Air National Guard Benefits & How to Join

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Airman Vision sat down with TSgt Andre Acosta of the California Air National Guard to answer some questions that you guys have asked when we asked for questions pertaining to joining the Air National Guard and serving in the Air National Guard. The Air National Guard is also referred to as the Air Guard at times too. We asked Technical Sergeant Acosta several questions that range from how do you join to where can you be stationed in the Air National Guard and how often do you work in the Air Guard?

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If you are interested in a specific question scroll down further in this description box for all the chapters with timestamps based on the Air National Guard questions we asked.

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0:00:00 – Air National Guard Recruiter Q&A Intro
0:00:31 – Air National Guard Recruiter Introduction
0:02:51 – Q&A with Air National Guard Recruiter
0:03:07 – What is the Air National Guard Mission?
0:03:46 – Can you choose your base in the Air National Guard?
0:04:45 – Do you get to pick your job in the Air National Guard?
0:10:28 – Doing a job tour in the Air National Guard
0:12:08 – What is the contract length for Air National Guard?
0:14:48 – How do you join the Air National Guard?
0:16:05 – Do you get a Military ID in the Air National Guard
0:18:16 – Can you choose when you go to BMT in the Air National Guard?
0:22:09 – Can you choose when you go to Tech School in the Air National Guard?
0:27:05 – Can you pick your drill weekend in the Air National Guard?
0:30:01 – Can you choose when you do your 2 weeks of training in the ANG
0:31:36 – How do promotions work in the Air National Guard?
0:33:23 – How often does the Air National Guard deploy?
0:39:40 – Can you serve your drill weekend at another base in the ANG?
0:44:09 – Does the Air National Guard work around my schedule?
0:46:36 – Can you change bases in the Air National Guard?
0:48:07 – Can you change bases in the ANG even if the base doesn’t have your job?
0:49:29 – Can join the Air National Guard in a different state than where you live?
0:53:14 – Can you join the Air National Guard with a Green Card?
0:54:28 – Does joining the Air National Guard expedite my citizenship?
0:55:47 – How easy is it to go full time in the Air National Guard?
1:00:02 – What is the process of going from Active Duty to the Air National Guard
1:05:25 – Why should you join the Air National Guard?
1:07:16 – Contact Air National Guard Recruiter
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    Posted at 13:14h, 23 March

    If you do a 4 year reservist contract, are you ineligible for the VA home loan program? My research has lead me to believe you'd not be eligible.

  • Andrew Christopher
    Posted at 13:15h, 23 March


  • Manny Vega Nieves
    Posted at 13:29h, 23 March

    Awesome video, and this is very important information. I have two friends who are deciding between Air National Guard or Active Duty, and this video would help in their decision making

  • Air Force Reserve Recruiting Sgt Marcus Walker
    Posted at 14:02h, 23 March

    I’m next to talk reserve?

  • W B
    Posted at 14:07h, 23 March

    Wow he been in 18 years. I thought he was in his late 20s

  • AGStarr Wills
    Posted at 14:47h, 23 March

    Thanks Kyle and TSgt Acosta. Information great for those youngsters interested in joining any service, whether active or inactive. As a long time veteran who served in active AF then ANG. My situation is different as I was raised asa child of both Active and Inactive. 1972-1997, MSgt to Captain. First AFSC was 904xx, Medical Laboratory Specialist, then graduated with my BSN RN and was commissioned. Nice part my dad said wore me in both times. He joined AF/ANG after AF was formed in Sept 1948. He was what they called Civil Service, wore uniform daily, 40 years bothenlisted E1 to E9. Then commissioned in 1961, retired as O6. Civil service has become AGR status. Good luck to those who join the 1 percenters, as a female I did not find it difficult, but my being a AF child may have altered my experiences.

  • Antoine Barr
    Posted at 14:58h, 23 March

    Thank you for providing this. It is so hard to find information on the Air National Guard…

  • Andrew Wright
    Posted at 15:06h, 23 March

    PLEASE do a palace front/ palace chase video. My contract is up middle of 2022 and would thoroughly enjoy the information.

  • Sgt. Major Skull
    Posted at 15:31h, 23 March

    I went into the Air National Guard afterwards and I would recommend it, for prior-service and non-prior to go directly into.

  • John Lee
    Posted at 15:49h, 23 March

    Fresno 144th FW is my hometown ANG. I'm still on active duty Army

  • TDav
    Posted at 16:56h, 23 March

    Most of this info seems interchangeable with the AF Reserves but it would be super helpful if you did this with a AF Reserves recruiter too! Very informative

  • D.
    Posted at 18:23h, 23 March

    Good video

  • Spare Scratch
    Posted at 21:22h, 23 March

    You didn't mention this but those who have a BREAK IN TRAINING in the guard and have to go back to tech school there is a mandatory 14 day quarantine that's what happen to some people at my tech school at Keesler. If covid cases go way down better manage someday than its possible this rule may not apply.

  • Stevie Ray
    Posted at 23:37h, 23 March

    As an active duty member, this is an extremely helpful interview to help broaden my options for the future. So thank you Kyle for making it happen. Also, the timestamps are the cherry on top! Well done

  • Ben Allen
    Posted at 00:19h, 24 March

    We need BMY2k21 lol 🔥👀

  • Phillip Libanan
    Posted at 01:55h, 24 March

    This is great. I’m joining the ANG for Nevada. Definitely good info.

  • Lucas T
    Posted at 03:36h, 24 March

    wow my question got in!!

  • bb818usa
    Posted at 03:54h, 26 March

    Wow….great video.