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California Army National Guard

Employment Opportunities

Orange County Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the County of Orange, is pleased to offer a new hiring initiative with the Army National Guard. Through this initiative, interested individuals have access to career opportunities with Army National Guard and career services offered through the Orange County One-Stop Center (OC One-Stop), such as:

 

  • Unparalleled experiences with Army National Guard

  • Skills to last a lifetime with career pathways leading to economic self-sufficiency

  • OC One-Stop offers free workshops on resume writing, interviewing techniques and 21st century career skills

  • Free access to technology through the One-Stop Resource Room such as computers, internet, telephone, copier, fax machines, labor market information and much more

The Army National Guard is community-based and reports to the governor of their respective state unless called to protect U.S. domestic interests in times of conflict or natural disaster. They may also be deployed internationally alongside active-duty service members when necessary. Members of the National Guard hold full-time civilian jobs and/or attend school while conducting their military training part-time.

From making friends you can lean on to developing cutting-edge technology and skills that will last a lifetime, the opportunities available in today’s military are unmatched.

BENEFITS BY THE NUMBERS

 
  • Money for college

    • Cap of $4000 per year available for a combination of the following: 

      • Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

      • Credentials earned through the Army's COOL program: licensures, certifications, apprenticeships
         

    • Montgomery GI Bill benefits

      • Receive $397 per month for full-time enrollment, up to 36 months, in any of the Department of Veteran Affairs educational assistance programs 

      • An additional $200 per month, if qualified, through the GI Bill kicker
         

    • CA GI Bill benefits

      • Up to 4 years of Cal Grants through the CA GI Bill to cover tuition and fees, housing allowances, books and supplies stipend and more
         

    • Up to $50,000 available through the Student Loan Repayment Program
       

    • Earn transferrable college credit for training received in the Army National Guard
       

    • DANTES programs

      • Free academic and college credit equivalency exams such as ACT, SAT, GMAT, GRE, CLEP, PRAXIS

  • Paid skills training
     

  • Limited full-time opportunities:

    • Active duty in the National Guard for operational support missions

    • Volunteering for deployments
       

  • Expedited path towards citizenship for U.S. Permanent Residents

    • Naturalization fees are waived for the Army National Guard
       

  • Access to affordable healthcare for you and your family

    • Low-cost life insurance plans are available for Guard members and their families: approx. $8/month per $100k of coverage, up to $400k

  • A Federal Retirement Plan allowing you to prepare for life after service
     

  • Enlistment bonus up to $12,500 for eligible and qualified applicants

  • VA Home Loans Program

    • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can help you get into your own house with lower interest rates, little to $0 down payment, and no private mortgage insurance

For more information:

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“BETWEEN USING STATE AND FEDERAL MONEY FROM THE MILITARY AND THE GI BILL, I HAVEN’T REALLY PAID ANYTHING  FOR COLLEGE MYSELF."

- SPC. JAUNTAVIA PRATHER, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

REQUIREMENTS

 

Between the ages of 17 and 35 (possible waiver up to 40; 17 with parental consent)

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

(DACA or other undocumented are not eligible)

At least a junior in high school or have high school diploma/GED certificate or 15 semester credit hours at an accredited post-secondary institution

Achieved the minimum score on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test

Meet medical, physical, and moral requirements

Contract lengths:

  • 3 years

  • 6 years

CAREERS

 
  • Human Resources Specialist

  • Combat Engineer

  • Cannon Crewmember

  • Helicopter Mechanic

  • Signal Support System Specialist

  • Multichannel TX System Operator

  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic

  • Motor Transport Operator

  • Petroleum Supply Specialist

  • Water Treatment Specialist

  • Food Service Specialist

  • Intel Analyst

  • Geospatial Engineer

  • Horizontal Construction Engineer

  • Cavalry Scout

  • Paralegal Specialist

  • Religious Affairs Specialist

  • Medical Logistics Specialist

  • Supply Specialist

  • Radio Equipment Repairer

120+

career choices available

HOW TO APPLY

 
  1. Fill out the interest form below with your first and last name, email, and phone number

  2. Click 'Submit'

  3. You will be sent an invitation to attend a Zoom orientation hosted by the California National Guard

  4. After the orientation, a representative from the California National Guard will follow up with you

INTEREST FORM

 

*All fields are required

Thank you for your interest

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FAQ

 

National Guard Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.nationalguard.com/guard-faqs

National Guard Parent Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.nationalguard.com/parents-faqs

How to Join Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.nationalguard.com/how-to-join

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Sat & Sun: Closed

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If you are looking for more information about the Orange County Veterans Service Office, please visit www.veterans.ocgov.com.

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