Deciding to join the National Guard is a big decision. Deciding against joining the National Guard may be the biggest mistake you ever make.
In today?s National Guard, more people than ever are finding their place in life.
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The Guard is Always Available
If you are a member of the National Guard you are doing your part in protecting your country. With extreme versatility, National Guard troops are able to respond to emergencies, missions and more ? both at home and abroad.
No matter if your state needs help with an emergency or an overseas mission needs additional forces, National Guard troops are often times called upon.
In short, you will serve your local community, state, and of course, your country.
As a soldier, your primary responsibly is to serve your state. This can include anything from responding to floods or wildfires to other community based efforts.
But this does not mean that the president won?t come calling at some point. If help is needed, whether it is overseas or to protect the border, National Guard troops can be quickly mobilized.
The National Guard is in position to serve wherever it is needed, whenever it is needed.
Do I Qualify to Join the National Guard?
After reading the above your heart is probably racing ? it does not get much better than serving your country in the National Guard. While most people qualify this is not a guarantee. There are some eligibility requirements that you must meet.
Generally speaking, if you are between the age of 17 and 35 you are eligible to become part of the Guard. That being said, there are other requirements such as being a United States citizen and meeting the necessary physical requirements.
Out of all the requirements, it is often times those based on education that stops somebody from joining. Most states require that an applicant have a high school diploma. If you are unsure of whether you have the proper education to join the National Guard, contact a local recruiter for additional information.
Even if you have left high school without a diploma, you can take part in the National Guard?s GED Plus Program. This way, you can earn your GED so that you are eligible to enlist.
Where do I fit in?
As you get closer to making your final decision, you may begin to ask yourself where you will fit in. There are a few steps that you will take to help you answer this question.
1. Contact a recruiter. This is a great time to ask specific questions while getting personal guidance from a knowledgeable member of the National Guard team. Remember, there is no obligation to join. You can speak with a recruiter to get more information. If the Guard is not right for you, you do not have to join.
2. Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. You will only do this once you determine that you are going to fit in with the National Guard. In short, this exam helps you decide which career path and job specialty is right for you.
To ensure that your time in the National Guard is an enjoyable, educational experience you must choose the proper type of employment.
3. Ready to enlist? Once you make the final decision you have a few more steps to take: schedule a physical exam; lock in a ship date for Basic Training; confirm your job specialty; sign off on any bonuses and benefits; and most importantly, take your Oath of Enlistment.
You are doing more than serving your country in the National Guard. You are getting top notch career training. Not only will this help you fit in as you work for the Guard, but once you move into the civilian world you will be in position to land the job of your choice.
When you are part of the National Guard you are paid to train and learn job skills that you are interested in. Can you say this for any other job? Probably not.
In addition to 10+ career fields, there are more than 150 jobs to choose from. No matter if you are interested in engineering, technology, medicine, or something else, you will find a job that gets you excited to go to work. All the while, you are doing something that keeps your country safe.
The National Guard is growing, year after year. If you want to become part of this growing team, all you have to do is contact a recruiter and follow his advice throughout the enlistment process.
Are you still trying to decide if you are a good fit for the National Guard? You will be just fine if you meet the following requirements:
1. You have a strong interest in serving your country. If this is something you have always dreamt of, a career in the National Guard is right for you.
2. You want to receive on the job training in a career field of your choice. Those who don?t know what they want out of their life can find direction in the National Guard.
If you are still on the fence and need help deciding if you fit in, click here to request free National Guard information.