Join the National Guard

To ensure you have the latest information on current eligibility standards, you will need to contact your local recruiter. While much of what you see below doesn't change much, the opportunities for getting a waiver for a disqualifying mark varies depending on what recruiting region you are in and the current state of the economy.

  • Age - You can join at 17 with parents' permission or 18 up to 35 years of age at the time you ship to MEPS.
  • Citizenship - You must be a US citizen or a legal resident alien with documents to validate your status.
  • Criminal Record - The National Guard isn't accepting those with a felony conviction. Old criminal violations may be overlooked if enough time has passed and you have maintained a good record since then. If you have been convicted of a crime (not including minor traffic offenses), please take a look at this list of disqualifying crimes to see if even your misdemeanor conviction is bad enough to keep you from enlisting.
  • Education - High school diploma is required in most states. Those with a diploma must score above 31 AFQT on the ASVAB and those with a GED need to score 50 or more AFQT.
  • Physical Health - You can download pdf copy of the physical fitness standards to see how well you need to perform in the three events - push-ups, sit-ups, and 2-mile run. The National Guard uses the same height/weight standards as the US Army.
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