The Guard answers the call, at home or abroad. The incredible versatility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more-all with equal speed, strength and efficiency.

When you join the Army National Guard, you earn a competitive salary for your part time service. You are additionally eligible to receive other compensations and benefits such as enlistment bonuses, reenlistment bonuses, college funding and incentive pay. In addition to earning a monthly Army National Guard paycheck, you may qualify for an Enlistment Bonus.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) combines ROTC, the Guard and tuition With the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), you participate in both the Guard and your college's ROTC ROTC: Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a college elective that allows you to earn a commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant in the Army.

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Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact your local Kansas Guard Recruiter

Enlisted Careers in Your Area

  • Infantry - All members of the infantry are skilled and trained to serve their community and state during the event of a natural disaster. From combat missions to rescue efforts, infantry Soldiers are always ready and always there, embodying everything the Guard stands for.

  • Armor - Out of sight, but rarely out of range, ground defense Soldiers assist infantry troops on the battlefield, making sure they have all the support they need. Cavalry scouts gather information on and report enemy movement to tank crews. With information from scouts, tank units can find and stop the enemy before they reach our troops.

  • Aviation - National Guard helicopter crews fly a variety of missions, from security operations to disaster relief. They might be transporting troops or aiding medical evacuations. Every member of aviation, from pilots to crew chiefs to mechanics, is vital to accomplishing a mission. Every helicopter has its own team of mechanics to ensure it’s always running efficiently.

  • Medical - Medical specialists work firsthand with other medics and doctors to treat combat emergencies, stabilize wounded Soldiers and prepare them for evacuation. Medics are trained in triage, CPR, basic life support and emergency techniques.

  • Military Police - Military police (MPs) deal with crimes committed on military property or any illegal activity involving members of the Guard. Trained as Soldiers and police officers, MPs play a crucial role in conducting traffic control, corrections, security and mobility support. To keep Soldiers and their property safe, MPs are instructed in area security operations, which includes forced protection, anti-terror and crime prevention functions.

  • Transportation - With hundreds of thousands of Soldiers stationed across the United States and around the globe, it’s no small job to move necessary equipment and personnel. Transport Soldiers can be counted on to deliver anything, anywhere, with seamless coordination.

  • Logistics Support - There is an entire branch of the Guard whose job it is to supply combat troops with anything they need to push the frontline forward. Support and logistics specialists oversee the delivery and storage of medical supplies, gear, weaponry and ammunition. They’re also in charge of moving millions of gallons of fuel and refueling tanker trucks, ships and railcars.

  • Mechanic and Maintenance - Guard mechanics can fix anything that needs maintenance or repairs, from 5-ton cargo trucks and armor-plated Humvees to the most sophisticated equipment in the world, like the M1 Abrams tank. Every piece of mechanized equipment the Guard uses has to be ready to roll at any time, and mechanic and maintenance Soldiers make this possible. Soldiers depend on these vehicles and equipment to accomplish their mission and save lives during a disaster.

  • Signal and Military Intelligence - The Guard depends on information and communication. Intelligence Soldiers provide the Guard with firsthand, vital intel about the enemy. Whether conducting interrogations in a foreign language or debriefing friendly intelligence sources, intelligence analysts gain and deliver to troops critical information about the enemy’s location and plans, using state-of-the-art equipment to communicate with ground forces, artillery, armor and air support on the battlefield.

  • Engineer - Engineers build anything and everything the Guard needs. From surveying and bulldozing to framing and wiring, engineers are responsible for taking on construction or demolition projects of any size from beginning to end. These projects can range from paving roads to setting up fortifications for hundreds of Soldiers. Combat engineers put these skills to use on the battlefield, destroying obstacles in the way of troops, or detecting and eliminating mines.

  • Administrative - Usually working in an office setting with both military and civilian personnel, admin specialists are professional Soldiers. Ensuring the proper handling of personnel matters for Soldiers throughout the entire Guard, administration specialists make sure Soldiers are taken care of from pay to legal issues to processing personal data.
Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact your local recruiter.

Looking for a way to pay for school? The National Guard has you covered, with benefits like:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance-up to $18,000 over four years
  • The Montgomery GI Bill
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Army National Guard Kicker
  • National Guard Scholarships that can pay up to full tuition plus an allowance
  • Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
  • Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
  • Additional Programs and Resources
For complete details about federal education programs and any funding packages your state may offer, talk to your local Kansas Guard Recruiter.
Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact your local recruiter.

To qualify for enlistment into the National Guard, you need to:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 35* (unless you have prior U.S. military service, certain linguistic skills or a specialized professional skill, such as a chaplain, lawyer or certain medical specialties)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident alien
  • Meet necessary medical requirements and moral requirements. For a list of legal violations which will permanently disqualify you from serving contact your local Kansas Guard Recruiter.
Note: Guard Soldiers need to be in excellent condition, and fall within certain ranges of height and weight, to fulfill the physical demands of military service. Prior to Basic Combat Training (BCT), you'll also be tested to measure your level of physical fitness, using a version of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). This test measures the number of push-ups and sit-ups you can complete within a given time, and the amount of time it takes to complete up to a two-mile run.
*As of April 1, 2011, applicants with no prior military service must have taken the oath of enlistment on or before their 35th birthday. Certain states have different age limits. There is an exception for qualified non-prior service applicants assessing into the MOS 09L (interpreter/translators specializing in Dari, Farsi and Pashto).

Education

  • Most states require applicants to have a high school diploma (or be working toward it), but each state sets its own education requirements. Contact a recruiter to get the latest information about your state's requirements.
  • If you're still in high school, you may be eligible for the Split Training Option, which lets you join while you finish your senior year. And if you've left high school short of graduating, the Guard's GED Plus program can help you earn your GED and become eligible for enlistment. Your recruiter has more information.

Before enlisting in the Guard, you'll be required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (or ASVAB). This important aptitude test measures your knowledge in eight areas, including math, science, word knowledge, electronics, mechanics and auto/shop skills. It will help you find the Guard career best suited to your strengths-the one where you'll fit best and be most likely to succeed.

If you think you are a good candidate, there are a few steps you'll need to take in order to enlist.:

  • Contact a representative - 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 test. Take Sample Test Here
  • 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'll:
    • 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
  • Attend Recruit Sustainment Program (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.
  • 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. Look over the rest of the pages in this section. If you still have questions, contact your local Kansas Guard Recruiter.

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