Volunteer Border

 

The Texas National Guard has new full-time positions available for the Southwest Border Mission.  These positions offer an array of benefits to you and your family if you volunteer:  full active-duty pay, Tricare, housing allowance, family separation pay, and additional per diem.  Click the above banner to access the volunteer page on your CAC-enabled computer, or contact your readiness NCO for more information. Units will contact volunteers and provide further details about the mission.

Volunteers must be medically and administratively deployable and not in a unit pending mobilization within the next 12 months. In addition, the following personnel cannot volunteer for the mission:

  • ChalleNGe program employees
  • Counterdrug Personnel
  • R&R BN assigned personnel to include RSP Warriors
  • Personnel deemed TAG essential staff 
  • ROTC cadets
  • Technicians
     

Additional Information:

ADOS order pay is dependent on time in grade with additional Family Separation Pay provided for members more than 50 miles from their home of record.

Family Separation:

$250 Per Month if Qualified

Notes:

All pay amounts shown are based on the current tables listed at dfas.mil and provide a possible range of pay, these are not guarantees of any pay allotment.  You are responsible for verifying payment amounts prior to acceptance of opportunities to volunteer.


Enlisted Pay: Min Max
E-9 $5,308 $8,241
E-8 $4,345 $6,197
E-7 $3,020 $5,429
E-6 $2,612 $4,046
E-5 $2,393 $3,396
E-4 $2,194 $2,664
E-3 $1,981 $2,233
E-2 $1,884 $1,884
E-1 $1,168 $1,168
Warrant Officer Pay: Min Max
W-5 $7,812 $10,223
W-4 $4,393 $8,184
W-3 $4,012 $7,028
W-2 $3,550 $5,926
W-1 $3,116 $5,385
Commissioned Officer Pay: Min Max
O-8 $10,668 $15,380
O-7 $8,865 $13,245
O-6 $6,722 $11,901
O-5 $5,604 $9,521
O-4 $4,835 $8,073
O-3 $4,835 $8,073
O-2 $3,672 $5,083
O-1 $3,188 $4,011

TRICARE Family Health Plan

When you are called or ordered to active-duty service for more than 30 days in a row, you and your family become eligible for the same health and dental benefits as active duty service members.

Per Diem Payment

Rates will be determined by SMs location and length or orders.

  • 100%: 30 days or less
  • 75% Flat Rate: 31-180 days
  • 55% Flat Rate: 181+ days
  • JTR TDY Per Diem > 180 days requires Sec Def Approval

Right To Reemployment

USERRA is a Federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserve, National Guard, or other uniformed Services: 

  1. Are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service
  2. Are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty
  3. Are not discriminated against in employment based on past,  present or future military service

F.A.Q.'s

Volunteers must be medically and administratively deployable and not in a unit pending mobilization within the next 12 months. In addition, the following personnel cannot volunteer for the mission:

  • ChalleNGe program employees
  • Counterdrug Personnel
  • R&R BN assigned personnel to include RSP Warriors
  • Personnel deemed essential for TAG
  • ROTC cadets
  • Technicians
     

This mission is not MOS-specific, but mission-critical personnel will not be considered at this time. 

We are considering applications from any Texas Guardsman, who is medically and administratively deployable and not in a unit pending mobilization within the next 12 months, regardless of rank or MOS. We encourage you to apply by visiting this link.
 

We are considering applications from any Texas Guardsman, who is medically and administratively deployable and not in a unit pending mobilization within the next 12 months, regardless of rank or MOS. We encourage you to apply by visiting this link.
 

Texas Guardsmen who serve on the Southwest border mission receive the following benefits:

  • Full active-duty pay
  • TRICARE
  • Housing allowance
  • Family separation pay
  • Additional per diem

In addition, the border mission provides physical fitness training, opportunities for military schools and education and interagency operations experience.

Texas Guardsmen are protected by USERRA, a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserve, National Guard, or other uniformed services: 

  1. Are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service
  2. Are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty
  3. Are not discriminated against in employment based on past,  present or future military service
     

The mission is anticipated to be a short-term staffing solution, but we cannot say definitively how long it will last.

You may have concerns that your absence will affect your unit’s readiness; however, TMD leaders are aware of this mission’s importance and are prepared to support those who wish to volunteer. As long as you keep up your individual readiness, you will have no trouble reintegrating with your unit upon your return.
 

Texas Guardsmen who volunteer for the border mission are on active-duty orders and, as a result, will not drill with their assigned unit. As long as you keep up your individual readiness, you will have no trouble reintegrating with your unit upon your return.
 

The Department of Homeland Security has asked Texas Governor Abbott for Texas National Guard assistance to support their efforts at our Southwest border. As part of this new mobilization, Texas Guardsmen will provide supplemental staffing support at the temporary holding facilities as well as supplemental enforcement support at ports of entry.
 

Please click here to volunteer. Army G1 is currently evaluating applicants and will contact you directly regarding your application.