Joining the Guard & Reserves

Joining the National Guard or reserves is a great way to combine the benefits of military life with civilian life. Reserve duty can also lead to military retirement after 20 years of combined active and reserve duty. 

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Reserve Component Transition Assistance Advisor Lookup

Find your nearest DOD National Guard Transition Assistance Program advisor to get connected to benefits and services available to you after transition.

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Re-enlist, Reserves, or Transition? 4 Things to Consider

Maybe you’re just ending your first tour of duty. Maybe you’ve fulfilled your obligation to your country. Now, you’re at a crossroads—re-enlist, reserves, transition out? How do you know you’re making the right call?

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Transition Assistance Programs and Resources

The military has an extensive array of services to help make your separation a success. If you’re an active-duty service member, National Guard and Reserve Component service member, or service member’s spouse, you can take advantage of these transition assistance resources and more.

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How Members of the National Guard and Reserves Can Use the Official BRS Retirement Calculator

Military members who serve their country as part of the National Guard or a branch’s reserve component may qualify for retirement benefits — including a Blended Retirement System pension and Thrift Savings Plan retirement payments. You can estimate what your potential retirement payments may be with the official BRS military pay calculator.

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Benefits for Members of the National Guard and Reserves

Through programs like Military OneSource, the Department of Defense offers resources, services and tools to help individuals and families navigate civilian and military life. These benefits are designed to be accessible to those who don’t live near an installation. Learn what’s available so you don’t miss out.

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Installation Program Directory

Find programs and services at your local installation.