NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Since 1636, the citizen-soldiers of the Army National Guard have defended the homeland and fought the nation’s wars. Soldiers in the Army National Guard traditionally serve one weekend a month and perform a two week annual training in order to prepare for these vital missions.

Explore your path to honor. Contact your local recruiter to choose from a variety of military job skills and learn about the following enlistment options.

• Non-Prior Service
• Prior Service
• College First
• Active First
• GED Plus
• Civilian Acquired Skills
• Split Training Option
• State Officer Candidate School
• Warrant Officer Candidate School
• ROTC Simultaneous Member
• Native/Heritage Speaker
• Try-One in the Guard for Prior Service

As a member of the Army National Guard, you are part of the mission of the Guard, serving and protecting your country and local community.

For this commitment and dedication, soldiers in the Army National Guard may be eligible for numerous financial and education incentives as listed below.

• 100% free tuition for undergraduate and graduate studies at any New Jersey state college or university (see list of schools ).
• Federal tuition assistance for private and out-of-state schools.
• Student loan repayment for qualifying federally insured loans.
• Montgomery GI Bill which pays a tax free monthly stipend to college students and students enrolled in technical schools.
• Enlistment and reenlistment bonuses. Ask your recruiter about current bonus amounts.
• Guard Recruiting Assistance Program which pays Guard members $2,000 for each new recruit that enlists.
• Monthly part-time paycheck.
• Retirement pay and benefits.


• Tuition Free College
• Community Service
• Additional Income
• Montgomery GI Bill
• College Level Exams
• Space Available Travel
• Student Loan Repayment
• Private Beach Facilities
• Post Exchange Privileges
• State Parks Parking Pass
• Low Cost Dental Benefits
• Officer Candidate School
• Low Cost Life Insurance
• Commissary Privileges
• Low Cost Medical Insurance
• Leadership Skills
• Cash Bonuses
• Strong Entry on Resume
• Free Hunting Licenses
• Free Fishing Licenses
• Retirement Benefits
• Technical Training
• West Point Prep
• VHA/VA Assistance for Qualified Home Buyers
• Federal Credit Union
• Shades of Green Resort at WDW

Our 100% free tuition program is available at the following New Jersey state colleges and universities:

Atlantic Cape Community College
Bergen Community College
Brookdale Community College
Burlington County College
Camden County College
The College of New Jersey
Cumberland County College
County College of Morris
Essex County College
Gloucester County College
Hudson County Community College
Kean University
Mercer County Community College
Middlesex County College
Montclair State University

New Jersey City University
NJ Institute of Technology
Ocean County College
Passaic County Community College
Ramapo College of NJ
Raritan Valley Community College
Richard Stockton College of NJ
Rowan University
Rutgers, The State University. of NJ
Salem Community College
Sussex County Community College
Thomas Edison State College
Union County College
University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
Warren County Community College
William Paterson University. of NJ

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