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  • The Air National Guard was made an official component of the U.S. Air Force in 1947, following the great aerial battles of World War II. Like the Air Force Reserve, the Air National Guard is made up of Citizen Airmen who train part time, close to home, until called upon for duty. These professionals serve both the federal and state governments — assisting their communities and helping the U.S. Air Force guard America's skies.

    Today the Air National Guard is an essential component of the U.S. Air Force. Currently, this Force is made up of approximately 105,000 Air National Guard personnel. There are more than 140 Air National Guard units throughout the U.S. and its territories with varying service options for a Guardsman to choose from.

  • Before Serving in the Air National Guard

  • Before Serving in the Air National Guard

    Before Serving in the Air National Guard

    To join the Air National Guard, you must be between 18 and 39 years old (17 with parental consent). While exceptions are sometimes made for candidates with GEDs or other high school equivalents, high school diplomas are preferred. As in most Service branches, the ASVAB test is used to match recruits with jobs.

    As with full-time Air Force recruits, Air National Guard members spend eight and half weeks in Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During this time, trainees develop the discipline, confidence and skills to grow into Airmen.

  • Air National Guard Benefits

  • Air National Guard Benefits

    Air National Guard Benefits

    The Air National Guard offers many of the same benefits as the active-duty Air Force. Members of the Air National Guard have the flexibility to train near home and maintain a civilian career until needed, along with access to the same professional training as full-time service members. They also receive a paycheck for all time spent drilling and deployed, benefits and tuition assistance.

  • Air National Guard Careers

  • Air National Guard Careers

    Air National Guard Careers

    While many commercial pilots begin their careers in the Air Force, an in-flight job is just one facet of training a service member might receive in the Air National Guard. The Air National Guard offers over 200 career specialties, from telecommunications to ordnance disposal. All members of the Air National Guard develop valuable skills and character that civilian employers find very desirable. For full-time options, explore service in the Air Force. Keep in mind that you can also serve part-time through the Air Force Reserve.

  • Air National Guard Videos

    Air National Guard Videos

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Staff Sgt. Saul Mendoza: I take pride in putting on a uniform every morning because it stands for something—and I honestly don’t see myself doing anything else.

Airman 1st Class Carlos Puga: I wanted to do something that would make an impact in my life and set me up for success.

Senior Airman Jonathan Massey: We all play a role that helps accomplish the bigger mission.

Staff Sgt. Saul Mendoza: Now that I’m older, going to school, I understand how important it is. So, I’m giving it everything I got. Because—and that’s also something I got from the Air Force: you’re there, you’re going to do it, why not do it your best?

Airman 1st Class Carlos Puga: The Air Guard really doesn’t interfere much with my studies. I think one of the great things that you learn, even in training, is time management. And I think that has really helped me as far as creating that balance. I tried other things, but it seems like the Military has probably the best way to position you. Even if you don’t know what you want to do in life, at least you’ll have a solid foundation that will always make you stand out above most of your peers.

Senior Airman Jonathan Massey: Hands-down, the Military is the best decision I ever made.