Mississippi State Guard
Component of the Mississippi Military Department

What does it take to be a part of Mississippi State Guard?

  • Any United States citizen ages 17 to 67 with no felony conviction, is eligible for enlistment in the Mississippi State Guard. There are restrictions, however, for people who are currently in the active or reserve military, or National Guard.
  • You will also be required to take an oath of office. However, there is no contractual obligation, between you and the Mississippi State Guard.
  • Listed above are the requirements for enlistment. There are requirements, after enlistment, to remain as a member of the Mississippi State Guard.
  • Participation is expected. Most units meet monthly or bi-monthly, usually on a Saturday. The meetings are typically for training, but, they could be for other types of meetings. Meetings usually last most of the day.
  • There are several emergency management training courses that you take online. These courses are done at your leisure, but, they do have required completion timelines.
  • Commissioned officers are required to either be a previously commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States, or possess the skills, education, and experience needed to perform the duties of the assigned position.  All officer candidates, not previously commissioned, must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.  All officers who are not a previously commissioned officer of the armed forces of the United States must complete an Officer’s Candidates School, within one year of commissioning, or prior to commissioning.   
  • The Mississippi State Guard is a self-funded, self-equiped, fully voluntary military unit, therefore, you are required to purchase your uniform and personal equipment needed, before you are deployed.
  • Upon enlistment, you must me willing to deploy, when called upon by The Adjutant General, in times of emergency. When called up for State Active Duty, you will be paid a daily allowance and mileage.
  • When on duty, you are required to meet military grooming standards, military code of conduct, and render all military honors and recognition, to those appointed above you.
  • Members are required to follow OPSEC guidelines at all times.
  • Upon enlistment, you are required to obey the orders of the officers appointed over you, and, to carry out your duties, as assigned