Mt. Abe senior Sara Sayles being sworn in to VTANG Lt. Col. Soychak Sept. 23. Air National Guard recruiters report a modest increase in high school-age recruits nationwide.
On Sept. 23, Sara Sayles, daughter of Todd and Katie Sayles of Bristol, joined the Vermont Air National Guard.
Those interested in joining the Air Guard who have never served before must be between the ages of 17 and 40. Sayles was required to pass a written examination called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery as well as an Entrance Physical Examination. Using the results from her ASVAB test and physical, the local recruiter reviewed positions available within the local unit to match Sayles with some areas of interest. Once the job was selected—tactical aircraft maintenance—she was then scheduled to enlist and join the Air Guard. Everything prior to swearing in is just preliminary processing and did not obligate her to join.
After her graduation from Mt. Abe next June, Sayles will go to Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas, followed by two technical schools for tactical aircraft maintenance.
“Todd and I are very proud of Sara,” said Katie Sayles. “It was a big decision for her and a big realization that our little girl is not so little anymore.”
For new Air Guard members like Sayles, the commitment involves working one weekend a month and two weeks a year for a minimum period of 6 years. Basic Military Training is held at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for approximately 8 weeks, followed by Technical School.
Upon completion, she will join VTANG's Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as a crew chief.