Q: SO YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER IS THINKING OF JOINING THE NEBRASKA NATIONAL GUARD...

A: It's time to get some straight answers. We realize that all parents want what's best for their kids. We want the same. As a result, many questions are going to come to mind. The Nebraska Army and Air National Guard would like to address many of these questions and give you the straight answers. Our representatives are professionals and will treat your son or daughter like one of their own.


Q: HOW LONG IS THE OBLIGATION?

A: All individuals who enlist in any branch of the military incur an obligation of 8 years. The applicant may then choose how long he/she would like to be in a drilling status, at a minimum of 3 years or up to 8 years. To receive most benefits, they must select a drilling status for 6 years. At the end of the 6 years, or however long they choose, they would have the option to reenlist or serve out the remainder of their time in an inactive status.


Q: WHAT IS THE OBLIGATION?

A: In the National Guard an individual who enlists is committing to training one weekend per month and two weeks of annual training per year. This is a minimum requirement and could vary based upon the needs of the unit.


Q: WHAT ARE THE CHANCES MY SON OR DAUGHTER WILL BE DEPLOYED?

A: With the way things are in the world at the present time, there is a very good chance the majority of our Soldiers will be deployed during their military career. Members of the Nebraska National Guard have represented our state honorably as they have been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, El Salvador, Honduras, and many others.


Q: HOW MUCH MONEY WILL THEY MAKE?

A: The amount of money they will be paid varies, depending on their rank. The pay for a weekend drill will start out anywhere between $188 and $266 per month. The pay for their Initial Active Duty Training (IADT) will vary anywhere between $1,416 and $1,999 per month.
-FY14 Pay Charts


Q: WHAT DETERMINES THE RANK MY SON/DAUGHTER MAY ENLIST AS?

A: Normally all new Soldiers will enlist as a Private E-1. There are ways to enlist at a higher rank. If they already have college education, or have participated in Junior ROTC, or they are an Eagle Scout, or they achieve passing scores in the Stripes for Skills program, or they refer a friend for enlistment (Stripes for Buddies) they may qualify as a higher rank.


Q: HOW LONG IS THEIR INITIAL TRAINING AND WHERE ARE THEY GOING?

A: The Initial Active Duty Training (IADT) they are required to attend will be a minimum of 10 weeks to complete Basic Training and an average of 15 weeks to complete their job training: Advanced Individual Training (AIT). The length of training depends on the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) they select. For example, the training required for a 91A, Biomedical Equipment Specialist is 41 weeks long where as a 88M, Motor Transportation Operator is only 7 weeks long. The location of the training will vary depending on the MOS they select. The most common places our soldiers go for training is Ft. Leonard Wood (Missouri) or Ft. Jackson (South Carolina). Prior to a Soldier enlisting, he/she will know the dates and location of their IADT.


Q: WHAT IF CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE IN THEIR LIFE AND THEY WANT TO GET OUT?

When an individual enlists in the Nebraska Army National Guard they are obligated to the term of their enlistment. However, we also understand there are circumstances that may prevent a Soldier from fulfilling their obligation. These instances are handled on a case by case basis. The unit commander may recommend a Soldier to be placed into the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) or the Inactive National Guard (ING) during these periods for the remainder of their obligation. In almost all cases, these conflicts are resolved rather easily and may just involve a transfer to another state or being transferred into the ING for a short period. We have been dealing with these types of problems for a long time and also recognize that this is a very turbulent time in most peoples' lives. We always strive to do our best when taking care of our Soldiers.


Q: WHAT IS THE ASVAB?

A: Whether you want to be a Motor Transport Operator, Signal Support Specialist, or an Airborne Ranger, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the key to your military career. The ASVAB is required of all recruits and consists of multiple subject tests that measure the skills required for various careers.

Test subjects include: General Science; Arithmetic Reasoning; Word Knowledge; Paragraph Comprehension; Mathematics Knowledge; Electronics Information; Auto & Shop Information; and Mechanical Comprehension.

Each test is scored individually. In addition, composite scores measure academic, verbal, and mathematical ability. Finally, the Armed Services Qualification Test (AFQT) score reflects ability in Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge.



Q: HOW DOES THE ASVAB HELP YOU?

A: The ASVAB is required when you enlist in any branch of the military. It is also required if you want to change career fields and don't have the scores you need on file. The ASVAB enables you to explore your options among various military and civilian careers. For that reason it is also popular with many high school students who may or may not want to enlist.



Q: WHERE CAN YOU TAKE IT?

A: The ASVAB is administered at more than 14,000 high schools and postsecondary schools across the United States. It is also offered at Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) and Mobile Examining Team (MET) sites year round.


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