Well good luck, hope you figure it out.
All I know about full-time as Guard is it is one of the eligibility requirements for the Housing allowance, $650 a month :)
I’m enlisted, since I’m doing the SMP program, which means I am both enlisted and contracted with ROTC. I won’t have any experience with full-time status or anything for another 3 years. :p
I have no info on that, but good luck and thanks for wishing to serve.
The Guard is a part-time operation as is the reserves. However after basic training you can request to be activated for a year at a time. I am retired USAFR and AD USAF. I was a fly guy we were also known as reserve bums as we flew more missions than the ad folks they were stuck with crew rest requirements but as a reservist we could waive the rest requirements.. My personal suggestion would be to join the ANG Air national Guard they get activated as often as the Army Guard. Beware you do become eligible to go to the sand box in Iraq or Afghanistan upon completion of basic training and tech school......
Check with Arrowhead (been in the TANG since 1973)
Title 10 is active duty.
Many people want to be ‘full time’ National Guard, the only question is, do they want you and are their openings? The states only have a certain number of slots and when they are full, they are full.
The other issue with full time Guard, the higher rank, the less slots that are available. To get promoted at higher ranks, you need a control grade. Sometimes you have to wait until somone retires, quits or dies to get promoted.
Hope this helps.
I don’t know about Texas but in my “state” the AGR (full time) positions are very limited, and they’re not usually handed out or offered to new arrivals. It takes some experience to fill a position that’s usually for unti administrators, staff, instructors, etc.
I’ve been both AGR and M-Day (full and part-time), and usually those in AGR positions hold on to them until they are forced to retire. I was the unusual case that resigned from AGR to return to M-Day.
Title 32 means state controlled active duty but that you will serve your term within the state is not assured. They can very easily pull you from your AGR position and mobilize you at any time just like any other Guardsman.
What sort of Texas Army Guard unit? — Supply and Transport Support Battalion, Medical Unit, etc.
What sort of MOS (Military Occupation Specialty)?
Shooting to be an officer or enlisted?
Plan to try for 20 years or just going in for six?
Do you have an “interruptible” civilian type career or trade — fireman = okay, small business owner where the business dies when you leave for active deployments = not okay.
bolobaby is right. You should present yourself to a fulltime NG admin specialist to determine your answer. Full time Guard positions are called AGR positions (or they were - could’ve changed). To apply for an AGR position, you have to be in the Guard so you’ll have to do basic training and a military occupation skill school, i.e., you enlist.
There used to be a federal jobs digest for the military but I’ve not seen one in a long time. I’ll have to get back to you on this. It may still be published. This digest showed AGR openings by state. It could now all be online rather than a printed version.
I don’t know what city you are in but most places do have a local NG unit. It may not be in the particular specialty that appeals to you but that is a choice you have to make.
You could also call STARC in Austin. State Headquarters, Texas Area Command. Likewise, the 149th Personnel Support Battalion and the 71st Troop Command (both in Austin) will be able to answer your questions. Give them a call.
Hope this helps somewhat. Good luck and thanks for your service.
Title 32 is State and Title 10 is Federal.
First note, once you enlist in any branch of the Federal active reserve forces, you may very well be called upon to serve on active duty with the Army or the Air Force, sooner or later, and these days the active duty is very likely to be one of the overseas expeditionary forces.
The following links may provide you with some insight to the many types of full time military occupations wit the Guard And Reserve military careers.
As others have observed, talk to the present members of the units before seeing the recruiter/s.
Hey, I am in the Arkansas National Guard, the info posted is pretty good. I will throw another one at you, if you cant get on AGR you can be federal technician wear your uniform and paid on the GS scale. that might be a better route for you , more jobs. usually agr is supply,recruiting,training. I have been in the guard 14 years and did 2 tours to Iraq. I have worked for the guard since 2003 as either a contractor,ADSW or a technician. btw what MOS are you going into?