MIND, BODY AND GRIT
Physical and mental toughness are just the basic requirements. This is about commitment. A commitment to yourself. A commitment to those around you. A commitment to make a difference, help those in need and be a keeper of the American dream.
It takes drive—the kind that doesn’t fade when impossible obstacles stare you in the face. It takes mitigation, teamwork and the will to achieve something bigger. If you’re looking for something more, the Guard is looking for you.
To join the Utah Army National Guard without prior service, you must meet these mandatory requirements:
- Be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
- Achieve a minimum score on the ASVAB test
- Meet medical, physical and moral requirements
IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK.
FILL OUT A CONTACT FORM
Fill out this form, and a Guard recruiter will contact you to answer all of your questions. Get the conversation started, with no obligations on your part.
TAKE AN ELIGIBILITY TEST
Once you and your Utah Guard Recruiter agree that you’re a good fit for the Guard, your next step is to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, which determines which jobs you qualify for. To find out when and where you can take the test, contact a recruiter.
At this point, you will lock in your Basic Combat Training ship date and take your Oath of Enlistment.
SPLIT TRAINING OPTION
You enlist while you’re still a junior (you must be 17 years old to enlist and have permission from a parent or guardian), finish that year and attend Basic Combat Training during the summer between your junior and senior years.
PREPARE FOR BASIC TRAINING
Until you ship, you’ll attend something called the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) one weekend a month. RSP is all about getting you ready to excel at Basic Training, so you'll learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training.
It’s time for Basic Combat Training. In 10 weeks, you’ll be stronger than you’ve ever been, and ready to be part of the team that protects America.
If you have never served in any branch of the military, there are few things you need to know. All initial enlistment contracts are for eight years – that is you will have an eight year military service obligation. However, all eight years do not have to be served in an Army National Guard unit. For example, a Soldier can serve for as little as three years in a unit where there is a requirement to participate a minimum of one weekend each month and two weeks for annual training. The Soldier can then reenlist or spend the remaining five years in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). In the IRR there is no requirement to attend weekend drills or perform a two week annual training. Many benefits, however, require a six year enlistment and the remaining two years can be spent in the IRR or the Soldier can reenlist.