civil Affairs) and Combat Service Support (Finance, Public Affairs,
Personnel, Supply, Maintenance, Transportation). Different MOS's have different
qualifications and your recruiter can help you determine which MOS would be best
suited for you.
Q. What benefits are there in belonging to
the National Guard? The
Guard offers a series of benefits ranging from competitive pay and education
assistance to insurance and retirement benefits. A broad range of skills are
learned through schools and job training, and leadership opportunities are numerous.
Beyond these tangible benefits, most Guard members agree that the greatest benefit
is the opportunity to serve their country, state and community.
Q. What type of
opportunities exist for women interested in serving? The majority of military
occupation specialties (MOSs) are open to female soldiers, with exceptions in
the combat arms fields. The Guard is a diverse force with an increasing proportion
of female soldiers each year.
Q. Can I switch branches or specialties?
Yes, your experience may qualify you for an occupational specialty other than
the one you held when you left active duty. You can also change your specialty
by attending an active or reserve component service school.
Q. What benefits will
I receive in the Guard? Here are just a few of the benefits: civilian and military
education benefits, promotion opportunities to include becoming a Warrant or
Commissioned officer, good pay, Serviceman's Group Life Insurance, free space-available
air travel, retirement benefits at age 60 (after 20 years of combined active
and reserve service), some medical and dental benefits and insurance programs,
exchange and commissary privileges.
Q. What will my pay be? For each Guard training
assembly you attend (usually 4 per weekend), you will receive a full day's pay
for your grade and number of years service (active and reserve time). You can
visit the Defense Finance Service web site (www.dod.mil/dfas/) for the specific
amount for your pay grade.
Q. Why does the Guard want veterans? Your local Guard
unit needs your recent experience with advanced military equipment, weapons and
tactics. Your leadership skills are in demand too. You can help train other citizen-soldiers
and share with them the strength and maturity you've gained in active service.
Q. Why should I continue my military service
with the Guard? Thousands
of veterans from all branches of service join the Guard each year and find that
it gives them the best of both military and civilian life. In the Guard you keep
many of the benefits you received in active service, including your service counting
toward pay and retirements criteria. You can improve technical and leadership
skills you've already acquired. And because the Guard is part-time, you can hold
a civilian job or go to school. You also get the chance to serve your state,
nation and community while staying close to home.
Q. Will I have to go to Basic
Training? No (as long as you have previously completed Basic Training with any
branch of service.) If you elect to serve in a new Military Occupational Specialty
(MOS) you may have to qualify in that MOS through available schools.
Q. Is there a web site to enroll family dental
care plan? Yes. You can find out more at here.
Q. What are the Enlisted Military Occupational
Specialties (MOS) and Officer Branch requirements? Pending authorizations dictate which MOSs and
Branches in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program are being offered at a
particular time. You will need to call our recruiting representatives at 1-800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273)
for the current MOSs and Branches and their qualification criteria. Listed below
are the basic qualifications for our two most common MOSs.
Q. What forms/documents are required? This information
along with the order they should be placed in can be found in the link Application
Documents. The job announcement
also lists required documentation.
