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Joining the National Guard in your 30s?


Are you curious if you can join the Army Officer Candidate School program, based on your unique situation? I cover that on my Youtube page in this video.


Joining the National Guard in your 30s can be a great decision, but it ultimately depends on your personal goals, interests, and circumstances. Here are a few things to consider before making a decision:

  1. Age requirements: The National Guard advertises the maximum age to join as on Officer as 42 (with an age waiver), however some branches of the Army Officer Corps may require you to be much younger than that (e.g. aviation). However, the Army can lift some restrictions based on the need for certain roles to be filled. The best way to get the most recent information is to speak with a recruiter. If you are in your 30s, I would suggest joining as an Officer rather than enlisted if you meet the criteria to do so. If you do have your mind set on enlisted, your general enlistment age limit is 35.

  2. Physical requirements: You will need to meet certain physical fitness requirements to join the National Guard. Before enlisting, you will need to pass a physical examination and meet certain physical fitness standards. If fitness is part of your everyday lifestyle, this could be a good career move for you.

  3. Military commitment: Joining the National Guard means committing to serving both your state and country. As a member of the National Guard, you will typically be required to serve one weekend per month and two weeks per year, but this can vary. Also, you may be called to active duty during times of national emergency, such as natural disasters, or war.

  4. Benefits and pay: The National Guard offers a variety of benefits, including education and training opportunities, health care, and retirement plans. National Guard soldiers also receive pay for their training and drill duty, and may qualify for additional pay and benefits when called to active duty.

  5. Personal and career development: The National Guard can provide a sense of purpose, personal and career development opportunities, as well as leadership training. It's also a great opportunity to serve and give back to your community.

It's important to weigh these factors carefully when making a decision about joining the National Guard. It can be a challenging but rewarding experience, and it's essential to think through your motivations, goals, and how it would fit into your life before making the commitment.

Interested in learning how to join? I cover that on my Youtube page, here.


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