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What It Takes

When it comes to joining the National Guard, knowing where to start your research may seem daunting. Don’t worry — we’re here to help. The first steps to considering service include understanding the National Guard’s basic entrance requirements, exploring the different Service branches and deciding what you want your future to be.

what the national guard is like

The Oregon Army National Guard is in the top 20 largest organizations in the state of Oregon. However, it is increasingly difficult to be eligible. In fact, only one in five individuals are even qualified for entrance in to our organization. Of that 20% of the population roughly 3% have the intestinal fortitude to join. In order to pre-qualify for the Oregon National Guard you must meet the following requirements:

View Basic Requirements

  1. Age – 17-34
  2. Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
  3. Meet certain height and weight or body fat percentage requirements
  4. Meet certain medical criteria
  5. Moral – All fines paid and cases closed
    1. Traffic tickets – no problem
    2. Minor non-traffic infractions – Usually not a problem
    3. Misdemeanors – Most misdemeanors we can work with
    4. Felonies – very few felonies we can work
  6. Minimum educational requirements
    1. High School Diploma
    2. G.E.D.
    3. College Credits with no diploma or G.E.D: 15 semester hours or 22 quarter hours
    4. Undergraduate Degrees or above are welcome and may earn an initial promotion
    5. Job Corps Completion with G.E.D.
  7. Tattoo’s
    1. Current tattoo policy prohibits tattoos on the hands, neck, face and head, and anything that is deemed racist, sexist, extremist, or indecent.
    2. If you have questions about your tattoo’s on your hands, neck, face or head, contact a recruiter as tattoo waivers are approved on a case by case basis
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The Steps Are Easy.

  1. Contact a recruiter to set up an Initial Appointment where you will go over the features of the Guard and how they can benefit you.

Gather up all the required documentation and fill out the application packet.

Set up a time to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. You will most likely take this at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Portland.

Work with your recruiter about YOU CHOOSING the job you want. You must qualify for the job and there must be an opening.

Set up a time after the ASVAB to take the physical. Oftentimes the day following the ASVAB, still at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Portland.

Once you’ve completed the application, taken the ASVAB and passed the physical you’ll be ready to swear in and officially join the Oregon Army National Guard. Make sure you have your family and loved ones present to watch you take the Oregon State Oath of Enlistment. And bring cameras!