Commissioned officers in all of the the National Guard's career fields hold positions of tremendous authority. They are proven leaders, willing to accept challenges, make important decisions and take on great responsibility. As a basic branch officer, you'll choose a career in one of the following areas:

Combat Arms Branches

  • Armor (Not open to women): Armor officers are responsible for tank, cavalry and reconnaissance operations on the battlefield.
  • Field Artillery (Not open to women): The Field Artillery Branch is responsible for neutralizing or suppressing the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fire, and for overseeing the combined use of all fire support.
  • Air Defense Artillery: Air defense artillery officers are experts in air defense tactics, techniques and procedures, and leaders in air defense operations.
  • Aviation : Aviation officers are expert aviators first, overseeing aviation operations from maintenance to control tower operations to domestic and combat missions.
  • Corps of Engineers: Engineer officers help the Army and the nation build structures, develop civil works programs and work with natural resources, as well as provide combat support.
  • Combat Support Branches: Signal Corps - Signal Corps officers are experts in installing, operating and maintaining all aspects of the Guard's communication, data and information systems and services.
  • Military Police Corps: Military Police (MP) officers oversee area security, law and order, police intelligence and maneuver support in peacetime and combat, plus internment and resettlement.
  • Military Intelligence Corps:Military intelligence officers are always out front, providing essential intelligence and information about the enemy, terrain and weather conditions.
  • Chemical Corps: Chemical officers are experts in nuclear, biological and radiological defense and warfare, and homeland protection. They also lead chemical units in combat support.
  • Combat Service Support Branches: Adjutant General Corps
    An adjutant general officer is responsible for overseeing Soldiers' general welfare and well-being. Duties are similar to those of human resources executives.
  • Finance Corps: The finance corps is responsible for all Guard financial matters—purchasing supplies and services, balancing budgets, and being sure Soldiers are paid for their service.
  • Transportation Corps:Transportation officers specialize in vehicles and transport procedures, leading transportation operations and movement of troops and supplies during land combat.
  • Ordnance Corps: Ordnance officers are responsible for ensuring that weapons systems, munitions, vehicles and equipment are ready and in perfect working order at all times.
  • Quartermaster Corps: Quartermaster officers oversee availability and function of materials and systems from food, water and petroleum to parachute maintenance and general equipment repair.

These areas count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military. Your scores in the other areas of the ASVAB determine how qualified you are for certain military specialties. Score high, and your chances of getting the specialty/job you want increase.


To become an officer in the National Guard: Effective November 30, 2010, applicants interested in attending Federal OCS must have a baccalaureate degree or higher. Waivers for individuals without a four-year degree, but with at least 90 nonduplicate credit hours toward a degree, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
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Getting started is easier than you think. Below is the path you can expect to take when you're ready to join the Guard.

  • GET STARTED: Locate your local recruiter from Recruiters Area Map to let them know you're interested in learning more. No obligation, no guarantees.

  • TEST: Once you and your Guard representative agree that you're a good fit for the Guard, your next step is to take the ASVAB test. Take our practice ASVAB test.

  • ENLIST: At this point, you will lock in your Basic Combat Training ship date, confirm your Guard job and pay, and take your Oath of Enlistment.

  • PREPARE: Until you ship, you'll attend RSP one weekend a month to learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training.

  • SHIP: 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.

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