Tactical Air Control
Calling in an air strike on just the right target at just the right time can change the tide of battle. Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Specialists imbed with Army National Guard units and do just that. One of the few true frontline combat jobs in the Air National Guard, TACP Specialists are known for their ability to bring overwhelming firepower to the battlefield in the form of artillery and air strikes. The training is physically, mentally, and technically intense, as you'll have to be able to operate under any environmental condition.
In the Air Guard, you’ll receive a regular paycheck, tuition assistance, and more. Benefits include a combination of state and federal benefits to provide money for education through the Montgomery G.I. Bill, a military retirement plan, and affordable health and life insurance. You’ll even have access to free space-available air travel. Check out what’s available in your state by selecting your state in the EXPLORE area on this page. Be sure to ask your recruiter about how you can take advantage of these benefits in your state.
As a member of the Air Guard, you'll receive a solid paycheck along with educational and other military benefits, including:
Money for College – the Montgomery G.I. Bill helps with educational expenses
Career Skills – learn valuable, high-tech skills that can help launch your civilian career
Serve Where You Live – with more than 140 Air Guard units in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can serve close to home
Base Exchange (BX) and Commissary shopping privileges
Eligibility for VA home loans
Free space available air travel
A military retirement plan
May be eligible for an enlistment bonus
Additional benefits may be available depending on which state you live in. Ask your recruiter to learn more.
As a member of the Air Guard, you'll be eligible for low-cost health insurance for you and your family, along with low-cost life insurance, so you know your loved ones are protected. These Insurances include:
TRICARE Dental Insurance - The only dental plan sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) for National Guard/Reserve sponsors and their families. With the TDP, you will enjoy a nationwide network of more than 65,000 participating dentists, high-quality customer service and comprehensive dental coverage designed specifically with you in mind!
TRICARE Medical Insurance - Medical Coverage is available in different options necessary to meet the needs of different individuals. From individuals to families insurance is available for those in full time or part time status to ensure coverage is available. Families and Part-time members coverage is offered through TRICARE Reserve Select and is a premium-based health plan available worldwide to Selected Reserve members of the Ready Reserve (and their families) who are not eligible for, or enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program.
As a member of the Air Guard, you're eligible to receive educational benefits through the Montgomery G.I. Bill where you could be eligible to receive money for college. This program is a free benefit for all individuals that join for 6 years.
benefits provided by state
Alabama Air National Guard members who have served for a period of two years immediately preceding the student qualifying for resident tuition and who are continuing service in the Air Guard while enrolled at a public institution of higher education qualify for in-state tuition. The Alabama Air National Guard Education Assistance Program provides $1,000.00 per semester up to $2,000.00 per year towards accredited educational institutions within Alabama.
Alabama Air Guard members get full medical coverage for any injury or illness incurred in the line of duty.