How to become a member

The first step is to contact an Air National Guard recruiter to find out if you are eligible. Initial screening will be conducted based on qualification criteria. Your recruiter will schedule you to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test (if not taken in high school) and physical exam. Once “qualified” you will look at the possible list of career fields for you to choose from. You will see the section first hand, allowing for a sound decision on your career options.

Getting a commission

While serving as an enlisted person, you may be eligible to apply for an officer position. You must be a college graduate and pass the Air Force Officer Qualitative Test (AFOQT) and physical exam. You may also be required to attend a technical training school.

No matter what path you choose, you will be given an equal chance to prove yourself. And as you do, you will fuel your future with valuable career training, educational assistance and a steady paycheck.

If you’d like more information about a rewarding career with the Hawaii Air National Guard, please contact recruiting at (808) 888-6042 Thank you for your interest in the Hawaii Air National Guard.

HIANG Officer – How To Guide


It’s tough to put a dollars and cents figure on the value of your Hawaii Air National Guard benefits. Yet, they are a very real part of your income. They make your Hawaii Air National Guard career much more valuable and enjoyable to you and your family. There are many benefits by becoming an Air Guard member. Here are just a few of them.

Base Shopping Privileges:

As a member of the Hawaii Air National Guard, you can shop at military bases throughout the world, tax free. The base commissary offers great discounts, (25%-30%), over most local food chains.

Space Available Travel Benefits:

Members are entitled to travel on any military aircraft within the continental United States for free.

Retirement Benefits:

If you remain in the Hawaii Air National Guard for 20 years, you will be eligible for a retirement check. Retirement is available to members at age 60. You will be eligible for medical treatment at any active duty facility on a Space Available basis after 60.

Term Life Insurance:

Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is available to all members of the Hawaii Air National Guard. Coverage is only a few cents a day. More importantly, the premium does not increase significantly throughout your Guard career.

Earn Money:

You’ll earn good pay for one weekend per month and 15 days per year. Your pay will be adjusted automatically for cost-of-living increases.

Educational Benefits:

The educational benefits that are available to members of the Hawaii Air National Guard are “Second to None”. For those who are interested in higher education but cannot afford the ever-escalating costs, the Hawaii Air National Guard is an ideal way to meet this challenge. It offers programs such as the Montgomery GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Kicker Program, Tuition Assistance,  and a Cash Bonus Program.

Community College of the Air Force:

Members are automatically enrolled upon enlistment into the Air National Guard. After months of hands-on training, many members find themselves with a talent they want to turn into something more. The CCAF, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, exists to help the men and women of the Air National Guard to maximize these opportunities. CCAF can also give you credit for job-related technical and academic courses and it’s the only military school with the authority to grant an Associate Degree.

Enlistment Requirements

Non-prior service – The Air National Guard is looking for high quality individuals to take us into the 21st century. If you have never served in the military, and you meet the following qualifications, you may be just the person we’re looking for:

1. High school graduate or equivalent.

2. 17-39 years old.

3. Be a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident.

4. No personal history of major law violations or illegal drug use.

5. Be in good health.

6. Meet Air Force height and weight standards

7. Pass a written test.

Prior service – The following qualifications apply if you have prior military service:

1. Honorable discharge from last period of service.

2. Reentry code from last period of service that is not a bar to reenlistment.

3. Be able to complete 20 years of total combined service by age 60.

4. High school graduate or equivalent.

5. Be a United States citizen.

6. No personal history of major law violations or illegal drug use.

7. Be in good health.

8. Meet Air Force height and weight standards

9. ASVAB only required if attempting to qualify for a job in which current ASVAB scores from previous service show un-qualifying scores.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to join the Air National Guard, discuss them with one of our recruiters.

Kapolei Office (808) 888-6042
Todd Shak
Marigold Manalo
Leslee Siongco
Sharon Pasion

Aiea Office (808)235-8985
Arnel Data
Eric Oshiro
Warren Reyes

Maui: (808) 387-4817
Louisa Waikiki

Hilo: (808)789-0576
Kodie Nakamoto

Hickam AFB Retention Office 448-8136
(current ANG and HIANG members only)
Nolan “Alika” Kaahanui