Membership

Membership

Membership Options

Any active member of the Michigan National Guard may apply for membership in the NGAM by completing an application and paying appropriate membership dues.

Dues for active members vary according to rank. A complete explanation of the dues schedule for NGAM, NGAUS and EANGUS is available on the membership application.

Active or retired members may become life members upon payment of appropriate dues. Life member dues are $150.00 for active Guard members and $50.00 for retired Guard members.

Benefits of Joining the National Guard Association of Michigan

Pension from Michigan

Retirees with 20 good years of service in the Michigan National Guard receive $50.00 each month upon the age of 55. This is in addition to other military retirements. NGAM has continually advocated to increase the dollar amount and lower the age of reception.

Health Insurance

TRICARE health coverage is available for all members of the National Guard. This was a successful collaborative effort of all State National Guard Associations and the National Guard Association of the United States. Membership numbers are vital in convincing the Congress that this was the right thing to do for our Guard and their families.

Life Insurance

Low-cost term life insurance is available to each member of NGAM. There are no restrictive clauses in the policy. Further, the payment to beneficiaries is made within two to three days. NGAM administers this program through the American Equity Insurance Company.

NO COST Life Insurance

$10,000 Life Insurance is available to each enlistee of the Michigan National Guard. This is a NO COST benefit which is offered for the first year of enlistment. The Guardsman may elect to purchase a normal term insurance policy following the end of the first year of enlistment.

Tax free military pay for AGR, Traditional, and Retired Guardsmen

Michigan has been generous in dismissing Michigan income taxes on military pay. NGAM works with the Michigan Legislatures to ensure this benefit continues. This amounts to a 3% to 7% annual saving to members based upon income and tax bracket.

This benefit alone makes up for the cost of a NGAM membership. Click here to join the association.

Veteran Support Grant

NGAM administers the Veteran Support Grant. This financial support grant is intended to assist Michigan veterans in need. Veterans, families of veterans, current members of NGAM, and other Michigan residents currently serving in the military may be eligible for a grant.

Click here to apply for a grant and learn more.

Educational Grants

NGAM has provided educational grants of up to $500 to qualified applicants. To be eligible for a NGAM Education Grant…

  • You must be a current NGAM member
  • You must be enlisted or a CW1, CW 2, CW3, O1, O2, or O3
  • You must be currently enrolled and in good standing at your school

Click here to find the education grant application.