Are there travel opportunities to Europe and to non-combat regions?Many Airmen are given one or more opportunities in their career for travel to a nation in Europe or to various other nations where there is no combat.
Can I choose to gain additional military service in training or real-world situations in the U.S. or abroad?In some cases additional service opportunities are available in the U.S. or abroad, depending on the need and the career skill involved. Motivated Airmen often find additional ways to serve if they wish to pursue such opportunities.
Can I switch positions/careers or am I locked in to one job my entire career?Airmen can request a transfer to another position, and a number of people do so each year when there is an opening. Opportunities exist for retraining and additional schooling in other career skills depending on openings, the aptitude of the Airman, and the scheduling of technical training.
Can I transfer to other military units after serving in the Delaware Air National Guard?Yes, as a fully qualified member of the Delaware Air National Guard you are eligible to transfer to any military component regardless of state.
How long can someone work in the Delaware Air National Guard?People can work until age 60, when they reach maximum retirement age.
How many people are in the unit?There are about 1,100 positions, and typically about 95 percent of the positions are filled. This number fluctuates as people retire, transfer between military units and as new people join the unit. We have about 400 full-time positions and 700 part-time positions. Each year a significant number of people retire and a lesser number transfer to other units.
We are always hiring, and always looking for good people.
Is my civilian job protected if I join the Delaware Air National Guard?All members of the National Guard and Reserve are entitled to certain protections to help safeguard their civilian job. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) offers assistance on such matters. Their website is www.esgr.mil, with additional local points of contact for Delaware listed. Most employers are supportive of their employees who serve in the military part-time. ESGR helps educate employers and troops about their responsibilities and obligations.
Is there any assistance available to my family and loved ones if needed?Yes. The Delaware Air National Guard has an active Family Readiness Group, with full-time support personel here to serve Airmen and their families. Their goal is to assist members and their families to help keep them strong, independent and supported. There are many other means of support, including Military One Source, http://www.militaryonesource.com, a free 24/7 resource for military members, spouses and families. Phone Military One Source at 1-800-342-9647.
Will I go overseas to a combat environment if I join the Delaware Air National Guard?All Airmen, enlisted and officers, take an oath to defend the Constitution of the State of Delaware and the Constitution of the United States of America. Members are duty-bound to serve our fellow Delaware citizens as directed by the Governor of Delaware, or by the President of the United States when ordered for such federal active duty. Several hundred Airmen have served overseas from several weeks or months traveling to one or more nations in Southwest Asia since 9/11/2001. Others have temporarily served at other bases in the U.S. in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, or to states further from home. Hundreds of Airmen have served on humanitarian missions helping neighbors in Delaware, in other states, and even to help during overseas emergencies.
Would I ever have the chance to meet people from military units in others states, from active military bases, or from other nations?Yes. Every Airman will have opportunities to train and serve with members from other states and units in the National Guard, reserve and active duty. We often interact with NATO allies and other U.S. allies on overseas training assignments.