How does the Air National Guard compare to the Army National Guard?
I was in the Air Guard, but interacted with the Army side on a regular basis. There are differences. For one thing, Army Guardsmen are not near as familiar with their officers as Air Guardsmen are. I worked closely with officers and consequently we were more at ease around each other. Another thing to consider is that the Air guard has many more full time guardsmen at their bases than the Army does. due to some peculiarities, it's possible that some enlisted members make more money than the officers.
How does the National Guard compare to the Army in the U.S.?
I was in the Virginia Army National Guard, 29th Infantry Division, in the 1990s, so my impressions might be outdated. However, back then we operated at a slower training tempo with a lot of corner cutting, had equipment that was older and of a lower quality than that of the regular army, and were far more laid back and less spit and polish than the regular army.We were in the most literal sense a militia, second line troops who, the theory went, were familiar with the basics of soldiering, and could hopefully be brought up to speed and regular army standards with a few months of intensive training if we were called up to fight a real war. The WW1 and WW2 blueprints for making use of the National Guard.I doubt even the most gung ho amongst us had any delusions about our chances if we had been deployed to an active war as we were.
How does the switch from Army National Guard to Active Duty Army work? How hard would it be?
Lot of good information here. Bit of background, I’ve done it. I was Army National Guard for 12 years, and I’ve now been back in the regular Army for almost 12. Just because it’s been so long, it’s possible the answer is (perhaps slightly) different now, but when I did it, essentially the process was getting that DD368 signed.Contrary to one of the answers, the Guard -can- stop you from going into an OCS program. I’m pretty sure that the Army would not even let me apply for OCS without having the signed form. If the Guard has recently spent a bunch of money in training you, the likelihood that they’ll release you is significantly less. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Most people in the Guard are former active duty, so many will support you in that. Some places you may find withhold the authority to sign the DD368 to a senior officer level.You didn’t specify if you intend to go for an officer program. If so, for me the process was to go to a recruiter, who helped me put together a packet for OCS which contained a DA photo, a statement about why I wanted to be an officer, letter of recommendations (which I got one from my company commander), a physical, etc. That went before a board and I was selected. When I left for the Army I think there was something on the DD368 that showed I had entered active duty, and the National Guard processed me out. Depending on the experience of the recruiter they may not know all the details, so you may need to do some research on your own. Mine had not recruited anyone from the National Guard previously. Rules change all the time, though, and only recruiters keep up with it, so make the “career office” your first stop if you go forward with this.If the Guard is not willing to sign your form (for now) you have a few options - one is to look at Active Guard Reserve (AGR) / Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW). In these positions you will remain in the Guard, but will count towards active duty. As previously mentioned if you join an ROTC program that may also be a route, although ROTC does commission to the reserve component as well. What I would not do is go for a Guard OCS program. Those will almost for sure make it that the Guard will not give you up.Finally, a significantly less good option, but I’ve seen people do it is move. When you do so, it’s not feasible for the Guard where you’re at to hold on to you. You’ll be transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve to which you can apply for active duty (I believe without a DD368).Hope this helps!Edit: I realized there is one other opportunity for returning to active duty. If you are currently a commissioned officer in the National Guard, or a Warrant Officer in certain MOSs, there is a program called “Call to Active Duty.” Here is a page with more information. Note it does require a DD368 for both National Guard and Army Reserve.
What are some ways to get out of the Army National Guard?
It is not easy. One signs an enlistment contract for a specified number of years, that includes active (Drilling) service and inactive service. Misbehaving or going Absent Without Leave (not showing up) can get you “chaptered out” and there are long time legal consequences for this. Considering that the Guard often involves only drilling it might be best to serve, and not reenlist. If it is a real burden, work with your Commander and 1SGT and Personnel Section (S1) cooperatively and see if you can get your contract changed to more inactive time, or make some other arrangement. There is no better pride to have later in life than knowing you served honorably. Remember, this will be a life changing decision and you may truly regret it later. I strongly advise you work with your chain of command to get out honorably. Messing this up is something you will regret later.
How hard is it to be in the Army National Guard in college? Is it worth waiting for until you’re out of college?
