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MILITARY SERVICE

There are many options for military service. Opportunities include college scholarships and G.I. Bill funding, as well as high-quality training for civilian as well as military jobs and careers. Recruiters are the best source of information on military options. If you are interested, you should talk to several recruiters. Military recruiters will talk with you any time of year. But you will have to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), and meet cut-off scores for acceptance. (Higher scores are required for certain branches, and for high-tech training.) There is usually a waiting period for a basic training departure date and entrance into your chosen tech school. You may have another 3-4 month delay before your training and PAYCHECKS begin.As with other post-high school choices, there are steps you need to take now to be qualified when you graduate. Course selection for grades 9-12 is important. The more Math and Science you take, the better off you will be. If you are interested in one of the U.S. Service Academies, you need to start the application process at the beginning of your junior year. For ROTC, the deadline is in November of your senior year. The following checklist will help.

*****FOR ALL BRANCHES AND TYPES OF SERVICE you must pass a DRUG TEST and a law enforcement BACKGROUND CHECK. Trouble you get into in high school can eliminate any military possibilities for you later.

U.S. Service Academies (West Point, Air Force, Naval, Coast Guard)

***PROCESS BEGINS in 11th GRADE!

_____Take a college preparatory curriculum

_____Maintain high grades

_____Do well on ACT/SAT (27 ACT is the average acceptance score)

_____Participate in student and community service activities

_____Accumulate contacts for recommendation letters

_____Contact a U.S. Congressman for potential nomination

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

_____***If you excel at a varsity sport, you may be able to play at the academy

and it may help you to gain admission!

_____Begin application early in your JUNIOR YEAR

ROTC (College Scholarship Program)

_____Take a college preparatory curriculum

_____Maintain high grades

_____Do well on ACT/SAT (24-27 average acceptances)

_____Participate in student and community service activities

_____Accumulate contacts for recommendation letters

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

_____Begin application during JUNIOR or EARLY SENIOR YEAR

Full-Time Service (Active Duty)

_____Take as much Math & Science as possible

_____Take ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

_____Meet with more than one recruiter

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

National Guard/Reserve

_____Take as much Math & Science as possible

_____Take ASVAB

_____Meet with more than one recruiter

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

Click the links below to visit armed services websites:

Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marines
National Guard
Navy

Valuable information can also be found at Today's Military, which is an easy-to-use Department of Defense website which brings even more information right to your desktop.