The purpose of the Community Outreach program is to establish relations within all of our diverse communities here in Massachusetts. By developing these inroads it is our intention to increase the public’s knowledge of the Guard. The ultimate goal is one in which we, the Massachusetts National Guard, are able to develop a better understanding of our communities and are able to ensure proper representation of all demographics in our organization.
Today the Guard finds strength in diversity. The Massachusetts National Guard is comprised of more than 8,000 members of many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds that together provide a force that is fully capable of responding to local, state and national emergencies, and when necessary, can also deploy world-wide in support of the Department of Defense.
It is imperative to the success of the Massachusetts National Guard to effectively communicate with local communities and develop a good rapport in an effort to increase participation from various groups not properly represented in our organization.
Currently there are more than 100 enlisted career fields in the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard, ranging from infantryman to medical specialist to aircraft technician.
Individuals that do not have a GED or a HS diploma can obtain help. The Army National Guard's GED Plus Program provides free training and testing services that will enable you to successfully obtain your GED
You must also meet the following criteria:
If you enlist under the GED Plus Program you will not be able to participate in the Split Training Option (STO), and may not be shipped for Initial Entry Training (IET) until you complete the GED Plus Program.
The GED Plus training program will take place at the Professional Education Center in Arkansas.
Anyone enlisting under the GED Plus Program who presents an accredited GED completion certificate or diploma prior to shipping will not be required to attend the ARNG GED Plus Training program.
Section 2A: Such guidelines shall provide tuition and fee waivers for Massachusetts National Guard members. The Commonwealth, not the institutions of public higher education shall bear the cost of such tuition and fee waivers for Massachusetts National Guard members.
Benefit to Guard member: This provides Guard members in good standing with State backed funding to complete 130 credit hours at any of the 28 Massachusetts State Universities, Colleges and Community Colleges.
Any member of the National Guard who has been mobilized on or after September 11, 2001 for at least 90 continuous days of active service, in response to a war or national emergency, is eligible for enhanced benefits under Chapter 1607, the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP). Unlike Chapter 30, the traditional active duty GI Bill, service members do not have to pay anything into the Chapter 1607 program in order to participate.
Monthly payment rates under Chapter 1607 are a percentage of the Chapter 30, Active Duty GI Bill monthly rate of $1,034. Your rate is determined by the length of time you were mobilized. Monthly rates for full-time attendance are as follows:
The Massachusetts National Guard has approximately 100 different specialties to choose from.
Over 550 employment locations and over 120 different trades located in Massachusetts.
TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) is a premium-based health plan that qualified National Guard and Reserve members may purchase. TRS, which requires a monthly premium, offers coverage similar to TRICARE Standard and Extra.
Join the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), the only dental plan sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) for National Guard/Reserve sponsors and their families.
With the TDP, you will enjoy a nationwide network of more than 57,000 participating dentists, high-quality customer service and comprehensive dental coverage designed specifically with you in mind!
SGLI is a program of low cost group life insurance for service members on active duty, ready reservists, members of the National Guard, members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, cadets and midshipmen of the four service academies, and members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Full Time Coverage ...Reserve/Guard Duty If you are a Reservist or National Guard member and have been assigned to a unit in which you are scheduled to perform at least 12 periods of inactive duty that is creditable for retirement purposes, full-time coverage is in effect 365 days of the year. You are also covered for 120 days following separation or release from duty.
Section 5: In the case of death of a member of the Massachusetts National Guard resulting from injury, sickness, or disease received while in the line of duty pursuant to orders under Title 10 and 32 of the United States Code or Chapter 33, and that injury, sickness or disease resulting in the death was not the result of fault or neglect on the part of the decedent, a single payment of $100,000 shall be paid to the surviving spouse…child, children, mother or father.
Benefit to Guard Member: In addition to any life insurance held, the State of Massachusetts will pay $100,000 to remaining family members as prescribed in section 5 of the bill providing that the death was related to National Guard activities while under Title 10 or 32.
Section 6: Fifty percent of the monthly premiums for any coverage held in the serviceman’s group life insurance program administered by the Veterans Administration, or an equivalent group life insurance program of the service member’s choosing provided that the reimbursement shall not exceed 50 percent of the monthly premium cost of the Serviceman’s Group life Insurance, for a member of the Massachusetts National Guard shall be borne by the commonwealth.
Benefit to Guard Member: The State will reimburse National Guard members for fifty percent of the premium for SGLI or other equivalent life insurance program. This would equal $174 dollars paid in the case of maximum coverage of $400,000 of SGLI coverage at $29 per month.
A sweeping new veterans’ education package was approved as part of the 2008 war budget. It is designed to fully cover the cost of completing four years of college-including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. This new plan will allow the service member to transfer benefits to spouse or children. The specifics of which will not be available until the Pentagon issues regulations governing these rights.
Citizenship is one of the most coveted gifts that the U.S. Government can bestow.
All naturalization applicants filing under the military provisions of Section 328 or 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) need to be members of the United States Armed Forces.
A bonus of up to twenty thousand dollars is available for new enlistments for individuals that qualify to serve in military occupational skills designated as critical.
SECTION 16. Upon application, as provided in this section, there shall be allowed and paid out of the treasury of the commonwealth without appropriation to each person, who shall have served in the armed forces of the United States in active service as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Noble Eagle who was discharged or released under honorable conditions from such service, the sums specified in this section; if the domicile of every person on account of whose service the application is filed, shall have been in the commonwealth for a period of not less than 6 months before the time of his entry into the service.
Sexual Assault Prevention
Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera
State Command Sergeant Major