Lately I’ve been thinking about joining the National Guard. I’ve done some reading on the NG Forums about what to expect and the certain things that the NG does. This is something that will give me experience for what I want to do later in my career. It offers tuition assistance and a student loan repayment program. It will definitely be beneficial to help me pay for school. I would have to go to 10 weeks of BCT (Basic Combat Training) and then a scheduled amount of weeks for AIT (Advanced Individual Training). This will most likely take most of the summer to complete and maybe even overlapping into the Fall.
I plan to head to BCT after the Spring semester and get all my training done. After all of the previous stated training, I would have to attend unit training one weekend every month and two weeks at once every summer. I will be able to stay at home, work part-time, and still be able to attend classes while in the NG. There are still some questions I have about the program.
Right now I am in process of filling out information and contacting a recruiter. There is a type of “getting ready” training before BCT called RSP (Recruitment Sustainment Program). This training basically gets you ready for the PT (Physical Test) and for BCT. Hopefully I will be able to attend multiple RSP sessions.
I just read that there is advancement opportunities even before you head to BCT. If you have 24 credit hours at an accredited university, you can be advanced to a Private (E2) as opposed to starting as a Private (E1). Also, if you have 48 credit hours, which I plan to have by the time, you can be advanced to a Private First Class (E3). I think that is pretty awesome!
Right now I am in the process of filling out online forms and taking a pre-ASVAB test. (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) This measures overall knowledge of different skills so the NG can offer you the different MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) opportunities that will be best fit for you. I am just in the beginning stages, but am really excited about having this new experience.