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This handy guide provides you with a list of education benefits offered to the Service Member as well as links for applying for each benefit.
Tuition assistance provides financial assistance to Soldiers pursuing an academic certificate, baccalaureate and master degrees.
The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program provides funding for sources and/or exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential.
The GI Bill is designed to assist Soldiers and Veterans with education expenses and job training skills. Unlike other programs GI Bill pays a check that goes directly to you.
The State TA program is funded by the State of Texas and intended to help Texas Service Members cover tuition costs at Texas colleges and universities.
The National Guard values higher education and offers many types of assistance to help you stay on track while you serve.
The Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemption at Texas state-supported colleges or universities.
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Earn while you serve your country.
The Texas Army National Guard offers excellent pay, whether it’s your first job or the next phase in your military career. Your earnings will depend on your rank, job as well as your education level. The higher you go, the more you make.
Every day you serve, you'll be adding even more to your paycheck. Take a look at all the different ways you'll earn with the Guard:
Texas Army National Guard Incentives Help is only a click away!
Please use the TXARNG incentives link below to contact the incentives manager for questions about bonuses, unresolved issues, other services, or basic eligibility for bonuses. Staff are available 8:00 to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays to answer your questions and address your concerns. If you prefer to speak to the incentives manager, please call the Incentives Office Phone at 512-782-5515, option 6. The Incentives Office Group Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soldiers and Veterans — and their families — enjoy even more real benefits, such as inexpensive healthcare through the TRICARE system; low-cost life insurance that pays up to $400,000; Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans that can save service members a bundle when buying a home; and something that might not seem like a big deal now, but definitely will later: a generous retirement package. The Guard also offers an array of resources aimed at helping Soldiers find careers — which is especially important for men and women who serve part time but maintain readiness full time, at home and on the job.
Get discounts, privileges, insurance and more.
Fly for Free
Guard Soldiers can travel free on military planes when space is available. You can fly within and between the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico. Availability is based on a priority system. Learn more about flying for free.
Discount Shopping and More
Guard and Families can enjoy privileges at military installations around the world, including tax-free discount shopping at any Military Exchange (department store) and commissary (grocery store). Other retail and lodging discounts are also available. Find out more about discount shopping.
The Guard cares about the health of Soldiers and their Families. Military members and their Families can purchase inexpensive health coverage from TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS), for the top-quality healthcare they deserve. Your recruiter can offer additional details, or you can find out more through TRICARE.
Low-cost life insurance plans are available for Guard Soldiers—up to $400,000. Family members are eligible for Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI), which offers insurance to spouses and dependent children of Guard members insured under SGLI. Learn more about life insurance plans.
Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loans
Guard Soldiers may be eligible for VA home loans with minimum or no down payment. Working through private lenders, such as banks, savings and loans, and mortgage companies, VA guarantees loans for homes up to a pre-determined amount and can also eliminate the need for private mortgage insurance. Get more information about VA home loans.
As a member of the Guard, you can be deployed on short notice. And by federal law, when you have to leave your job to serve your country, you’re assured of being able to come back to work when you return. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects your right to be re-employed in the same position upon returning from military service. Find out more about re-employment benefits.
Federal Retirement Plan
You probably won’t be thinking about retirement for many years, but think about this: The Guard can continue to pay you every month after you’ve finished serving. This is on top of any benefits from your civilian career and any other retirement funds you may have coming. Learn more about the federal retirement plan.
Note: Texas Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact a recruiter.
Camp Mabry offers testing on the following:
All tests must have 4187s signed by the unit commander and must be submitted prior to the test date. No walk-ins. By appointment only.
FY 23 Testing Dates
MAR 8 (cancelled)
APR 12 (cancelled)
Please contact email@example.com for more information on test dates/times. Once your 4187 is received, that confirms your seat.
You can contact the education centers below for alternate testing locations:
Fort Hood Testing Office 254-287-7605
Joint Base San Antonio 210-221-1738
Test Prep Information
ABOUT ROTCReserve Officer Training Corps
Texas Army National Guard Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is an elective curriculum you can take along with your required college classes. More importantly, ROTC is an elite leadership course that provides the tools, training, and experience that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. During classes and field training, you learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an Officer.
Cadets are commissioned as Second Lieutenants upon graduation, starting a career in a wide range of branches and specialties. Being an Officer means you're a leader, counselor, strategist, and motivator - like a vital manager in a corporation. Officers lead other Soldiers in an array of situations and environments, achieving success with their team on every mission.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD): Scholarships available through Army ROTC that guarantee that commissioned Cadets serve in the Texas Army National Guard. GRFD scholarships are available for up to two years and allow simultaneous use with the Select Reserve Montgomery GI Bill, chapter 1606 or 1607.
Dedicated National Guard Scholarship: Available for up to three years, but does not allow simultaneous use with the Guard GI Bill. Qualifications include: US citizenship, 2.5 GPA, under 31 years of age for the entire year of commissioning, pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, meet Army height/weight standards, full-time student, and be of good moral character.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP): A two-year program whereby cadets serve in the Texas Army National Guard and attend ROTC classes simultaneously.