3. Complete your application
Complete the application and gather required source documents. You will need to provide copies and/or originals of these important documents to your recruiter. A sample list follows:
• Social security card
• Driver’s license
• Verification of citizenship by birth or naturalization
• High school diploma/transcripts or GED completion certificate
• If applicable, copies of your marriage certificate, divorce decree or separation order
• Birth certificates for your children under 18 years of age
• Court documents if ordered to pay spousal and/or child support
• Documentation of any junior ROTC or college ROTC experience
• College diploma or official transcripts
• Student loan documentation from NSLDS website
• Direct Deposit Form SF1199 completed and signed by an official from your financial institution
Once you have determined that you want to become a soldier in the District of Columbia Army National Guard and you have completed your application process with your recruiter you are ready to enlist. At this point, your recruiter will make all the arrangements to finalize your enlistment at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located in Springfield, Mass or Albany, NY.
At the MEPS you will:
• Complete a physical examination with our medical personnel
• Complete a personal security screening and be fingerprinted
• Lock in your ship date for Basic Combat Training (BCT)
• Confirm the military job that you have selected
• Approve any benefits and bonuses
• Review and sign all documents with the MEPS Guidance Counselor
• Take your Oath of Enlistment
At the end of this day, assuming everything goes smoothly, you will be a Soldier in the Vermont Army National Guard.
5. Attend Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP)
Your ship date, the day you leave for Basic, will depend on your Guard job and the school you will attend for that job. You might ship within just a few weeks, or it might be delayed for several months. Until you ship, you will attend the RSP one weekend a month to learn Guard rules and structure, and start fitness and classroom training. Learn more about our RSP program.
6. Ship to Basic Combat Training
You are ready to start becoming a Soldier. In just ten weeks, you will be physically and mentally stronger than you have ever been. After Basic Combat Training you will attend Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to learn your military job skill. After AIT you will return to Vermont a fully qualified soldier ready to begin your weekend drills with your Guard unit.