FACTSHEET | Sept. 23, 2020

Air National Guard FAQs

What is the Air National Guard?
The Air National Guard is a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force, similar to the Air Force Reserves. We work part-time, one weekend a month and a few weeks a year, at a minimum, and have what is unique to the military in a dual role. While Reserve components have a federal mission under the direction of the President, the Air Guard has another role of supporting the states in times of need under the direction of the Governor. As a result, the Air Guard gets additional benefits offered by the state and affords its members both federal and state benefits.
How much money will I earn working on weekend per month?
Your pay is determined by your rank and time in service. Air Guard members are paid for four active duty days for working two actual days each month. You can check out the pay calculator on our website or ask your recruiter for current pay scale information.
 
Can Air Guard help me pay for college?
Yes, Air Guard members can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill, which pays a monthly stipend of up to $362 per month toward college tuition and expenses. If you qualify, you can also receive the GI Bill Kicker, which could provide you with an additional $350 per month. Some states even offer up to 100% tuition assistance! Visit the Benefits portion of the website to see what federal and state benefits are offered, and make sure you ask your recruiter for more information on tuition assistance for college.
What jobs are available in the Air Guard?
Click here to get more information about specific careers in the Air National Guard. The Careers page will provide you with in-depth job descriptions. Contact a recruiter to find out what jobs are available in your area and learn how to qualify for them.
 
What are the basic requirements to join the Air National Guard?
You must be between the ages of 17 and 39, be a legal resident, and have a high school diploma or equivalency unless you are still in school, then you must be a high school senior. You must pass the entrance exam, medical screening, and a background check. The age limitation varies if you have prior military experience, are a medical professional, or chaplain. Please speak with the local recruiter and they can provide you more information.
What are the requirements to become an officer in the Air National Guard?
In order to become an officer in the Air National Guard, you must hold a bachelor's degree and pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT). If selected, you are required to complete the Academy of Military Science (AMS) Officer training program prior to your 35th birthday. If you already have military experience, talk to a recruiter about your specific situation.
 
Can I choose where I am stationed or is that assigned to me?
In most circumstances, you will apply, enlist, and serve at the Air Guard location closest to your home. You may choose a location farther away from you as long as you live within that location's reasonable commuting distance restriction. Check with the recruiter at the location you desire to join to make sure you are eligible.