Frequently Asked Questions

It is important that you have as much information as possible about the Maryland Army National Guard. If you are not able to find the answers to your questions, please contact a recruiter to help you understand what the Maryland Army National Guard has to offer.


What is my commitment when I enlist into the Maryland Army National Guard?

Upon enlisting into the Maryland Army National Guard, you can sign a contract to serve for 6 years on active reserve and 2 years on inactive ready reserve. During the first 6 years you will serve one weekend a month and two weeks of annual training, usually during the summer.

What is basic training like?

Basic Combat Training is nine weeks and the location of your training will depend on what job you decide to train for. You will be trained in basic rifle marksmanship, first aid, drill and ceremony and basic soldier skills. BCT is challenging and intense but you will be able to reach your goal of graduating and becoming a soldier in the Maryland Army National Guard. See the Training page for more information.

What will I be doing during a drill weekend?

When your unit conducts a drill it is usually on a Saturday and Sunday. Some drills will begin on a Friday. Your unit will conduct training and administrative tasks to keep you and your fellow soldiers prepared for any mission that you are called upon to complete. Weapons qualification, physical fitness tests, land navigation, map reading, first aid, vehicle maintenance, promotions and awards are all done during your drill weekends. You can participate in a weekend drill by becoming a "Guardsman for a Day". Email us and tell us that you are interested in joining Citizen-Soldiers for a weekend of training.

What is Annual Training?

Annual Training (AT) is two weeks of training usually conducted during the summer. Your unit may participate in exercises in the field or you may have the opportunity to travel to another state or even overseas.

Can I go to school while I am in the Maryland Army National Guard?

YES! The Maryland Army National Guard believes an education is very important and will help you earn your degree. By serving one weekend a month and two weeks a year you will have the opportunity to attend college and we have money for college so you can afford it.

Will I be deployed overseas?

Citizen-Soldiers of the Maryland Army National Guard have served in conflicts overseas since the birth of our Nation. In recent history, Marylanders have been involved in operations such as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Not all soldiers in the Maryland Army National Guard are deployed, there are many opportunities to serve in the State as well.

Can I join with a GED?

YES! We are now accepting applicants with a GED.

Can I join if I do not have a High School Diploma or a GED? NO




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