Any college students in the National Guard?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 99MustangGTman, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. 99MustangGTman macrumors 6502

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    Thinking about joining the National Guard, but I am a full time student. I have been reading up on the National Guard website, but I am still confused about how things work.

    So do I go once a weekend a month to serve?

    Exactly how does the whole process work?

    Technically classes don't start for me until the 30th of March. (Ohio State has trimesters) So would I go to basic training some part of of the summer, then once school starts back up in the fall I would still take one weekend out of my month to serve?

    I would like to serve my country, but I still want to get a college education uninterrupted.

    Thanks for answering any questions I have, I would like to get questions answered by people who have experience with this before I talk to a recruiter.

    -Ray
     
  2. PCsucks macrumors member

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    sup i think it is like two weekends in a year or something like that there is a book out their called The last true story i'll ever tell by john crawford it is similar to your situation you should read it
     
  3. 99MustangGTman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Based on what i've heard it is better to join after school since it will take a lot out of my college.
     
  4. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    If you do join, look into doing ROTC at school. I'm not clear on the details, since I'm not in the Army, but I think it's possible for you to be in the National Guard, join ROTC, and commission as an officer after graduation. And, you'll be non-deployable as a ROTC cadet.
     
  5. PCsucks macrumors member

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    wait do want to do this so it will pay for college cause i heard they pay for your college for a few weekends a year
     
  6. Andrew07 macrumors 6502

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    My friend who is in the National Guard is returning this week from a year and a half deployment in Afghanistan. He was not in college at the time of his enlistment. Be sure and do your research before signing up, as the "every-other-weekend" rule is only applicable during peacetime.
     

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