In the Air National Guard, you not only serve your country, but also the community
you call home when it needs the skills and resources that only the Guard can provide. With career and leadership opportunities, healthcare and education benefits, the freedom to choose how you serve, you're able to become the best you in the Air National Guard.
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In- and out-of-state tuition reimbursement up to the rate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, maximum of $18,000 at undergraduate rate and $22,000 at graduate rate per school year and up to 144 semester credits in a lifetime.
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Members who enlist for 6 years, complete tech school & have a high school diploma are eligible to apply for the Chapter 1606. This pays a monthly stipend to members while in school. This pays up to $466 for each full month in school.
The Community College of the Air Force helps airmen achieve their academic goals by using on-the-job training and traditional educational programs to grant military members an Associate's Degree in Applied Science. Partnering with more than 113 affiliated Air Force technical schools, the school has more than 250,000 registered active, guard, and reserve enlisted personnel who are stationed in 37 states and 9 foreign countries. Annually it awards over 22,000 AAS degrees from approximately 71 degree programs.
As a Drill Status Guardsman you'll get paid for attending drill one weekend a month and your annual training two-weeks out of the year. As a new recruit with the rank of E1 your drill pay is approximately $246.28 per month and Annual Training Base Pay is approximately $923.55. That's $3,878+ per year! Keep in mind that you will be promoted throughout your part-time career with the Air National Guard and this will continue to grow.
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Certain career fields may be eligible for cash bonuses upon enlistment.
As a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard you may have the opportunity to become a part of the full-time National Guard force. If that's something you are interested in you can discuss options within your shop with your supervisor upon completion of your initial training.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plan that offers Federal employees the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. By participating in the TSP, Federal employees have the opportunity to save part of their income for retirement, receive matching agency contributions, and reduce their current taxes.
The Blended Retirement System combines elements of the legacy retirement system with benefits similar to those offered in many civilian 401(k) plans. In addition to your own TSP contributions, if you opt into BRS and elect to contribute a portion of your own pay into your TSP account, your service will match up to an additional 4% of your basic pay. No matter how much you contribute of your own pay, you can only receive a maximum contribution from your service of an amount equal to 5% of your basic pay. If you enter service on or after January 1, 2018, you will begin receiving Service Matching Contributions after completing two years of service. Service members who opt into BRS will begin receiving Service Matching Contributions immediately.
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As a Drill Status Guardsman you'll be eligible for TRICARE reserve select.
To learn more about it you can view the TRICARE website here.
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) offers low-cost term coverage to eligible service members from $50,000.00 to $400,000.00. Eligible family members are covered under Family SGLI up to $100,000.
The VA home loan, overseen by the Department of Veterans Affairs, assists active-duty military personnel, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses in buying or refinancing a home. It offers favorable terms, including no down payment requirements and competitive interest rates, while also providing financial protections and support services for qualifying borrowers who have served in the military.
Tax-free shopping and discount goods and services sound like a dream.
As a service member, they are very real. Find tax-free shopping, great
savings and other benefits when you shop at a commissary or military
exchange. To learn more about the benefits provided view this article on
Traditional members of the Minnesota Air National Guard are exempt from
paying state tax on drill weekend pay.