If you've never been in the military before, joining the Air National Guard allows you to experience the pride that comes with serving your country and community, and the flexibility to pursue other goals.
Serving in the Air Guard, you'll take home a regular paycheck while learning skills that will stick with you for the rest of your life. But that's not all you'll get. Whether you need college tuition, or help financing a postgraduate education or vocational training, the Air Guard will often give you the money to make it happen, in the form of federal and state-specific educational assistance.
If you're a professional looking to advance in your current career or start a new one, the training you receive in the Air Guard can give you a great foundation. Many jobs in the Air Guard require Airmen to learn technical skills that today's top employers value. Since you'll only be serving one weekend a month and two weeks a year, you'll have the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn here to your civilian job.
Your path to the Air Guard will be unique to you. However, the requirements below should give you an idea of what's ahead based on your qualifications and experience.
Those interested in joining the Air Guard who have never served before must be between the ages of 17 and 39.
New recruits are required to pass a written examination called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
If you would like to be an Officer, you must have a college degree or be close to graduating to apply. As an Officer in the Air Guard you'll develop leadership skills you can't get in the civilian world.
New applicants are required to pass a medical screening test.
Air Guard applicants must pass a rigorous background check before they can be accepted into the Air Guard.
Certain body art may not be allowed based on size, location, and content. Your recruiter will make the final decision.