Q. What happens after I submit my application
packet? The National Guard Bureau Missile Defense office will conduct an initial
review of your packet for completeness. If any deficiencies are found and if
time allows before panel selection procedures, a representative from our office
will call or write you a letter explaining the deficiency and what needs to be
done to correct it. If the deficiency is not corrected before the panel proceedings,
your application packet will be returned to you along with a letter explaining
why it was returned. Accepted packets will then be forwarded to an Eligibility
Review Panel (ERP). The ERP will review application packets to ensure soldiers
are able to come on AGR status. Packets disqualified will be sent back to the
soldier along with a letter explaining the disqualification. Various disqualification
factors can be failing a physical, not meeting time in service criteria, not
being able to meet the eligibility criteria of a MOS/Branch qualification criteria,
etc. Qualified application packets will then be sent to a Suitability Review
Panel (SRP). The SRP will select the soldiers for each position. An Order of
Merit List (OML) will be created for each position that will rank soldiers in
the order they scored during the SRP. The SRP recommendations and OML will be
forwarded to The Adjutant General (TAG) where each AGR position resides. Upon
TAG approval, the respective state AGR office will notify the soldiers who received
the highest score for each position that they have been selected. If a soldier
refuses or is unable to accept the position the soldier with the next highest
score on the OML for will be notified. The OML will be used until each position
is filled. Once all positions are filled the OML will become void. There will
be new OMLs created for each hiring period conducted. Soldiers not selected will
be notified by the respective state that they were not selected. Applicants will
have the option to request that their packets be considered for the next hiring
period or have them returned. It is up to the applicant to submit updated documents
to applications packets on file. Application packets will held no longer then
1-year from original submission. A new application packet will have to be submitted
for further consideration. Fast Fact Four of the first five U.S. Army divisions
to enter offensive operations during WWII were Guard divisions.
Q. What regulations
govern the hiring of AGR soldiers? AR 135-18, NGR 600-10 (Title 10) and NGR 600-5
(Title 32) govern the hiring of AGR soldiers.
Q. Where can I take a Chapter 2 or
3 physical? Chapter 3 physicals must be taken at an active military medical facility,
ARNG or USAR medical unit, or through the Federal Strategic Alliance (FEDS_HEAL)
Program. Army National Guard soldiers will need to coordinate Chapter 3 physicals
through their unit. Army soldiers will receive a Chapter 3 physical upon ETS.
The Chapter 2 is done at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) or authorized
Military Installation. This is the same physical that you took when you first
entered military service. You must coordinate the scheduling of these physicals
with a local Army National Guard recruiter. For assistance you can also call
one of our recruiting specialists at 1-800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273).
Q. Who can apply for these positions? All current
and former military members from all branches of service can apply. This includes
soldiers currently in an AGR status. Soldiers who are on an active duty status
in the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force will have to be able to ETS and have
the ability to report for scheduled training and/or duty. If the soldier is selected
and it is determined that that these conditions can not be met, the soldier will
be removed from all current Order of Merit Lists. The soldier we have to reapply
for future announcements. The Army National Guard does not have the authority
to release you from your active duty obligation. We are not accepting applications
from Non Prior Service members.
Q. Who can I call for information? You
can call our recruiting representatives at 1-800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273).
Q. Why can’t I open
the job announcements? You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the announcements.
Q. Why is there an option to submit either
a Chapter 2 or Chapter 3 physical? Chapter 3 physicals taken with the last 24 months are authorized
for current Army National soldiers, Army soldiers who are enlisting into the
Army National Guard upon ETS through their Reserve Component Career Counselors
(RCCC), and prior service soldiers with a remaining Military Service Obligation
(MSO). Prior service soldiers without an MSO can submit a Chapter 3 physical
taken within the last 6 months. Chapter 2 physicals taken with the last 24 months
can be used in lieu of the Chapter 3 physical. All other applicants are required
to have a Chapter 2 physical. This includes prior service Army soldiers with
expired Chapter 3 physicals. Please review the job announcement and application
document list for additional medical criteria pertaining to these physicals.
Q. Why was my application packet returned to
me? All returned application
packets will have a letter explaining why it was returned. Packets will be sent
back because they are incomplete, the soldier applying was disqualified, or the
individual was not selected for an AGR position.
Q. Will I be able to receive an
Active Duty Retirement? Soldiers in the AGR Title 32 program are authorized to
receive retirement pay after 20 years of active duty service. Your amount of
retirement pay will depend upon when you first enlisted into the military.
Q. Will I be allowed to move household goods
and my car(s)? Yes.
There are weight limits that are based upon rank and there is a limit on the
amount of cars you are allowed to ship or drive. Please refer to AR 55-71, Transportation
of Personal Property and Related Services, or your local military transportation
office for additional guidance.
