National Aviation Week on August, 2017: Army National Guard?
National Aviation Week 2017.
The chances are fair, though it depends on his unit and his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). If his unit is one that as recently come back or just is not in critical need then chances are better that he may not go, at least anytime soon.
As far as training goes, he will be going to about 10 weeks (1 week reception, 9 weeks training) worth of Basic Training. Once he is done with that, he will move onto AIT (Advanced Individual Training). This is where he learns how to do his specific job. This can be anywhere from about 6 to 52 weeks depending on how complex it is. Once he finishes AIT, he may return home.
Just keep in mind that deployment is always a possibility. No longer does the guard solely deploy as a a whole unit or not at all. Slowly but surely, the military is transitioning into handpicking individuals with certain MOS's that they need, much like the active and reserve ranks. If he goes combat arms (infantry, armor, aviation, etc) then he will be more likely to see a deployment than for a less critical MOS like in a clerical type field though it is still always a possibility.
About the National Guard?
I have served in active duty army and am currently in the national gaurd. The 2 are VERY VERY DIFFRENT. If you join the national gaurd I would suggest doing certain jobs. 1. anything in aviations. or 2 anything medical other than a combat medic. Those 2 jobs will give you some training for things in your civilian life. I am infantry and i absolutely love my job but not everything can deal with the things we see and do. Also, being anything COMBAT in the national guard is not a good option if you like action. We only shoot about 3x a year and our 2 WEEK ANNUAL TRAINING ends up being 3 weeks every year for some reason. Thats one thing your recruiter wont tell you! any more questions feel free to ask
Denali national park?
I’ve been to Denali National Park twice. Most recently I visited the park during a trip to Alaska in July 2006. It’s a beautiful park and worthy of at least a two day visit depending on the type of activity you’re looking for. If you’re into hiking/backpacking and camping, you can easily spend a few days to a week or more there. Most visitors are part of an Alaska tour of some sort and spend from just a few hours to maybe a full day there. Visitors who have less than a day are limited to a short tour along the Denali park road on the northern side of the park.
No private vehicles are permitted on the Denali park road beyond the Savage River. The only way to see the park interior is with a commercial tour operator. Those with just a few hours take the short tour into the park that goes as far as Savage River. They might not know it but they haven’t seen the park at all and probably didn’t see any wildlife either. To see Denali you have to take a longer tour. I highly recommend the Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour. That tour goes all the way to Kantishna at the end of the park road and takes approximately 13 hours from hotel pickup to drop-off. You can also use the park shuttle which will allow you to jump off and on again anywhere along the park road so you can do some hiking/exploring on your own. There is lots of wildlife to see, mostly between the Teklanika River and the Eielson Visitor Center.
To truly appreciate the beauty of Denali you have to see its south side. That means an air tour. These tours fly out of Talkeetna. I used the services of K2 Aviation and signed on for the Grand Denali Tour with glacier landing. The visuals of the Alaska Range during the tour were more than grand. They were awe inspiring and the glacier landing was unforgettable. A definite must do experience.
The way I managed my visit to Denali was by driving from Anchorage to Talkeetna for a mid-day flightseeing tour with K2 Aviation. From there I drove to Healy where I stayed at the Motel Nord Haven which turned out to be an excellent choice. It’s situated about 10 miles north of the park entrance but the service and rooms are about as good as you can get for a motel. I would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it. I spent two nights in Healy and used the free day in between to take the Kantishna Wilderness trails tour. The Motel Nord Haven is not on the list of hotel pickup sites but that wasn’t a problem. I drove to one the hotels that was on the list and got picked up and dropped off there.
If I were to do it all over again I would spend at least 3 nights in Healy and use the extra day to explore the park on my own using the park shuttle. I hope you get to visit Denali and the rest of Alaska too. It is beautiful country and very unlike the other 49 states. Not to sound corny but Alaska is not just a destination, it’s an experience. Enjoy!