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In the Air Guard, we want to make sure we have the most qualified people serving our state and country. Check out the requirements to become an Air Guardsman.

New Enlisted

Those interested in joining the Air Guard who have never served before must meet the following requirements.

New Officer

Officers are often selected from enlisted members within the unit, but there are plenty of opportunities available for incoming Air Guard members as well.

Prior Service

The Air National Guard is a great place to continue your military career. You can keep the military benefits you’ve come to rely on – including your retirement plan and insurance.

Age

If you're new to the military, you must be 17 to 39 years old, a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, a high school senior or have a high school diploma or GED, pass the ASVAB test, a medical screening, and background check.

To join the Air Guard as an officer, you must be a U.S. citizen between 17 and 34, have a college degree (or be close to graduating), and pass the Air Force Officers Qualification Test (AFOQT), a medical exam, and background check.

Those interested in joining the Air Guard who have previously served are required to be able to complete 20 years service time (combined, Active and participating Guard or Reserve) before the age of 60. For example, a person serving 4 years active duty and serving in a reserve component for 3 years is eligible to join up to their 47th birthday.

Written Examination

As a new recruit, you'll take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, which will help determine what Air Guard jobs you are eligible for.

New officers are required to pass a written examination called the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).

As a prior service applicant, your test scores may be on file and will preclude you from needing to retake the test. If they are not or cannot be converted, you may have to retake the entrance examination. Prior officers are exempt from the written examination.

Medical Screening Test

All applicants must first pass a standard medical screening test.

All applicants must first pass a standard medical screening test.

If you have had a separation physical within 24 months, your local recruiter will be able to check and see if it will satisfy this requirement. Otherwise, you must pass the standard medical screening test.

Strong Moral
Character

Air Guard recruits must pass a rigorous background check before they can be accepted into the Air Guard.

Air Guard recruits must pass a rigorous background check before they can be accepted into the Air Guard.

If you are a Prior Service member who has honorably served, the Air Guard is proud to take you in and make you one of our own.

Tattoos

All members of the Air Guard must meet body art standards, meaning that any tattoos must be able to be covered by the standard military uniform.

All members of the Air Guard must meet body art standards, meaning that any tattoos must be able to be covered by the standard military uniform.

All members of the Air Guard must meet body art standards, meaning that any tattoos must be able to be covered by the standard military uniform.

Other

Talk to your local recruiter for more info about enlisting in the Air Guard.

Talk to your local recruiter for more info about enlisting in the Air Guard.

Talk to your local recruiter for more info about enlisting in the Air Guard.

The Air Guard is a great place to start or continue a rewarding career in the military. You can serve close to where you live, part-time, in a way that fits your life.

Air Guard Commitment

The commitment for a person that has never served in the military is 6 years. During this commitment you will attend Basic Training and Technical Training full time and the remaining time working part time one weekend a month and a few weeks a year at a minimum.

Where Will I Work?

You'll work close to home at an Air Guard unit near you serving your community. With over 140 units in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, you can serve near where you live.

Will I Be Deployed?

The Air Guard tries to fill all deployment packages with volunteers. If they can't, and you are tasked, you will deploy.

Weekend commitment drills

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