The Air National Guard offers part-time military career opportunities for people interested in serving their country while staying close to their loved ones. If you’re going to school while you serve, you will be required to work just one weekend per month and two weeks per year.
If you’re interested in joining the Air National Guard, your recruiter will ask you to complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). This test has nine sections, but only results from the Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge sections are used to calculate an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score that determines if you’re eligible for military service.
Air National Guard AFQT requirements are the same as the requirements for the Air Force and Air Force Reserve. You must have a minimum AFQT score of 36 in order to qualify for enlistment if you have a high school diploma. However, higher AFQT scores will make you a much more desirable candidate. Over 70 percent of all Air Force National Guard recruits have AFQT scores of 50 or higher. Qualifying as Category I (93-99) or Category II (65-92) recruit will give you the best chances of success in your military career.
If you’ve been dreaming about a career in the Air Force, graduating from high school should be your top priority. The Air National Guard requires a minimum AFQT score of 65 if you have a GED instead of a traditional high school diploma, and only 0.5 percent of recruits that are accepted each year meet this criteria. However, if you earn at least 15 college credits after receiving your GED, you’ll be evaluated using the same criteria as someone who has a traditional high school diploma.
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