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Becoming An Officer In the Vermont Air Guard

The Air National Guard is unique among the reserve services. It serves the interest of the nation in its Federal role by providing the United States with a well-trained and well-equipped force. In addition, in its State role, the Air National Guard responds to disasters and other emergencies when summoned by the respective governor. The Air National Guard provides a major source of added personnel and equipment to assist the Air Force during times of war or national emergency. The information contained in this fact sheet is general in nature and subject to change. For more information call 1-800-242-4055.

ELIGIBILITY

A baccalaureate or higher degree from an educational institution listed in the current Accredited Institutions of Post Secondary Education is required. However, exceptionally well qualified initial appointment applicants may request a waiver of the degree requirements. If waiver of the degree requirement is approved, applicant must complete degree requirement within a specified amount of time.
· Be a United States Citizen
· Be commissioned prior to 35th birthday
· Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
· Be in good physical condition

ASSIGNMENT

Air National Guard units are located throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. You will be assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing located in S. Burlington, Vermont.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

Air National Guard units train one weekend each month. In addition, members are required to perform, at a minimum, 15 days of paid active duty each year. This active duty period could be served at active duty Air Force facilities or by participating in military field exercises in the United States or overseas.

TRAINING

All officer candidates must attend the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science (AMS) (excluding Chaplains, Health Professions and Lawyers) at the Training and Education Center (TEC) for 6 weeks in Knoxville, TN. The course provides basic instruction in management, leadership skills, military customs and courtesies and other subjects to help you become a successful leader in today's Air National Guard. Graduates of AMS are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the Air National Guard. Many career fields require attendance at a technical training course related to the specific career to which you are being assigned. Technical training courses can last from several weeks to as much as a year.

MILITARY GRADE

Your military rank is determined by a combination of your education, training and experience.

MILITARY PAY

A combination of your rank and length of any prior military service will determine your pay.

AIR FORCE OFFICER QUALIFYING TEST (AFOQT) SCHEDULE

The AFOQT is offered the Friday before each Unit Training Assembly of every month. Individuals wishing to take the test must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance. The may be done by calling 802-660-4984 or 5985.

VACANCIES

In accordance with the State of Vermont policy on Officer Recruitment, positions available for entry-level hiring must be announced statewide. If you are interested in learning what positions are available, please call 1-800-242-4055.

SELECTION PROCESS

Candidate selection will be based upon a combination of the individual's application package and formal interview.

APPLICATION PACKAGE

Packages must be received by the closeout date listed on the announcement. Each position will provide a list of requirements on the announcement. EXAMPLE - Applications must contain: - Resume w/Cover Letter - Official College Transcript - AFOQT Scores - Letters of Recommendation