Military Info
 

 

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.