Did you know that the Oregon Army National Guard is here to help you? We have dedicated this page to show you some of the opportunities that we can help you and your students with inside and outside of the classroom. Please take a moment and review some of the creative ways the Oregon Army National Guard can come and help support your school’s educational goals for free!
The Oregon Plan
The Oregon Plan is an option for students to earn high school credits through their service in the National Guard. Since it's official approval by the Oregon Department of Education, we have seen many students obtain extra credits allowing them to take more classes in high school or recover missing credits in order to achieve graduation on time.
Mobile Events Team (MET)
The MET is a fun and exciting way to add to your school's activities! They are equipped with rock walls, obstacle courses, football throws, and much more! Have the kids burn energy as they battle in the pugil pit durning a school assembly or have the MET lead your P.E. classes for a day, by having your students run the obstacle course. Regardless if it's a school assembly, lunch time activities, field days, homecoming events, P.E. classes, grad nights, or school carnivals, the National Guard's Mobile Events Team is here to support you with fun and active activities!
The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities as well as helps predict future academic and occupational success. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that includes the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. The program also offers an interest inventory and other activities designed to help students explore the world of work and gain confidence in making career decisions. The ASVAB Program is aimed at students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, as well as students in postsecondary schools. Results of the aptitude test and the interest inventory enable students to evaluate their skills, estimate their performance in academic and vocational endeavors, and identify potentially satisfying careers
Please contact us or your local Recruiter to schedule an ASVAB at your school.
HEAR is a series of world class, research-based bullying prevention presentations created by recognized experts at Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and Career Training Concepts. HEAR combines insight derived from unparalleled research and best practices with real-world student engagement. The result is a proven, high-engagement classroom-based approach that teaches students how to identify bullying and what they can do to help.
If you would like your local National Guard representative to provide the H.E.A.R presentation, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.
Career Direction 2
Career Direction 2 is a no-cost guidance workshop that has helped over 6 million high school students plan their futures.
Students entering adulthood face some of their most critical and important life decisions. Career Direction 2, which is presented by the Army National Guard, offers a comprehensive program for your students. Among its many benefits, Career Direction 2:
Complements and enhances your own career development efforts.
Helps students understand career components - Priorities, Interests, Abilities, Personality, and Personal Motivation - and relates them to appropriate career choices.
Provides students with an organized approach for involving their parents in their career-planning activities.
Offers factual, thought-provoking information on the issues of dropping out of school, substance abuse, and addiction.
Guard For A Day
What is a "Guard For A Day" event?
The Oregon Army National Guard's Guard For A Day (GFAD) is a opportunity for interested students to experience the National Guard before committing to enlistment. Students will learn first hand from professional Soldiers, have the ability to ask questions, gain experience, and have fun!
Oregon Army National Guard Education Benefits
The Oregon Army National Guard offers multiple opportunities for your student to advance in his/her education. With benefits like the Montgomery G.I. Bill, that will give your student cash as they attend college, to our new state funned tuition assistance.
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Military Science Class
Are you looking for a free teacher? Let us help. The Oregon Army National Guard can provide a certified instructor to teach military science. Our goal is to provide comprehensive education and training in the classroom that students can apply to their daily lives. We accomplish this by:
1. Providing a general understanding of subjects like military customs and courtesies, military rank structure, military equipment, military tactics, and military history. This class will also put heavy emphasis on goal setting, time management, leadership, study habits, and discipline.
2. Teamwork and accountability will be a primary focus throughout the course. Students will be continually tasked with working in small groups or teams to develop these skills. Students will also be able to refine their leadership skills by rotating through a number of student leadership positions.
3. Physical fitness is paramount in any military setting, and therefore will be stressed to the students for the duration on this course. During the course, an opportunity to participate in Army style physical training will be extended to all students and faculty members. This physical training will take place in the mornings before the academic day begins or during class time. Exact times and places for the physical training sessions will be announced on a weekly basis.
4. Map reading, first-aid, technical communication, and public speaking are also taught in order to supplement the leadership training modalities. Students will be tasked with enrichment assignments by giving students a task, known conditions, and a time standard before being evaluated.
The Oregon Army National Guard offers the presentation of the colors at your high school. For example, if your school is having events like a Veterans' Day assembly or a sporting events, the Oregon Army National Guard is prepared to present our national and state colors.
The 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, Color Guard posts the national colors of the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand during the ANZAC Day ceremony held at Camp Withycombe.
National Guard Youth Challenge Program
The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP) is the only accredited statewide alternative high school and it is tuition free! Eligible individuals are accepted from all 36 counties in Oregon. The school is a non-traditional model that operates similar to a military academy.
The program is guided by military principles, structure and self-discipline. Our staff utilize a “hands off”, tough love, caring, and disciplined approach to instill values, train, and instruct cadets.
Cadets are eligible to earn a high school diploma, GED, or credit recovery of 8 certified credits from required class work completion.
The school is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and approved by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
For more information regarding our Youth Program, please click the button below!
High School Junior Enlistment Option
This option gives qualified high school juniors the opportunity to join the Oregon Army National Guard while he or she is still attending high school. All participants must be at least 17 years old and have written parent/legal guardian's consent to join. Once enlisted, your student will attend nine weeks of the U.S. Army's Initial Active Duty Training (IADT), a.k.a. Basic Training. This is secluded during the summer between their junior and senior years of high school.
During both their Jr./Sen. school years, the student Soldiers will attend our one weekend a month trainings (drill weekends). Here they will receive training in physical fitness and basic soldiering skills. Our goal is to prepare them mentally and physically for the stress that come with Basic Training.
Each training weekend student Soldiers will receive pay and benefits even before their basic training. If in the event that the Soldier has a school function, sports, or other extracurricular activity, they have the ability to "split train" and still receive pay once their"drill" has be made up.
Graduation is the priority for your student! Without the earning of a high school diploma, the student Soldier will not be able to attend their advance training. Your local National Guard representative is a partner in education with the student, their parents, and your school. They will encourage your student to attend classes and graduate on time.
The summer following their high school graduation, the student Soldier will attend Advanced Individual Training. This training is for their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). The MOS training prepares them by providing an education in their chosen field. In most cases, they will graduate from their training to be home in time to start college in the fall.
We know this is a lot of information about high school juniors becoming a part of the Oregon Army National Guard. We encourage you to reach out to us for greater detail regarding their enlistment.
Parole in place (PIP) is a unique program for certain undocumented family members of U.S. military personnel (active or veterans). It allows those non-citizen family members who are in the U.S. unlawfully to apply for a green card, without having to leave the country. This is a significant benefit that’s not available to family members of civilians.
Helicopter STEM Event
STEM careers are a major portion of the Oregon Army National Guard. Through the Helicopter STEM Event, students will learn about aviation, meteorology, mechanical engineering, and medical science as one of our medevac blackhawk or Lakota crews lands and presents at your school. Students will have engagement with the pilots, crew chief, and the flight paramedic to learn about the importance of education, particularly in the STEM field.