The Air Guard offers a regular paycheck, tuition assistance and more. Benefits include money for education through the Montgomery G.I. Bill, a military retirement plan, affordable health and life insurance – even access to free space-available air travel.
Illinois state colleges offer Air Guard members up to 100% tuition assistance for four years of full-time attendance or the equivalent of part-time attendance.
Illinois Air Guard members on state-summoned active duty get full medical, dental and hospital benefits if injured in the line of duty, as well as $50,000 compensation to the beneficiary of your choice for those killed in action.
Illinois state employees that join the Air Guard get 15 days military leave per year. Illinois Air Guard members often receive per diem to cover travel and other mission-related expenses. They also get exclusive access to distinctive auto plates.
State Tax Advantage
Illinois Air Guard retirees are exempt from paying state income tax on their military retirement pay.
Members of the Air Guard receive a variety of educational and other military benefits.
Base Post Exchange
Base Post Facilities
Base Post Theater
Unlimited use of commissary.
Federal education benefits through the Montgomery G.I. Bill are available to most unit members provided they enlist for 6 years. These benefits are available to our members after completion of basic training and technical school. This program is a non-contributory benefit, meaning no payment or reduction in pay is required to receive these benefits. Federal benefits received: Montgomery GI Bill chapter 1606; up to $333 per month to offset college cost of attending college fulltime. Other Air National Guard Education Benefits for members enlisting for six years in a critical skills job may be available based on current incentive programs. These benefits include: Montgomery GI Bill kicker up to $350 per month for full-time college enrollment, Student loan repayment program; up to $20,000 paid throughout enlistment. If you have prior military service and elected the active duty MGIB, you may still take advantage of this benefit up to a maximum of 48 months of combined benefits at the full-time rate. Find more information on the Montgomery GI Bill Rates here.
Military Burial Assistance
Military Clothing Sales Stores
Military Death Gratuity
Military Medical Dental
Medical, only if duty-related
Military Recreation Facilities
Military Red Cross Assistance
Official Library Services
Pay And Allowances
Basic pay (4 days for working 1 weekend). Non prior service enlisted members will start off between E-1 -E-3 (Airman Basic - Airman First Class). New officers that have never been in the military before start as an O-1 (2nd Lieutenant). Medical Professionals may come at a higher rank based on experience and education. The military pay scale can be viewed here.
1 per drill period, 2 per day for a drill weekend. 1 per day for annual training or additional active Duty days performed throughout the year. More information can be found here.
Sgli Medical Dental
Yes. Up to $400,000. Nominal fee
Space Available Travel
Continental U.S., to include, Hi, Ak, PR, VI, GU
Survivor Benefit Plan
Yes, with 20 years service, if elected
Tricare Medical Dental
The Member is covered for Duty-related medical Dental conditions through TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), the only dental plan sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) for National Guard/Reserve sponsors and their families. With the TDP, you will enjoy a nationwide network of more than 65,000 participating dentists, high-quality customer service and comprehensive dental coverage designed specifically with you in mind! Find more information on the TRICARE Dental Program here.
For Activated or members serving on Active Duty for 30 days or longer medical coverage is provided/available for member and family until completion of Active Duty orders. Coverage continues for 180 days after being released from active status if activated in support of a contingency operation.
Find more information on the TRICARE Reserve Select here.
Va Medical Dental
If injury/illness sustained in line of duty
VGLI Veteran Life Insurance
Yes, after retirement
Wearing Of Uniform
The 182nd Airlift Wing is located in Illinois and is primarily involved in the C-130 Hercules Mission.
C-130 HerculesThe C-130 Hercules primary mission is to perform the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for air dropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. The C-130 performs a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions.
Tactical Air Control PartyThe mission of the Tactical Air Control Party is to provide numerous critical functions on the modern battlefield including, advising ground forces on aircraft employment and capabilities, coordinating and controlling aerospace operations, and participating in battle planning.
This unit has the following careers available:
182nd Airlift Wing has no upcoming events.