- What is
armor? Armor in one word, is TANKS!
Our Armor Battalion uses the "state of the
art" M1 Abrams Tank.
- How long is
Well, that depends. Your basic training will be 9 weeks
long. You AIT or advanced individual training will depend on the MOS
(military occupational specialty) that you choose. For instance an
armor crewman will attend BCT and AIT at Ft Knox, KY. Your training
will last approximately 15 weeks there.
- Where will
my training be held?
That also depends on the type of specialty or MOS that
you choose. You could go to Ft. Benning, GA or Ft. Leonardwood, MO
or one of the many others.
- Will I be
paid during training?
YES. During your training you will receive your pay
through direct deposit. It would be a good idea to set up a savings
account or checking account before you leave or you can create one
when you get there.
- Will I be
able to call home during my training?
Normally, phone calls are for emergencies. Soldiers can
earn special phone call privileges, too.
- How is the
National Guard dealing with sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is unacceptable and has no place in today's or
tomorrow's Army National Guard. The Army National Guard maintains a
zer0-tolerance stance pertaining to sexual harassment or misconduct,
and charges all soldiers to report any violation of this policy.
- How do I
notify my son or daughter in the event of an emergency?
Immediately notify your local Red Cross Chapter with pertinent
information, and they will arrange to contact your loved one.
Additionally, make sure your soldier leaves his or her unit phone
number with you before leaving for BCT.
my new soldier attend college while in the Army National Guard?
Yes. The Army National Guard believes that education is one of
the keys to a successful future. And the Army National guard has an
educational benefits program that can help, as well. Serving one
weekend a month and two weeks in the summer with the Army National
Guard will give your new soldier the time to go to college fulltime.
will he or she get home from BCT?
The government provides for travel home, just as they provided
for travel to BCT.
can I do to assist my son or daughter during BCT?
The best thing you can do is write as many positive letters as
possible, as often as possible. Soldiers look forward to daily mail
- How long do
I have to join for?
A: You have the option of joining for 3 to 8 years.
However, if you want to be eligible for our educational benefit
programs, a 6-year enlistment is required. All first enlistments
contracts are for 8 years (6 years of drills, 2 years of inactive).
- What are my
attendance requirements when I enlist?
You must attend basic training (same one as active duty).
You must attend job skill training (Advanced Individual Training or
AIT). The length of this will vary depending upon what job you have
selected. After you have completed these two things, you must attend
39 days per year (one weekend per month and a two-week annual
training). Sometimes it will a 3-day weekend (Friday night,
Saturday, and Sunday). Of course, you will be paid more then.
- How much
will I make on a weekend drill?
$134.08 for a two-day drill weekend to start.
- How much
will I make while I'm away at basic training and AIT?
$1,005.60 per month for each month of training.
- When will I
begin making money with the Army National Guard?
You can begin drilling in pay status 9 months prior to
going to basic training.
- What will I
do at drills before I go to basic training?
You will be trained on basic soldiering skills, such as
learning to march, how to wear the uniform, disassembly and
reassembly of the M-16 rifle, first aid, and other tasks you will
have at basic.
If you have any further
questions, please feel free to email us or call HHC at 814-533-2353.