How To Join the National Guard

The National Guard is like the regular Army, but it only operates in the United States. The National Guard has many military units in all 50 states and it operated by the state governor.

If you are interested in the National Guard in High School, recruiters meet with many students in the auditorium for discussion. If you do not have an opportunity to meet with a recruiter at your High School, there are many recruiting offices in your local community. If you are 21 years of age or older and are interested in the National Guard and could not reach a recruiter, you can access their website at At the top right hand corner of the website, you will an icon that says "join now." Click on the icon and it gives you a form to fill out. This form is for a recruiter to contact you for further information. Once you and your recruiter are communicating, he or she will invite you to their recruiting office.

He or she will speak to you about what your goals are when you join the National Guard. They will go over the rules and regulations, different job opportunities and ask for your personal information. If you are interested, the recruiter will set you up to take the ASVAB test. The ASVAB test is an entry test all future cadets take to see what type of jobs will make their skills. To pass this test successfully, you will need to score a 32-45.

Once you pass the test, the recruiter will give you a pre-physical training test. He or she will ask you how many push-ups and sit-ups you can do. You also have to run 2 miles and your recruiter will time how long it took for you to run. This test is only an assessment and it will not affect your chances of enrolling in the National Guard.

Your recruiter is then ready to take you to the MEPS. The MEPS is where you will get a full physical. All of your medical records and other medical information will be tracked. When your physical clears, you will go to the MEPS again.

If everything is successful, you will sign the enlisting papers to join the National Guard. Once you sign the papers, you will take the oath. You will go to basic training and begin your journey in the military.


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