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To join the National Guard without prior service, you must meet these mandatory requirements:
TAKE AN ELIGIBILITY TEST
Once you and your Guard Recruiter agree that you’re a good fit for the Guard, your next step is to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, which determines which jobs you qualify for. If you haven't already taken the ASVAB, you can get more ASVAB info here. To find out when and where you can take the test, contact a recruiter.
At this point, you will lock in your Basic Combat Training ship date, confirm your Guard job and pay, and take your Oath of Enlistment. You can see what enlisting is like here.
SPLIT TRAINING OPTION
You enlist while you’re still a junior (you must be 17 years old to enlist and have permission from a parent or guardian), finish that year and attend Basic Combat Training during the summer between your junior and senior years. Learn more
PREPARE FOR BASIC TRAINING
Until you ship, you’ll attend something called the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) one weekend a month. RSP is all about getting you ready to excel at Basic Training, so you'll learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training.
It’s time for Basic Combat Training. In 10 weeks, you’ll be stronger than you’ve ever been, and ready to be part of the team that protects America.