Frequently Asked Questions?


What is the Army National Guard?  We are a reserve component of the Army serving part-time one weekend a month.  We have the special responsibility to respond to state emergencies at home when called upon by the Governor of Hawaii.  We can also be called up by the president such as during 911 and the activated for Iraq and Afghan wars. We play a crucial role in the defense of our state and nation.

What kind of careers do we offer?  We have over 200 careers to choose from.  They vary from administration, construction, medical, aviation, and law enforcement.  Contact a recruiter to what careers are presently open.

What is the pay like?  Go to this link for our military pay scale.  This page has all the different pay scales for the department of defense.

What are the requirements on the ASVAB and physical?  You must take an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and score a minimum of 31.  You also have to pass a medical examination that includes a height weight requirement.  Please go to this link to see what the requirements for your age and sex are. Army Weight Control Program AR 600-9.

When will I have to go to basic training?  You must attend basic training within 360 days of your enlistment.  Most individuals leave for training within 90 days but can also leave earlier.  Training is conducted all through the year with peak training occurring during the summer.  There is a break in training around the holidays usually from 16 Dec-4 January, this is called exodus.

How long is the contract?  Most enlistment contracts are either a 3×5 and 6×2 which means that you serve 3 or 6 years on active reserve status meaning you are required to attend your annual drills and 2 weeks of annual training and 5 or 2 years of inactive status.  Meaning you don’t have to attend drill but can be called up if there is a need for more personnel.

Where is Army basic training?  Basic training is conducted at 5 different locations.  They are Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Sill Oklahoma, Fort Knox Kentucky and Fort Benning Georgia.  There are certain factors that determine which training base you attend basic training.  Most female recruits attend either Fort Leonard Wood Missouri or Fort Jackson South Carolina.  However in some instances they do attend the other training bases.  Your Advanced Individual Training (AIT) which is your job training can be through out the nation after basic training.  For example if your job is in the medical field your AIT will be at Fort Sam Houston Texas.  If your job is Intelligence your training will be at Fort Huachuca Arizona.

What education benefits do I get for serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard?  You may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill Quicker, Federal Tuition Assistance, State Tuition Assistance, Student Loan Repaymenent of up to $50,000, and Simultaneous Membership Program stipends, ROTC scholarships.

When do I start getting paid?  You will receive pay for any drills you perform such as at the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP) and receive full time pay once you ship off to basic training.

What rank will come in as?  Several factors affect what rank you come in as such as college credits, college degree, Junior ROTC participation, being an Eagle Scout, Civil Air Patrol participation, receiving a foreign college degree after its evaluated.

How can I prepare for basic training?  The best preparation is running, doing push up, and sit ups.  Also attending the Recruit Sustainment Program after enlisting in the Hawaii Army National Guard.  Learning your general orders, the Soldier’s Creed, and the Army Values.

What kinds of things will I learn in traininig?  How do I become an officer?  Where is your office located?  What is your phone number?  What is the minimum education requirements?  What is the Height/Weight Standards?  What if I have outstanding tickets?  Can I join as a single parent?  What is the tattoo policy?  Who is my recruiter in Ewa Beach?  Do I have to deploy?  How often do I have to deploy?  Can girls be sent to the front lines?  What is the Hair policy for females?

What is the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP)? RSP will be your introduction to Basic Combat Training (BCT) and will get you started and keep you on track mentally, physically and emotionally.  Its all about preparation and you will see the rewards and benefits of this program when you attend basic training.  There are 5 phases to RSP

  • Red Phase-
  • White Phase
  • Blue Phase
  • Green Phase
  • Gold Phase

I was medically disqualified from another branch can I still join the Hawaii Army National Guard?  Most of the process is the same at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)  such as the ASVAB and medical exam.  If you were disqualified at MEPS and a waiver was recommended however the branch you  were processing with did not approve it, does not mean that it makes you ineligible to apply with the Hawaii Army National Guard.  Contact a recruiter to determine if you might be eligible to apply.

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