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When you join the Guard, you create a world where goals are within your grasp. It’s not easy, but you’ll overcome whatever challenge is laid out before you.
Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime, and earn pride for life. When you become a Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country will thank you and your future will owe you.
Joining the Washington Army National Guard gives you more than just the pride that comes from serving your country. You can earn benefits to help pay for your education and expenses, and you can complete your education while you serve. The Washington Army National Guard offers many programs for every type of student, whether you're still in high school, attending college, or working toward a vocational certification.
Your exciting future offers huge benefits—and may also include a massive bonus. Enlistment bonuses are available for new recruits, prior service members, and transitioning active-duty Soldiers, as well as Guard Soldiers looking to reenlist. And the only thing that’s between you and knowing if you’re eligible is a conversation with your recruiter.
Guard members may be eligible for home loans from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with little to no down payment. VA loans make buying a home more affordable and are available for home purchases and refinances. A VA loan eliminates the homebuyer's need to make a down payment and purchase private mortgage insurance for homes up to $484,350.
Low-cost life insurance plans are available for Guard members and their families. TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan available worldwide for qualified Selected Reserve members of the Ready Reserve and their families. Low-cost life insurance plans are available for Guard members and their families. For Guard members, there's the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI), which provides coverage 24/7.
You probably won't be thinking about retirement for many years, but think about this: The Guard can continue to pay you every month if you have 20 years of service while serving in the Guard by age 60 (including service in other branches). And considering that retirement will probably mean time to travel, play, or even start a second business, financial security would be a nice part of your plan.
Members of the Washington Army National Guard may be eligible for a free annual licensing package that includes a big-game license (deer, elk, bear, and cougar with tags) and a small game license with a migratory bird permit.