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Entry Process

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Entry Process

Moving forward into the Guard

If you’ve never served in the military, there are five steps you need to take if you hope to join the Guard:
 

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 Contact a National Guard Career Counselor

You start the process by filling out a form and letting a Guard representative know you have questions. No obligation, no guarantees—it’s just a way of letting us know that you want to find out more.

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 Take the ASVAB

If you and your Guard representative agree that you’re a good fit for the Guard, you can arrange to take your ASVAB.  For practice, here's a sample ASVAB test.
 

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 Enlist

Once you’ve determined that you want to become a Soldier in the National Guard, you’re ready to enlist. At this point, you will go to MEPS and:

  • Schedule a physical examination with one of our doctors
  • Lock in your ship date for Basic Combat Training (BCT)
  • Confirm the job that you've selected
  • Approve any benefits and bonuses
  • Take your Oath of Enlistment

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 Attend RSP

Your ship date—the day you leave for Basic—will depend on your Guard job and the school you’ll attend for that job. You might ship within just a few weeks, or it might be delayed for several months. Until you ship, you’ll attend RSP one weekend a month to learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training.

Recruitment Sustainment Program

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 Ship to Basic Combat Training

You’re ready to start becoming a Soldier. In 10 weeks, you’ll be physically and mentally stronger than you’ve ever been, and ready to be part of the team that protects America.

Need more information about Enlisting with the Guard?

Contact a National Guard Career Counselor to begin your application process and get your career heading in the right direction.

Locate A Recruiter