Army National Guard

The Army National Guard is the oldest component of our Armed Forces and has members in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. Those in the National Guard serve not only their country, but their state and local community as well.


ROTC Cadets in the National Guard can receive hands-on leadership training through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). SMP participants earn at least $255 for each monthly drill and cannot be federally mobilized until completion of their ROTC training. Typical National Guard duty is one weekend drill per month and two weeks of summer training.


Members of the National Guard enjoy in-state tuition rates and up to $4,500/year in Federal Tuition Assistance. Most states offer additional tuition assistance that pays up to the highest state school tuition rate. With a strong Grade Point Average, ROTC Cadets can earn 3-year Dedicated Army National Guard Scholarships or 2-year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarships. These scholarships provide 100% tuition at any school or up to $10k/year for room and board, plus a $1,200/year book stipend. The Army National Guard also offers up to $50,000 for student loan repayment.


Qualified Cadets also may be eligible for $329/month or more in GI Bill payments, plus an additional $350/month for participating in the Simultaneous Membership Program.


The Army National Guard offers additional incentives for medical professionals, lawyers, and clergy members. Students interested in becoming Physician Assistants can apply for the National Guard to fund 100% of their civilian schooling or attend the Army Physician Assistant school at Fort Sam Houston, TX.


Government, university, business and industry leaders may be interested in the National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP). Established in 1993, SPP fosters cooperation between American states/the National Guard and foreign states through activities of mutual benefit. These include joint training and personnel exchanges. Partnerships are active in Europe, Central Asia, the Far East, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Africa.


It is also possible to earn a commission through the National Guard Officer Candidate School program. Addtional information on this process is available at www.nationalguard.com/training/ocs.php.


For more information on the National Guard and the Army National Guard, visit www.nationalguard.mil and www.arng.army.mil