To qualify for enlistment into the National Guard, you need to:
- Be between the ages of 17 and 35* (must enlist before your 35th birthday), unless you have prior U.S. military service, certain linguistic skills or a specialized professional skill, such as a chaplain, lawyer or certain medical specialties
- Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident alien
- Meet necessary medical requirements and moral requirements
You have to have at least a GED or be able to obtain one. If you're still in high school, you may be eligible for the Split Training Option, which lets you join while you finish your senior year. And if you've left high school short of graduating, the Guard's GED Plus program can help you earn your GED and become eligible for enlistment. Your recruiter has more information.
Before enlisting in the Guard, you'll be required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (or ASVAB). This important aptitude test measures your knowledge in eight areas, including math, science, word knowledge, electronics, mechanics and auto/shop skills. It will help you find the Guard career best suited to your strengths—the one where you’ll fit best and be most likely to succeed.
If you've looked through the items listed above and it appears that you'd be a good candidate for the Guard, there are a few steps you’ll need to take in order to enlist.
- Contact a representative - You start the process by clicking on the "Contact us" tab and letting a Utah Army National Guard representative know you have questions. No obligation, no guarantees—it’s just a way of letting us know that you want to find out more.
- Take the ASVAB - If you and your Utah Army National Guard representative agree that you’re a good fit for the Utah Army National Guard, you can arrange to take your ASVAB test.
- Enlist –Once you’ve determined that you want to become a Soldier in the Utah Army National Guard, you’re ready to enlist. At this point, you’ll:
- Schedule a physical examination with one of our doctors
- Lock in your ship date for Basic Combat Training (BCT)
- Confirm the job that you’ve selected
- Approve any benefits and bonuses
- Take your Oath of Enlistment