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Recruiting and Retention


Buddy Stripes
(Stripes For Buddies)

The Stripes for Buddies Program is a way for a soldier to earn advancement before reporting to Initial Entry Training (IET). 
This program allows a PV1 to be advanced to PV2 if he/she refers one qualified applicant who enlists.
A PV2 can be advanced to PFC by referring a total of two applicants who enlist (you may include those used for advancement to PV2).


Split Training Option (STO)
** Ideal for High School Juniors and Seniors**

Split Training Option allows juniors to serve in the National Guard without interrupting their education.  You will attend Basic Training (BT) between your HS junior and senior year, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) after graduation and college or trade school the following summer.


1. Applicants must be 17 years of age.
2. Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB).
click here to take a practice ASVAB online
3. Applicants cannot complete both basic training (BT) and advanced individual training (AIT) in the same year because of conflict with school or seasonal employment.

See SSG Katzenstein or SGT Stevens
or call HHC at 814-533-2353

To learn more about what HHC and the PA Army National Guard can offer please visit Team Butler - Pa National Guard Recruiting. Here you will find answers to all of your questions including, college tuition, jobs, and an interactive library.