Make a difference in the world around you.
Learn exciting new career skills and become a true leader. All of this is possible when you become a Guard Soldier, whether you take the first step as an enlisted Soldier, warrant officer or commissioned officer.
The National Guard offers more than 150 jobs in a variety of enlisted career fields — almost any job available in the civilian sector translates to a similar position in the military. Some Guard jobs allow you to attain certification, but all of them provide useful job skills training.
Dreaming of a health care career? As a National Guard Health Care Specialist, you will address the health care needs of civilians after natural disasters or civil emergencies. You will also be the first line of defense against injuries and illnesses suffered by our Soldiers through the administration of immediate emergency care and ongoing care and support. After extensive Army medical training, you will be prepared to provide fellow Soldiers with first-rate health care in any setting, from field hospitals to state-of-the-art facilities. Your training will also prepare you for a rewarding civilian career in the health care field.
Carpentry and Masonry
In the Army National Guard, you will develop the skills you need for a rewarding civilian career while building and maintaining physical structures in the Army National Guard. Through the use of your basic carpentry and masonry skills, be involved in general heavy carpentry, structural steel, and masonry duties that include the fabrication, erection, maintenance, and repair of rigging devices, trusses, and other structural assemblies. You will assist in building layout, framing, sheathing, and roofing structures, as well as constructing concrete form work for slabs, walls, and columns. Plus, you'll be building a better future in the Army National Guard. The skills you learn as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist could help prepare you for a civilian career in commercial and residential construction. You'll be able to consider a future as a mason, carpenter, cement mason, concrete finisher, drywall installer, or ceiling tile installer.
Like any globe-spanning organization, the Army National Guard needs to keep the right personnel in the right positions and make sure that their records are accurately maintained. Human Resources (HR) Specialists are vital to this process. As an HR Specialist, you will primarily help Soldiers develop their Army careers and provide personnel support and assistance to all divisions of the Army. Responsibilities of the HR Specialist may include: organizing, maintaining, and reviewing personnel records; data entry and retrieval; processing recommendations; arranging awards ceremonies; preparing, updating, and coordinating requests for evaluations; preparing and monitoring Soldier requests for ID cards and tags, leaves of absence, and passes; ordering and maintaining office supplies; and maintaining filing systems. Plus, you'll be building a better future. In civilian life, an HR Specialist could work in any business that requires personnel or human resources experience. The payroll, timekeeping, and human resources departments of most companies require the kinds of skills acquired as an HR Specialist in the National Guard.
Logistics Support and Supply Chain Management
As an Automated Logistical Specialist in the Army National Guard, you will learn the ins and outs of supply chain management, from storage and distribution to warehouse management and record keeping. Major duties include: Establishing and maintaining records, such as stock lists, inventory, material control, accounting, and supply reports. Reviewing and verifying quantities received against bills of lading, contracts, purchase requests, and shipping documents. Unloading and storing incoming supplies and equipment. Maintaining stock locator system and administering document control procedures. Processing requests and turn-in documents at direct support level through warehousing section. Performing prescribed load list and shop stock list duties in manual and automated supply applications. Preparing, annotating, and distributing shipping documents. Operating material-handling equipment. You will join a team that makes sure Guard units are equipped to respond to any challenges put before them. This vital position ensures the Guard's overall state of readiness while giving you the experience you need to begin or further a career in supply chain or warehouse management.
As an Army National Guard Paralegal Specialist, you will play a key role in the Army’s judicial system. You will assist judges, Army lawyers, and unit commanders with legal matters and judicial work. The Paralegal Specialist provides legal and administrative support in such diverse areas as international law, contract law, defense legal services, and judicial legal services. Your training will enable you to research court decisions and Army regulations, process legal claims and appeals, and prepare records of hearings, investigations, court-martials and courts of inquiry. By joining the Army National Guard, you will be preparing yourself for a rewarding civilian career. In the civilian world, Paralegal Specialists may be referred to as legal assistants, clerks, paralegal assistants, and court clerks or recorders. Civilian Paralegal Specialists can work for private law firms, banks, insurance companies, government agencies and local, state, and federal courts.
Communications and Computer Networks
Everything begins with solid communications. And in this hyper-networked world, that won't change anytime soon. So set yourself up in a promising civilian career by learning the Information Technology skills you need in the Army National Guard. Computers are essential to every division of the military. In the Army National Guard, you will learn what you need to know to maintain, process, and troubleshoot military computer systems and operations. The skills learned as an Information Technology Specialist can easily be transferred to the civilian workforce. You'll be able to work as a network support technician, data processing technician, or computer programmer in just about any company that uses computers.
Keep the Nation moving forward in the Army National Guard. In the Guard, the Truck Driver is the Soldier who makes sure other Soldiers and their supplies get where they need to go, either by supervising the transportation team or by operating the vehicle. This is the way the Guard Truck Driver plays an essential role in the accomplishment of many Guard missions and the skills you learn in the Guard will help prepare you for a career and future as a tractor-trailer, heavy truck, or bus driver.
Weather plays a critical role when firing artillery because it can affect the weapon's accuracy. And since the most important thing when firing field artillery is knowing where the projectile will hit, the Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember is a critical member of the field artillery team. Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmembers are part of an artillery team that fires large ammunition or missiles to support infantry and tank units in combat. Specific duties in this position include monitoring weather conditions and patterns, as well as providing firing position data, schematic sketches, and astronomic observations so units can fire and launch missiles accurately. Crewmembers also operate and perform maintenance on survey/meteorological equipment, vehicles, and weapons. The skills you learn as a Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember, such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership, will help you in any civilian career you choose. You will gain a strong background in mapping techniques and instrument repair that will help prepare you for a career as a construction site surveyor, construction work estimator, or within the field of precision instrument repair.