100% FREE COLLEGE TUITION TO CT STATE COLLEGES
When you enlist in the Connecticut Army or Air National Guard, you'll receive a waiver tuition for every Connecticut State College and University. The National Guard also offers many other ways to help pay for tuition and other educational expenses. If you're a high school senior considering college, the National Guard has counseling programs to help guardsmen prepare for college-level examinations, standardized tests, and other career-based testing programs.
To learn more about what each state school offers for veterans services, please use the links below:
UP TO $20,000 IN ENLISTMENT BONUSES
All non-prior service recruits enlisting in the Army or Air National Guard may be eligible for a signing bonus up to $20,000. Bonus amounts are based on length of contract and chosen Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). Contact a recruiter to learn more about what you're eligible to receive.
EARN REAL-WORLD JOB EXPERIENCE
Whatever you choose to do in the National Guard, you'll receive valuable hands-on experience that translates to the civilian work force.
Whether you decide to join the Connecticut National Guard full-time or part-time, you'll be well compensated for your time. Specific pay levels are determined by your rank, job, and education level. The longer you stay in and the higher ranks you earn, the more money you'll make!
Serving in the Connecticut National Guard offers more than an additional paycheck or getting education assistance. Soldiers, Airmen, Veterans—and their families—may also be entitled to inexpensive healthcare through the TRICARE
system and low-cost life insurance that pays up to $400,000.
All veterans are also entitled to additional medical benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
You may not be thinking about retirement right now, but serving in the National Guard opens the door to supplementing your civilian retirement pay and adding another layer of financial stability later in life. If you serve 20 years as a traditional guardsmen, you'll be eligible to earn monthly pay by the age of 60. Guardsmen are also eligible to enroll in Thrift Savings Plans
(similar to a 401K) regardless of whether you serve 20 years.
VA HOME LOANS
Guard members may be eligible for home loans from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with little to no down payment. VA loans make buying a home more affordable and are available for home purchases and refinances. A VA loan eliminates the homebuyer's need to make a down payment and purchase private mortgage insurance for homes up to $484,350.
Learn more about VA Home Loans HERE