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The Pennsylvania National Guard is composed of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. It is one of the largest National Guards in the nation. It has the largest Army National Guard of all the states and the fourth largest Air National Guard. These forces are respective components of the United States Army and Air Force. The state air and ground national guard forces are governed through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap.
The Guard has a unique dual mission, with both federal and state responsibilities. During peacetime, Guard forces are commanded by the governor through a State Adjutant General. The governor can call the Guard into action during local or state-wide emergencies such as storms, drought, and civil disturbances. In addition, the President of the United States can activate the National Guard to participate in federal missions. Examples of this are the many Guard units deploying to participate in operations all over the world to include: Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Germany, Kosovo, etc.
PA National Guard (federal) offices and program include:
Counterdrug Joint Task Force (Includes Northeast Counterdrug Training Center),
DEERS / RAPIDS ID Office,
Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP),
The Pennsylvania Army National Guard has physical, academic and legal qualifications. You must be in good health and have no major physical handicaps. The minimum age to join the National Guard is 17. Persons under age 18 must obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian. You must be either currently in high school, seeking a GED, or have a high school diploma. You must also obtain a minimum qualifying score on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery exam although some exceptions apply. Finally, you must have no major criminal convictions. This information is only a basic outline of the qualifications. Before enlisting you will be receive a detailed medical examination and background check.
Contact a local Guard recruiter either by telephone or by sending us your contact information. You can also call 1-800-Go-Guard.
If you previously served in the military, please contact your local recruiter.
Physical Site Address 1
Bldg S-0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap
Physical Site City, State, Zip
Annville, PA 17003
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text Get Help NOW to 838255