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.
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.