There are many people interested in joining the National Guard, but never move forward because they are unsure of what it entails. If this sounds like you, don?t let a lack of knowledge stop you. Instead, learn as much as you can about the many National Guard opportunities that are available to you.
Many people wonder how long they have to serve in the National Guard. Generally speaking, your enlistment period is eight years. That being said, you may opt for a three or six year term and then spend the rest in Individual Ready Reserve.
Can I go to college and still serve in the National Guard? This is the good part. You are only responsible for one weekend per month as well as a two week period once a year. So yes, you can definitely attend college and be in the National Guard.
Do I have to go into battle? In short, you can be sent to battle both domestically and overseas. There is no guarantee that this will happen, but you should be ready for it if you are going to join the National Guard.
Now that you have some more information it should be easier for you to decide if joining the National Guard makes sense.