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Basic RequirementsStep 01

If you're currently an officer, please give us a call. We would love to talk to you. New officer applicants are required to have a college degree or be close to graduating with a college degree to apply.

Contact a Recruiter Step 02

If confidence, ambition, and professionalism are pushing you towards greater success, then talk to an Air Guard recruiter. Call 800-TO-GO-ANG.

Receive your Commission Step 03

All Air Guard Officers are federally commissioned. To earn a commission, you must complete the Academy of Military Science (AMS). Air Force ROTC graduates may receive a commission in the Air Guard upon graduation. Medical professionals will have to attend the Commissioned Officer Training School (COTS).

Air Guard Requirements

New Officer

If you have a college degree (or are close to graduating) and have ambitions to become an officer.

Prior Service Officer

Prior service officers or enlisted members who have the ambition to enhance their career in the Air National Guard.


Those interested in joining the Air Guard who have never served before must be between the ages of 17 and 34.

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

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

Individuals who are currently commissioned officers need no additional examination. Those looking to advance are required to pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).

Medical Screening Test

New recruits are required to pass a medical screening test.

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

Strong Moral Character

Air Guard applicants 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.


Certain body art may not be allowed based on size, location, and content, but your recruiter will make the final decision.