Army National Guard
For many students, The Guard is the perfect choice after high school. Serving in the Guard doesn't mean giving up civilian life. And college doesn't have to be postponed. The Guard is part-time. So you can still do what you want to do and reap the rewards of service at the same time.
Colleges and Careers:
As a member of the National Guard, you can attend college or vocational school full-time. That's because you serve part-time. You can choose from over 150 career paths and get paid while you train and gain professional skills.
Train and serve close to home. During natural disasters, you can be there for the people of your state and community, rescuing lives, protecting property, delivering supplies and bringing hope.
If you want to join the National Guard and you have no previous military service, you must be between the ages of 17 and 35 and meet certain physical, educational and aptitude requirements. You will be required to serve a minimum of one weekend a month and two weeks a year.
Money for College:
The Guard has generous education benefits and scholarship programs that help you pay for college, including the Montgomery GI Bill which helps with tuition and the Montgomery GI Bill Kicker which helps with expenses like books and housing. Other benefits include the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Student Loan Repayment Program (for existing loans), and, of course, a monthly paycheck.
Guard members receive shopping discounts, retirement benefits, low-cost health insurance and free flights on military aircraft when space is available. Sometimes the best benefits are the intangible ones, like pride and the lifelong friendships you make.
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