WHAT YOU GET ↓
A SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR YOUR LIFE.
When you join the Guard, you create a world where goals
are within your grasp. It’s not easy, but you’ll overcome
whatever challenge is laid out before you.
Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that
translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a
lifetime and earn pride for life. When you become a
Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country
will thank you and your future will owe you.
You will be paid for every day you serve, whether in training, weekend drills, Annual Training or deployment. Your rank, job (MOS) and education level will determine your specific pay level. The higher you go, the more you make. And the more time you serve, the more you earn.
THE GUARD HELPS YOU GET AN EDUCATION AND PREPARES YOU FOR LIFE.
Joining the Guard gives you more than just the pride that comes from serving your country. You can earn benefits to help pay for your education and expenses, and you can complete your education while you serve. The National Guard offers many programs for every type of student, whether you're still in high school, attending college or working toward a vocational certification.
Most Soldiers serve because they want to give back to their country. Then they find out that being part of the National Guard comes with other rewards. Beyond earning additional pay and getting help with their education costs, Soldiers and Veterans—and their families—enjoy even more real benefits, such as inexpensive healthcare through the TRICARE system and low-cost life insurance that pays up to $400,000. Take care of your health, your family and your future.
PREPARE FOR LIFE AFTER SERVICE.
FEDERAL RETIREMENT PLAN
You probably won't be thinking about retirement for many years, but think about this: The Guard can continue to pay you every month if you have 20 years service while serving in the Guard by age 60 (including service in other branches). And considering that retirement will probably mean time to travel, play or even start a second business, financial security would be a nice part of your plan.
And it's a pretty simple plan. If you complete a standard part-time term in the Guard by age 60, you could be eligible to receive monthly payments* based on serving one weekend per month plus an additional 15 days per year, for 20 years.
This is on top of any benefits from your civilian career. You'll still receive those and any other retirement funds you may have coming. So, you can see how it all adds up. Serving part time in the National Guard is like money in the bank.
*Payment amounts and terms vary. To discuss retirement in greater detail, contact your local recruiter.
Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact your local recruiter.