Q. Will my family and pets be allowed to move
with me? Yes. Guidance on this can be found in Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR).
Q. Will my family receive the same entitlements
and benefits and as other Active Duty soldiers? Yes. Your family will receive the same benefits
as all active duty soldiers such as healthcare (TRICARE), dental (Delta Dental),
Commissary and PX privileges, and Active Duty dependant Identification cards.
Q. Can DSTATS use our currently fielded communications
equipment? DSTATS communicates with all U.S. Army fielded old and new series tactical radios
and wire equipment. Further, DSTATS will communicate over commercial telephones
and satellite. This allows distance training to units at remote sites.
Q. Is DSTATS
training realistic? With DSTATS replacing external systems, data, and operators,
the soldier participates in doctrinally correct simulated battlefield scenarios
in a classroom environment. The soldier learns the software in a controlled setting,
so that tasks, such as executing a fire mission, become instinctive or second
nature. Then when involved in a field training exercise or actual situation,
the soldier won't have to spend time figuring out which button to push, screen
to select, or menu to pull down. The soldier will focus only on the mechanics
of communicating, maneuvering, and firing live munitions, and on dealing with
weather extremes, fatigue, and unexpected situations. In this way, DSTATS supports
training Field Artillery soldiers so that they can efficiently perform the software
tasks associated with their jobs. DSTATS is already being used by The National
Guard in many states, with users confirming DSTATS' effectiveness.
Q. What is "DSTATS"? The Digital Systems
Test and Training Simulator or DSTATS is a menu-driven tactical message and communications
simulation device. Users interactively receive/transmit tactical data messages
in a one-on-one format or in user developed scenarios. The scenarios are time
oriented, event oriented, or a mixture of both. This allows field artillery fire
support units, both active Army and the National Guard, to train their operators
and crews by repeatedly exercising realistic interoperability scenarios. DSTATS
simulates the tactical systems not readily available to the student. This results
in more realistic, quality training at a significantly reduced cost than actual
field exercises. Fast Fact During World War II, 18 Army National Guard divisions
saw combat and were split between the Pacific and European theatres.
Q. What systems
can DSTATS simulate? •BCS. •IFSAS. •MLRS FCS. •MLRS FDS. •TACFIRE
BCD. •Firefinder Q36/Q37. •LTACFIRE. •FO-CC. •FO-MSR. •TACFIRE
DMD. •FIST DMD. •PLDMD. •AFCS. •JSTARS. •ATHS. •GDU. •TACFIRE
Q. Who can benefit from DSTATS training? DSTATS can be used to train
individual soldiers, individual crews, or combined crews at each echelon from
section/platoon through the brigade level using their own equipment, but without
the added expense of additional equipment and manpower since DSTATS simulates
the systems that these soldiers/crews normally interface with in a tactical situation.
The system can also be used to drive large exercises through the use of time
Q. Why do we need DSTATS? As military equipment becomes increasingly
complex, training soldiers in the use of high-tech equipment can be a real challenge.
It is vital that this training be as realistic as possible, but it is also important
to achieve it within constraints caused by cost, time, and availability of equipment.
Telos' Digital Systems Test and Training Simulator (DSTATS) provides a perfect
solution, supporting the training of field artillery soldiers through the use
of computer simulation. DSTATS allows individual soldiers to use their own hardware
and exercise their tactical software in a realistic manner, gaining in-depth
software and system knowledge by repeatedly operating interactive scenarios or
by participating in one-on-one message exchange.
Q. Are there opportunities
for veterans? Once certain thresholds have been met (with regard to age, years
of service, etc.) soldiers usually are not eligible for reentry to service, however,
there are other ways that many veterans continue to serve. Most states have a
volunteer force of veterans, often referred to as a "defense force", "volunteer
force" or state "militia" who serve in a variety of roles within
ther respective states. More information can be obtained by contacting state
or territorial headquarters.
Q. How do I obtain a copy of my service records? State
Military Personnel Offices can either provide records information or direct you
to records custodians.