Timber Creek High School graduates SPC Jeff Johnson (2008) and SPC Randy Pearce (2005) and PFC Stephen Bordi (2009) salute during the National Anthem at the start of the annual rivalry against Triton High School in Runnemede.
A real commitment
Joining the military is a big decision. Service in the Army National Guard involves commitment and sacrifice, both for the soldier and their families. The purpose of this website is to provide current information so that you and your son or daughter can make an informed decision. That’s important, because a successful soldier has to have the support of their loved ones.
Real Experience. Better Jobs. With today's job market as competitive as ever it can be difficult for young adults to gain a competitive advantage. You want your child to have the best chance at a good start in a good career. Guard service will give them the real-world experience, confidence, and job skills he or she needs to get ahead. Whether it is money to pay for school or actually finding a career with the New Jersey Army National Guard, we can give young adults the tools for a successful career path.
By accomplishing a challenge through self-determination your child will stand a bit taller because they know they have what it takes to succeed in today's world. Your child can earn a healthy supplemental income serving in the Guard gaining in both financial stability and self-esteem. If you feel like your child is searching for that extra challenge in their life discuss with them the benefits that the New Jersey Army National Guard can provide. The Guard may just be the answer they have been looking for. Make sure to contact your local recruiter to find out more information.
Can the Guard help with college?
New Jersey Army National Guard members can attend any New Jersey state college or university 100% tuition free. We also have several other incentives such as the Montgomery GI Bill, Federal Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Repayment that can help defray the cost of college.
With a commitment of only one weekend a month plus two weeks of training in the summer, your son or daughter will be earning a degree, earning Guard pay and experience, and taking a huge bite out of their college costs.
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 Guard and in civilian life.
How will joining the Guard help them get a job?
With several career fields and over 100 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 a job - we pay them to learn skills like leadership, team building and self-discipline that will serve them in any career.
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 Guard training to land a good civilian job and bring home a second paycheck for part-time Guard service.
Your son or daughter will be serving with other Soldiers in related career fields in their own community here in New Jersey. And they will 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?
Your son or daughter will be in the best physical shape and be equipped to tackle even the toughest challenges. By attending the Guard's Recruit Sustainment Program, they will have a good idea what to expect at Basic Training Basic Training. And many students actually do much better in school after completing their training. You'll see the skills and priorities they learn - like discipline and motivation - help them develop as individuals, team players and strong leaders.
By showing an interest in serving, your son or daughter is telling you 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?
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 weekend training takes place with a unit close to the Soldier’s home, work, or school. And while Guard troops can be called up to serve overseas, they are more often mobilized to assist during domestic emergencies or natural disasters here in New Jersey.