How Do You Join the National Guard?

How Do You Join the National Guard?

To join the National Guard, age, education, citizenship and health requirements must be met, an application must be completed, and the prospect must meet with a recruiter. Next, the prospect must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test before enlisting and participating in combat training boot camp.

  1. Meet eligibility requirements

    Prospects interested in applying to the National Guard must be between 17 and 35 years old, posses U.S. Citizenship or permanent U.S. residency and have a high school diploma or GED.

  2. Fill out the online application form

    Go to On the homepage, click the link in the upper right-hand corner that reads: Get Started. Fill out the contact form with the prospect's name, email address and phone number.

  3. Speak with a recruiter

    After submitting an online application, a National Guard recruiter reaches out to the applicant and asks questions regarding marital status, health, education, drug use and criminal history to determine eligibility.

  4. Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test must be completed at one of the 65 Military Entrance Processing Stations within the United States and Puerto Rico, or at a Military Entrance Test site.

  5. Enlist and choose a basic training shipment date

    All branches of the military require prospects to complete the Oath of Enlistment. Once a prospect enlists, he is assigned a basic training boot camp shipment date.

  6. Complete basic combat training

    At basic training, a 10-week physical fitness program must be completed. Training teaches prospects the basic principles for completing a specific job within the National Guard.