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Qualifications to Become
A Member of the Army
All individuals must meet certain enlistment criteria to qualify for membership
in the Army National Guard. These criteria ensure that those who join the
Military Service have the right mental, physical, and moral aptitudes the
to perform those tasks that the military requires. In general, these criteria
- Physical Condition: Must be able to pass an initial Military Entrance
Physical Examination, be in good health, and meet minimum standards for height
and weight. Certain illnesses, past injuries or diseases may preclude individuals
- Marital Status and Dependents: May be either single or married.
- Moral Character: Must meet standards designed to screen out those
individuals who are likely to become disciplinary problems. Standards cover
arrests, court convictions, drug usage, and moral turpitude.
- Waivers: Some waivers are granted to individuals on a case-by-case
basis for some of the enlistment criteria listed above. See your local
Army National Guard Recruiter for additional details.
- Terms of Enlistment: Each person who enlists in the Army National
Guard signs an enlistment contract for a total of 8 years of service. As few
as 3 years of as many as 8 years can be served in a drill status, with the
remainder served in an inactive status. The enlistment contract will identify
the occupation for which the individual is enlisting, the number of years
that will be served in an active National Guard status, and the unit in which
the individual will serve.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 1-800-GO-GUARD