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Old 10-13-2020, 07:21 PM   #1  
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Default How do I join the national guard?

I'm 18 and currently in college and I'm thinking about joining the national guard. I'm obtaining my flight ratings and wouldn't mind being in the national guard. I attend kent state university and I'm from Cincinnati. National guard seems like a good side job and extra stream of income. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Google to locate your nearest recruiting station if you want to enlist. If you're interested in flying, Google OHANG units. I know there is a KC-135 (tanker) squadron in Columbus. I know some guys who enlisted, got their reputation set in their unit, then after they finished school, their unit sent them to OTS and then flight school. Just realize it's not a "side job." You will have multiple training events that will take you away from college, whatever job you may have now, and that at any time, your number gets called and you're on active duty until they say you aren't. You'll be serving your country and it's great that you're interested; just know that there is much more to it than trying to pick up some extra cash. Good luck and if you have any other questions, let me know.
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Make sure you are effective in time management.

1. Get your 4 year college degree. Do it in something that is marketable so you have something to fall back on in a black swan event or if you have something where you cannot get a medical when you get older (I know you think they will never happen to you, trust me, they can.)

2. Get your flying hours, 1,500.

3. Serving your country is admirable. You will find many pilots you fly with were active duty or guard.

By the time you are ready to apply to a regional, for example, COVID-19 will be a distant memory and they will be back in a strong hiring mode.
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I'm 18 and currently in college and I'm thinking about joining the national guard. I'm obtaining my flight ratings and wouldn't mind being in the national guard. I attend kent state university and I'm from Cincinnati. National guard seems like a good side job and extra stream of income. Any advice would be appreciated.
Good advice from all. My 2 cents: avoid the temptation of the army guard's high school to flight school (zero to hero) program. The recruiter will try to hook you on a direct pathway to flight school and a rotary wing billet. It's true, you go this route and you'll be a pilot by the time you're 20-21 with no college required. But in the long run if you want to fly for the airlines or even just career fixed wing military, going Army/Army guard is a bad idea. Enlist in the air guard, go get a bachelor's degree, then get a guaranteed job with a fixed wing air guard unit flying C130's or C17's. Best deal there is.
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