Take a path with purpose. Be part of something bigger than yourself.
The Pennsylvania National Guard is more than just a job. As a PA Guard Soldier you'll respond when disaster strikes at home. You'll also answer the call when your country needs you around the world. This is our unique dual mission–serving both community and country. Make it your mission today.
Physical and mental toughness are just the basic requirements. This is about commitment. A commitment to yourself. A commitment to those around you. A commitment to make a difference, help those in need and be a keeper of the American dream.
It takes drive—the kind that doesn’t fade when impossible obstacles are staring you in the face. It takes mitigation, teamwork and the will to achieve something bigger. If you’re looking for something more, the PA Guard is looking for you.
To join the Pennsylvania National Guard without prior service, you must meet these mandatory requirements:
Be between the ages of 17 and 35
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
Achieve a minimum score on the ASVAB test
Meet medical, physical and moral requirements
CHOOSE A PATH WITH PURPOSE
Your opportunity is here. With over 130 positions available in the PA Guard, your choice to serve comes with options. You can choose a Guard career that teaches you marketable skills that translate to civilian jobs, or you can enter a career that offers an experience beyond anything the civilian world can imagine.
Whichever career you choose, people will see you differently. They will look to you in times of need, when disaster strikes and when the country calls. You are a Pennsylvania National Guard Soldier, and home is yours to protect. That is your calling and your purpose. The question is: What is your specialty? Explore now.
When you join the Pennsylvania National Guard, you create a world where goals are within your grasp. It’s not easy, but you’ll overcome whatever challenge is laid out before you.
Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime and earn pride for life. When you become a Pennsylvania National Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country will thank you and your future will owe you.
20k sign on bonus if qualified for select jobs
-$7716 a year to any PA accredited school
-$384 a month when enrolled college
(if eligible, receive an additional $350)
$45,000 in student loan repayment