HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – As part of a tour across Montana, members of the Montana Army National spoke with New Media Broadcasters on Tuesday to discuss recruiting efforts and current work combating the pandemic.
Sergeant First Class Shayne Boushey is a local recruiter and says there are numerous perks the National Guard offers.
“It gives you the ability to serve here within the state while pursuing any career you want. Whether it’s going to college where you can take advantage of our 100 percent tuition waiver at any Montana state school…We also offer basically a monthly stipend while you’re going, which is the GI Bill. Between that and your paycheck, you’re looking at about $1,000 per weekend while you’re going to college.”
Boushey says the National Guard also offers paid job training.
“You’ll actually get paid to do training, whether it’s in mechanics, cooking, aviation, any type of job that you decide to pick in the National Guard. You’ll be able to go off, get training for it, convert it into college credits or use is for getting accredited for the civilian side.”
National Guard applicants can apply to train as a heavy equipment operator, shower and laundry specialist, military police, engineer, generator mechanic, public affairs specialist and more.
Those interested in joining the Montana Army National Guard can contact Boushey by phone at 439-9276 or by email at Shayne.Boushey.MIL@MAIL.MIL. For more information, visit www.MontanaGuard.net.
COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts
Bouchey says one overlooked aspect of the Guard is how they help people here in Montana.
That includes fighting the current COVID-19 pandemic. Bouchey says the Guard has partnered with area schools to provide Personal Protective Equipment.
“We’ve provided disposable masks, masks for the youth, thermometers, gloves, hand saniter, all kinds of PPE, and delivered those to the schools.”
A spreadsheet provided to New Media Broadcasters shows that thousands of disposable and youth size masks have been given to local schools from the Guard.
Havre Public Schools alone has received 39,850 disposable masks, 10,730 youth size masks, 35 thermometers and 360 face shields.
Another COVID-19 prevention effort the Guard is involved in locally is checking temperatures and screening passengers at the Amtrak station.