Q. What is my commitment?
A. 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. Can I serve full-time in the Guard?
A. 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 the 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 other
Q. Do I have to go to Basic Training? A.
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. If you elect to serve in a new Military
Occupational Specialty (MOS) you may have to qualify in
that MOS through available schools.
Q. How long do I have to join for? A.
If you have never served in any branch of the military,
you must enlist for at least eight years. Active National Guard (drill status) soldiers
can serve for as little as three years, with longer periods
available as well; IRR (non-drill status) enlistment options begin at two years. 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
A. 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?
A. Transfers within the National Guard are handled on a case-by-case basis within
the units involved. 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
A. 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 may join the National Guard up to age 35. 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. Additionally, you must have no major criminal
convictions. Finally, you must take a tour of active duty training for at least thirteen weeks. 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
Q. What jobs are available in the National Guard?
A. 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 MOSs 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?
A. 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
A. 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? A.
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? A. 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
Q. What will my pay be?
A. 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
for the specific amount for your
Q. Why does the Guard want veterans?
A. 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?
A. 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. Is there a web site to enroll family dental care
A. Yes. You can find out more here.
Q. What are the Enlisted Military Occupational Specialties
(MOS) and Officer Branch requirements? A. 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
Q. What forms/documents are required? A. 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? A. 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? A.
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? A. 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?
A. 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
Q. Who can I call for information? A. You can call our recruiting
representatives at 1-800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273).
Q. Why is there an option to submit either a Chapter
2 or Chapter 3 physical?
A. 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? A. 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?
A. 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)? A.
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? A. Yes.
Guidance on this can be found in Joint Federal Travel
Q. Will my family receive the same entitlements and benefits
and as other Active Duty soldiers? A. 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
Q. Can DSTATS use our currently fielded communications equipment? A.
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
Q. Is DSTATS training realistic? A. 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"? A. 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. Who can benefit from DSTATS training?
A. 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 driven scenarios.
Q. Why do we need DSTATS? A. 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. veterans .
Q. Are there opportunities for veterans? A.
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 their respective states. More information
can be obtained by contacting state or territorial headquarters.
Q. How do I obtain a copy of my service records? A. State
Military Personnel Offices can either provide records
information or direct you to records custodians.