National Guard Pay Questions

If you are going to join the National Guard you probably aren’t doing it for the money. That being said, you want to learn as much as you can about National Guard pay before you sign up. This will go a long way in helping you get the best job, and of course, the best pay.

For more information on the National Guard, including pay related details, click here to request a free National Guard careers packet.

Generally speaking, your National Guard pay is based on the number of years you have served along with your rank. On top of this, you may be eligible to receive incentives such as hazardous duty pay.

How much you are paid depends on many factors. With that in mind, you will not earn less than $179 for every weekend that you train with the Guard. Bonuses for becoming an officer differ based on your state. You should check with your local National Guard for more information on the bonus structure. Who knows, you may be able to receive a nice bonus.


Finally, you will receive annual training pay for the two weeks every year that you go through training. Your pay depends on your rank and ranges from $632 for an E-1 Private to $3,356 for an E-9 Sergeant.

Keep in mind that you can entere with a college degree and become a military officer. Earning a college degree has never been easier. Not to mention, the additional pay, the better housing, better jobs and status long after your military career. Becoming a ‘military officer’ has its rewards!

These are just a few of the more common National Guard pay questions. If you have any others, speak with a local recruiter.

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military dot image Calvin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi. I would like to take this time to let the National Guard know that i have been thinking about this for many years and i have made up my mind that i would love to join your guys team and help protect my country and i will do whatever it takes to be apart of this awesome program and i just wanted to say that you guys are the best for protecting my family and others and thats why i want to be apart of it to so if you could email me back it would be appreciated.


military dot image Jonathon Hume    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello. Calvin I have only been in the Guard since Oct. 12 but i joined with the same state of mind you have, and that will make everything so much easier for you. I just want to say thank you for your commitment to serving your country. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


military dot image Dylan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Ever since 9-11 I have been fiercly patriotic. I’m only seventeen but I’ve known this is what I want to do for several years now…Eventually I want to go to SEAL school and become a SEAL, I just dont know where to get started…marines or national guard? help please.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Dylan, lots of articles re BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training). Check out:
http://usmilitary.wpengine.com/16865/how-to-become-a-navy-seal/. You need to do lots of homework if you want to increase your chances of making it through BUDS. Also google ‘USMilitary.com Seals’. Read these articles and email me any remaining questions. My best. Larry BUDS Classs 89


military dot image Dylan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

thanks for the info… ive got two marines coming to talk to me today.. i dont know if they are recruiters or not…im just going to tell them what my plans are.. the only thing that may mess me up is the fact that im getting my GED instead of graduating because im a year behind in school…so you think that will mess me up?


military dot image Andrea    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am wanting to go National Guard as well. The only thing that’s stopping me from going all ready is that my bmi is too much. I’m working out 6 days a week but not really getting the results I want. I mean i’m gaining weight instead of losing it. I’m pretty sure that its where i’m gaining muscle because all my clothes are getting lose on me that once fit me perfect. Any ideas on how to make sure i’m actually losing inches and not just doing all this work without results?


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