The National Guard is a unique element of the U.S. military that serves both community and country. Any state governor or the President of the United States can call on the Guard in a moment’s notice.
The Army National Guard is the oldest component of the United States armed forces. Militia companies were formed with the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607. The first militia regiments were organized by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636, and from the Pequot War in 1637 until the present day, the Army National Guard has participated in every war or conflict this nation has fought.
Once you and your Guard Recruiter agree that you’re a good fit for the Guard, your next step is to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, which determines which jobs you qualify for.
The test measures your knowledge in eight areas:
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL SERVICES
At this point, you will lock in your Basic Combat Training ship date, confirm your rank and your Guard pay, and take your Oath of Enlistment.
SPLIT OPTION TRAINING:
You enlist while you’re still a junior (you must be 17 years old to enlist and have permission from a parent or guardian), finish that year and attend Basic Combat Training during the summer between your junior and senior years.
BEFORE YOU SHIP:
Until you ship, you’ll attend something called the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) one weekend a month. RSP is all about getting you ready to excel at Basic Training, so you'll learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training.