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National Guard

The Illinois Army National Guard is a whole new way to serve. It's all about a commitment to help communities in need. It's solid dedication to country. In war and in peace, it's a citizen-soldier tradition that spans more than 360 years. It's an elite team that shares similar core values, convictions and beliefs. This is what it means to be in the Illinois Army National Guard. The Illinois Army National Guard has a unique dual mission to serve both country and community. When the state Governor calls out the Guard in the wake of a natural disaster, we're there. Whether helping fight wildfires in the West, tornadoes in the Midwest or floods in the South, you'll find the Guard there, ready and prepared to help our communities and neighbors in need.

Armories and Recruiting Stations


  • JFHQ
  • 33rd IBCT
  • 108th SB
  • 404th MEB
  • 129th RTI

State Education Benefits

With the Illinois National Guard Grant, you can attend any Illinois state funded university or community college of your choice, TUITION FREE, for the equivalent of four academic years of full-time enrollment. The grant will pay for eligable tuition and fees for undergraduates and graduate study at Illinois 2 or 4 year public colleges. To qualify, you must be a current member of the Illinois National Guard; have completed one full year; and meet all necessary college or university entrance requirements.

''GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website athttp://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."

Education Services Office

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  • Fill out this form and a Guard recruiter will contact you to answer all of your questions.
  • Get the conversation started, with no obligations on your part.

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