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Great benefits make the Guard a great deal.

You’ll get a lot out of serving in the National Guard. In addition to the pride of serving your country and community, you’ll learn career skills, earn cash bonuses—on top of your paycheck—and receive educational opportunities you can’t get anywhere else.

Check out these great Guard benefits.


There are a lot of ways to make extra money in the Guard. You can earn big bonuses when you go into one of the Guard’s specialized Cash Bonus jobs. And we've got big incentives for officers and healthcare professionals. Learn more about how you can make the most of your Guard service with our Bonuses.

Guard Pay

As a Soldier, you’ll earn a paycheck for every day you serve. Whether you’ve just shipped to Basic Training, you’re drilling one weekend a month, or you’re attending annual training during the summer—or any time you’re called up to serve—you’ll be getting paid. And every promotion puts more in your check.

Money for College

You can qualify for up to 100% tuition assistance, plus over $300 every month—in your pocket—with the Montgomery G.I. Bill and up to another $350 per month with the Army National Guard Kicker . There are also Student Loan Repayment Programs (SLRP) that can repay up to $50,000 of student loans, for certain career fields. From GED assistance to graduate exam preparation, nobody beats the Guard for education benefits.

Additional Benefits

There’s more! Catch free flights in the continental U.S., enjoy discount shopping privileges at military bases world-wide, qualify for low-cost health coverage and life insurance, and get a home loan through the Veterans Administration. Set yourself up for retirement through the Federal retirement plan. You can see how Guard service really benefits Guard Soldiers.

*Benefits are subject to change; check with your local recruiter for the most up-to-date information