Countries may face major threats and dangers at times, and for that reason, they need a select group of people that can help preserve the safety and order in the nation, and at the same time, ward off the enemies and help those in need. A National Guard for homeland security is that defensive component we are looking for.
In the United States, the National Guard serves as military reserves under the US Armed Forces. They are expected to respond promptly in any domestic emergency and lead in safeguarding homeland security. Many of the US National Guards are part-time National Guard members and have full-time civilian jobs. They can be activated by their state Governor when needed.
If you want to join the National Guard, there is a set of criteria that you have to meet.
1. You must be between 17 and 47 years old. Those that fall outside this age range, but have served in the U.S. military before or possess professional specialized skills, can also apply. Those that are under 18 years old are required to submit their parent’s or legal guardian’s consent.
2. You have to be a citizen of the United States or be a legal U.S. permanent resident cardholder.
3. You should be either currently attending high school or have finished high school and hold a diploma/certificate or GED.
4. You need to go through and pass a medical examination, including a drug test, to see if you are fit to perform all the duties of a National Guard member.
5. You should not have any criminal record.
6. You must take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) examination and get a passing score.
Becoming a National Guard homeland security member offers various benefits. Even if you work for only a small amount of hours each month, you receive substantial pay and may also qualify for special bonuses.