Members of the reserves forces, to include national guard units, are required to drill 1 weekend a month. Sometimes a drill is extended from 2 days to 3 days or 2.5 days of drill. A drill day is divided into 2 parts for pay purposes which makes a 2 day weekend drill a 4 part/point drill. During a 12 month year a soldier must gain 48 points plus the 2 weeks or 15 days of active duty drill. 48 drill points during a 12 month time period plus the 15 AD points equal 63 points required to have 1 good year towards retirement.Senior NCO’s and officers are required to put more time into this “part time” job then junior enlisted. You will not find that requirement written in any document. It is just one of those official but unofficial rules of the game. And trust me. You will not be financially compensated for your extra time and effort expended.How hard is it to be a drilling member of the guard and be a full time student? If that is all you have going on in your life then I would say you shouldn’t have any problems. Sacrifice is the name of the game. If you are not will to make sacrifices in your life then don’t complain when you don’t go anywhere in life.
How do I report having eczema in the Army National Guard? I just recently found out that I have it.
First get all your medical documentation together and copy it twice for the military. One copy to give them right away and the other copy to keep in your field briefcase in your car.Start with your section sergeant or squad leader and normally they will send you to your unit’s admin NCO.They may have you go to an Army doctor, during the weekend so that’s why you keep the second set of medical paperwork with you. Or they may forward your documents for a medical review.Don’t sweat it too much, I had a pituitary tumor and they deployed me twice.
How can I choose whether to join the National Guard or the Army Reserve?
This is really a local decision. You don’t really join the Guard or Reserve, you join a specific unit, to fill a vacancy that the unit has. Look at the Guard and Reserve units near you, since you will be responsible for attending all their training. How faar away are they? Will you have trouble getting there? Will you have to stay somewhere overnight? If so, you will probably be responsible for your own lodging and food outside of drill. In all my time in the Reserves (20 years), only once was I in a unit that would make lodging available, and that was by setting up cots in the Reserve center.The next thing to consider is what kind ofunits are they? This will determine what kind of training you can request. You will be enlisting for a specific position and will be trained in that MOS after you complete basic. You cannot request training for skills that the unit does not use. For example, an infantry company cannot use a tank driver. A quartermaster unit caannot use an operating room tech. Jump school? Special Forces? Aviation? Forget it unless the unit you are joining can use people with those skills. If they can, though, go for it. When I live in Texas, the National Guard armory next to my Reserve center belonged to the 36th Airborne Division. Texas also had the 49th Armored Division, so they used a lot of tankers. All units, though, use support people - clerks, supply soecialists, cooks, etc. But visit the units and see what they need. Also see if you feel you can fit in with them. You will be spending a lot of time with them, and you may even deploy with them.You may also want to consider that the Guard can be mobilized by the governor, but the Reserves must get their orders from Washington. Also, the Guard seems to lean more toward units belonging to a combat division, where Reserve units are more likely to be support units of some kind. I served in a couple of schools and several hospitals (I’m Medical Service Corps, a hospital administrastor).In any case, this has to be a personal decision, based on your interests and capabilities. It depends a lot on what is there for you. Good luck!
How do I transfer from National Guard to active duty Army?
From my experience (especially right now with GWOT winding down to some extent) active duty can be a little bit more selective.But here’s kind of the general idea or process that you would go through. You’ll go talk to an active duty recruiter about your eligibility which if you’re in the Guard should be good as long as you pass APFT and have done a periodic health assessment within the last 12 months of signing your active duty contract. From there, the recruiter will give you a list of jobs you can choose from for active duty which may or may not be your current MOS, they usually have options such as here’s the jobs you can take if you want to keep your current rank (especially for NCOs), and here’s the jobs if you’re ok taking a demotion to fill the slot in this MOS.Then comes the tough part. Your state has to be willing to release you to active duty. This is something called a conditional release that you’ll have to talk to your readiness NCO and commander about. Some are for it and some won’t grant it but from my knowledge it goes up to at least brigade level if not higher to get approved. Once/if you get this conditional release you have a certain amount of time to sign your contract with active duty (90 days maybe? Not 100% sure). This is a conditional release that your state is granting you with the promise from you basically that you will be going active duty.From there you’ll sign your contract, get shipped off to whatever base your training would be on, then get some leave to move you and your stuff to whatever base you will be assigned to. Hope this helps!
Is it legal for companies to charge a previous employee a fee for filling out an employment verification form?
I’m not a lawyer, but I’d say you don’t have to pay. The law, as I know it, requires former employers to confirm your dates of employment and title. If your former employer demands you pay a fee for this, ask for the demand in writing (say you need it for financial records), then send a copy of that demand to the company you applied to, and your state’s Office of the Attorney General or Labor Department. The demand on email would also work, as would a voicemail you can attach to an email.