- Why Air Guard?
- Requirements to Join
- What to look for in potential members
- How to sign up for ASVAB?
- Where will they work?
- Will they be deployed?
Why Air Guard?
The Air Guard offers a part-time position that can make a big difference in your son's or daughter's life. We provide state-of-the-art training in a wide range of high-tech positions. The result is real-world career skills that employers are looking for - the kinds of skills that can make all the difference in today's competitive job market. The Air Guard can also help with college tuition. And since the Air Guard allows members to serve part-time at a unit close to home, they can also pursue a civilian career in their chosen field. The Air Guard also offers many federal benefits to unit members and their families, such as the Base Exchange, Commissary, use of Morale Welfare and Recreation facilities, life insurance at reduced rates, and low-cost health and dental insurance. In addition to the federal benefits listed above, each state may offer additional benefits for their members in the Air National Guard.
Requirements to Join
Those interested in joining the Air Guard who have never served before must be between the ages of 17 to 39 years old, a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, be a high school senior, or have a high school diploma or a GED. They will be required to pass a written examination called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) as well as an Entrance Physical (medical) Examination. Using the results from the ASVAB test and physical, the local recruiter reviews available positions within the local unit to see what jobs might be of interest to the applicant. Once a job is selected, they can be scheduled to enlist and actually join the Air Guard. Everything prior to swearing in is preliminary processing and does not obligate anyone to join.
What to look
for in potential members
Individuals who show a sense of duty, responsibility, and caring for others are particularly likely to be successful Airmen in the Air Guard. There are all kinds of jobs in the Air Guard, so no matter what their strengths are, we have a career that will most likely help them reach their potential. A career in the Air Guard is also a great way for young people who want to start a career right away to gain technical knowledge and experience that can carry over into the civilian career of their choice. The Air Guard holds high standards and requires anyone interested in joining to have a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition to gaining skills and experience, those desiring to further their education can go to college and take advantage of the educational assistance programs we offer. The Montgomery G.I. Bill helps students pay for books and living expenses while in college. State educational assistance programs* are designed to aid students with the costs of going to college. You don't have to wait until your service commitment is up, you can attend college full-time and work with us one weekend a month while you earn your degree.
* State educational assistance programs vary by state
How to sign up
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a timed multi-aptitude test that is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. To prepare for enlistment in the Air Guard, students can now take practice ASVAB tests that can easily be found online. These tests will give them an idea of how they'll score, and identify areas that might need improvement. The public library will also most likely carry books and materials to help them study for the ASVAB. Once they are ready to take the ASVAB, have him/her contact the nearest Air Guard recruiter. The Air Guard recruiter will then set up an appointment for your student at the nearest MEPS to determine his/her eligibility for enlistment in the Air Guard.
Where will they work?
One of the primary benefits of joining the Air Guard is the ability to serve at a unit close to home, making members even more involved in the community they are already invested in. After the initial training, Air Guard members serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year at a unit near their home, and have the opportunity to pursue a full-time career or go to college full-time.
Will they be deployed?
There is always the possibility of being tasked for deployment. When trouble strikes your state, your Governor may call up the Air Guard to do a number of things, including but not limited to, performing air rescue or medical response missions, or assisting the local authorities during a natural disaster. Likewise, the President may call up the Air Guard to support our country's homeland defense mission. Every effort is made to use volunteers first and, in some cases, individuals may be tasked to deploy when volunteers are not available to meet the mission’s requirements.