Any RJers in the National Guard?

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    Apr 19, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm giving a lot of thought to joining the National Guard as a stepping stone to full active duty with the Army JAG Corps. I applied to the Army JAG last month, but I found out last week that I didn't make the cut this time. I figured joining the Guard will significantly increase my chances of getting picked up when I apply again in November.

    Would anyone like to share their status/stories about life in the National Guard? I'm particularly interested in the training process and what actually goes on for that "one weekend a month, 2 weeks a year." But any and all stories and experiences are welcome.
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    Apr 20, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    Is there no one?
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Apr 20, 2011 5:48 PM GMT
    Not that it really helps you with your situation, but I got a packet of stuff from them a few days ago...... just to find out that they put the wrong name on everything icon_neutral.gif Not the greatest intro to the NG.
  • Latinguy9764

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    Apr 20, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    I almost joined NG made it all the way to Jackson SC. That's there main training facility. I was let go due to some medical issues that arise while I was there. But before all that happen it was a positive experience, I had sworn in on March and my ship date wasn't for another six months. So between that time I was already going to my once a month training that counted towards my time of service. Before I started basic training I was getting a head start with the NG pre training. During the whole weekend they'd teach us how to properly form a squad how to walk and and turn as a squad. We would do PT and have class time and teach us some basic knowledge about the military and how the ranks work. Each weekend was a little different, I remember one weekend they had us out doing some maneuver out in the field with our guns. Of course none of them were loaded, but it was a good introduction. From time to time we would get yelled out and punished as a whole squad. It was all in preparation for basic training, which they always said was 10 times worst. All in all it was a good head start, most of the cadet that go through NG finish Basic with some awards and acknowledgments. I felt pretty confident that I was going to do alright until I received the bad medical news and was told that I was going to have to go home.
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    Apr 20, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    Alpha1 saidNot that it really helps you with your situation, but I got a packet of stuff from them a few days ago...... just to find out that they put the wrong name on everything icon_neutral.gif Not the greatest intro to the NG.


    I too, know nothing about todays NG or Army, but always make sure that the clerks type your name correctly. They made a typo on one of my Mom's forms 60 years ago, and she still gets documents with the wrong name.
  • shawn06

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    Apr 20, 2011 8:14 PM GMT
    I am just finishing up my 4 year contract in the Army as active duty. First National Guard training facilities is the exact same as normal Army, that means when you go to basic you are gonna go to either fort knox, fort benning, fort jackson, fort leanordwood (forgot spelling), or fort eustis. You will be in basic training with both Active duty Army and Reserve soldiers, you do not have any different training than us. If you go to knox or benning normally you will endure tougher training as they are all male and have much lower limitations than with women, the reason why the mixed training facilities are easier is simply because women have hygiene issues that limit training just a bit (eustis is all male but I don't know much about it). Either way it won't be easy.

    Second you will have drills once a month, 2 days in a weekend and 2 weeks in the summer. Now here's the tough part, you no longer have soldiers waking you up in the morning for PT so now to pass your required PT tests you will have to keep in shape on your own. However your other option is to go Active Guard, this is essentially the same as Active Duty since you will work on a daily basis and this will be your full time job. The difference is you will be stationed near home instead of wherever the Army sticks you.

    Ok now I was active duty though I shared a lot of time with the Guard, your advanced training, Air Assault, etc will all be shared with Army as we all train together, it is essentially no different. Deployment is pretty much just as likely as us, if you think going guard has less deployment probability then you're wrong I have seen many guard guys in Afghanistan and sometimes have longer deployments than the normal soldier. Now that the wars are winding down though I imagine every soldier is less likely to be deployed. If you really have any more questions I can probably answer every one just message me icon_smile.gif.

    EDIT: Your main duties during the weekend per month training are simple drills or work in your field. From what I understand most of the work goes to the active guard guys though since they are familiar with their job, while you may have to do drills to ensure that you are on par with army standards. The 2 weeks in the summer usually involves some travel and doing more intense training or working. Another option you guard guys have is a work form, you can work a certain amount of hours throughout the week with pay without being active guard. This is a good idea if your unsure if you wanna have this as full time but would like to keep up with your job and be of actual assistance in the field.

    Educational opportunities are better with guard since you get tuition assistance however you will not get the GI Bill. Also, Guard contracts are typically 6-8 years while ours are 2-6. Just be sure you're making the right decision and ready to make the commitment regardless of the branch or sub-branch you choose.