For Parents and Mentors
Resources for Parents and Mentors from the Washington National Guard
Some say that behind every great nation are those who serve it. However, we know that directly behind them are the parents, teachers and mentors.
By selecting to serve in the Washington Army National Guard, your sons, daughters and students will choose a path of honor that will positively impact their lives and careers. The Guard has a multitude of part-time positions as well as state-of-the-art training designed to equip individuals with real-world career skills. The Washington Army National Guard also offers various college incentives, allowing your son or daughter to pursue education while earning competitive pay one weekend-a-month. In addition to education and career incentives, the Guard extends many federal benefits to its members and their families, such as: life insurance, low-cost health and dental insurance, access to tax-free shopping and recreational facilities.
Please contact your local recruiter for additional information.
It's only natural to be concerned any time your child makes important choices about their future. But we think you will see that the Washington Army National Guard can be one of the best steps your son or daughter can take.
Can the Washington Army National Guard help with college?
- We can pay up to 100% of your child's tuition.
Through multiple education benefits, the Guard can cover up to 100% of college tuition. Your child may also qualify for additional monies each month for expenses with the Montgomery GI Bill. There are also Guard scholarships to help pay for school.
- Your child can serve while they're in school.
With a commitment of one weekend a month plus two weeks of training in the summer, your son or daughter will be achieving a degree, earning Guard pay and life experience, while taking a huge bite out of their college costs.
- Guard Soldiers are often better students.
Many young people actually do better in college after they have been through Guard training and gained additional discipline and maturity. This translates into better time management skills, better grades and better opportunities after graduation—both in the Washington Army National Guard and in civilian life.
How will joining the Washington Army National Guard help them get a job?
- The Washington Army National Guard teaches valuable job skills.
With several career fields and over 150 job specialties to choose from, your child will have no trouble finding a job specialty that fits their passion. And we don't just give them jobs—we pay them to learn skills like leadership, team building and self-discipline that will serve them in any career.
- Your child can work and serve in the Washington Army National Guard at the same time.
With the Guard’s typical schedule of one weekend a month plus two weeks of training in the summer, Soldiers can easily maintain a civilian job while they serve. That means they can use their Washington Army National Guard training to land a good civilian job and bring home a second paycheck for part-time Guard service.
- The Washington Army National Guard gives Soldiers an opportunity to network and earn benefits.
Your son or daughter will be serving with other Soldiers in related career fields in their own community and state. They'll also be eligible for benefits like health and life insurance, discount shopping privileges on base, VA home loans and much more.
How do I know if my child is ready?
- We will equip every Soldier physically and mentally.
Your son or daughter will be in the best physical shape and be equipped to tackle even the toughest challenges. By attending the Washington Army National Guard's Recruit Sustainment Program, they'll have a good idea what to expect at Basic Training . And many students actually do much better in school after completing their training. You'll see how the skills and priorities they learn—like discipline and motivation—help them develop as individuals, team players and strong leaders.
- Your child may be asserting their independence.
By showing an interest in serving, your son or daughter is telling you that they are ready to spread their wings. It may be tough to let them go, but with your support and the Guard’s training, they will make you proud.
What about my child's safety?
- The Washington Army National Guard trains Soldiers to take care of themselves.
Washington Army National Guard Soldiers train alongside active duty troops. They learn the same combat skills, and use the same weapons and techniques. In other words, every Soldier is physically and mentally prepared for the challenge. And as their skills develop, they can qualify for specialized schools. From challenges like Airborne or Ranger school to language, leadership and management courses, the Guard will help your child develop strength, character and self reliance.
- Most Washington Army National Guard training and deployments occur near home.
Most weekend training takes place with a unit close to the Soldier’s home. And while Guard troops can be called up to serve overseas, they're more often mobilized to assist during domestic emergencies or natural disasters in or near the Soldier’s home state.
For more answers, check out the Additional Questions page, or talk to a recruiter.
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