The ANG is Hiring at Selfridge

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  • By TSgt Dan Heaton
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
The Air National Guard is actively hiring men and women in and around the Detroit region.

As of mid-October, more than 75 job openings exist in the Michigan Air National Guard at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, military leaders said. The jobs are all part-time, enlisted jobs in the Air National Guard and exist in a wide variety of career fields. A number of officer positions also exist at Selfridge.

"The opportunities that exist at Selfridge today are extraordinary," said Technical Sgt. Chandra Corrado, a recruiter with the 127th Wing at Selfridge.

Brand-new enlistees earn about $200 for a weekend of duty and over $6,000 a year in total pay for service of one weekend per month and about two weeks of annual training. New enlistees spend additional time on duty, going through basic military training and technical school. Enlisted Airmen with six years of service could earn about $10,000 per year by serving the minimum of one weekend per month and two weeks of annual training.

Corrado said that a new Airman's basic and technical training carries an added bonus in that both award college credit upon completion.

"So if someone says to me that they don't want to delay going to college, the truth is that by going to Air Force training you are earning college credit - and you are getting paid for it," she said. Depending on the career field, the initial training for an individual can be worth anywhere from six to 30 college credit hours.

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Dobson said open positions exist at the base in a wide range of career fields, from a number of different mechanical specialties on fighter aircraft to computer systems positions to special operations warfighters.

"An air base in many ways is a microcosm of society," said Dobson, the command chief and senior enlisted member of the 127th Wing. "All of the jobs that exist outside of the base exist on the base, along with a few additional specialties. One of the benefits of taking on a job in the Air National Guard is the Guard will provide the entry-level training for that job, which benefits a person both inside and outside the military.

"Then, as a person progresses, they receive additional training in their career field," Dobson said.

Military leaders at Selfridge said that over the past year or more, news reports about concerns over the assignment of different types of aircraft and manning levels at the base appears to have prompted fewer potential recruits to investigate opportunities with the Guard. Dobson said, however, that the military mission at Selfridge continues and likely will for many years to come.

Corrado said openings in about a dozen different career fields at Selfridge currently carry cash bonuses for enlistees and all of them provide some type of college tuition benefit. At a minimum, once an Air National Guard Airman completes basic training and technical school he or she is eligible for $320 per month while going to college on a full-time basis.

Opportunities also exist at Selfridge for individuals who previously served in the military to re-enlist in the Air National Guard, Corrado said.

Information on careers in the Air National Guard in general is available at www.goang.com. For details on specific opportunities at Selfridge, contact the 127th Wing Recruiting Office at (586) 239-5511 or log onto the 127th Wing's career page and view current vacancies at www.127wg.ang.af.mil/careers

Comprised of approximately 1,600 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marked its 95th year of continuous military air operations in 2012.