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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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