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Military Opportunities

A great choice, if you want to:

  • serve your country
  • learn a skill while you earn
  • work in any of 4,000 occupations
  • save for college or attend college

The Armed Forces offer many training programs which prepare young men and women for civilian jobs. The military may be a good first job choice for you and/or a way to put aside money for college. Your counseling office may have pamphlets describing the variety of military training programs.

An Opportunity

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is available annually at no cost to students. It can be used alone or as part of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program to assist you in discovering your skills and possible career choices. See your counselor or visit your career center.

Your Responsibility

Draft Registration Upon reaching 18 years of age, all males are required to register for the Selective Service. Register at any Post Office.

Your Options

Regular Enlistment Programs
Qualified young men and women have a wide choice of assignments and guaranteed training, free room and board, and an opportunity for travel. Salaries start at approximately $930 a month; benefits include 30 days paid vacation, complete medical and dental coverage. The criteria to qualify are becoming more selective. High school graduation is particularly important. Contact a local recruiter for more information.

Reserve Enlistment Programs
All reserve enlistment programs require active duty time, recruit training, and technical schooling in a military specialty or occupation. The active duty period varies among the different branches (Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines). All programs are open to enlistees 17 years of age. Enlistment offices are listed in the telephone directory under United States Government. Before signing any contract for military service, discuss the terms of the contract with your parent/guardian and counselor.

Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps)
ROTC enables college students to earn an academic degree in the field of their choice and an of ficer's commission at the same time. When the obligatory active service is completed, you can select a military career or a civilian career in your chosen field. Those who elect to remain in active service may qualify to pursue graduate studies at government expense. ROTC programs are available at selected colleges and universities. Nursing scholarships are also available. For information, contact your counselor early in your junior year.

Four-Year ROTC Program consists of a two year Basic Course (two hours per week) and a two-year Advanced Course (four hours per week). Advanced students receive $100 per month during the school year. A six-week Advanced Training camp is held in the summer between the junior and senior years. For more information, call the nearest ROTC unit or a local recruiter.

Two-Year ROTC Program is designed specifically for community college graduates and students at four-year colleges who were unable to take ROTC during their first two years. Selected students must successfully complete a six-week summer program prior to their junior year.

Military Academies (Colleges/Universities) All Federal candidates must secure a Congressional nomination except those interested in the United States Coast Guard Academy. Candidates for admission to the military academies must be citizens of the United States; must have reached their 17th, but not their 22nd, birthday; and must meet rigid scholastic and medical qualifications. See your counselor for application procedures.

  • U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, CO 80914
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy New London, CT 06320
  • U.S. Military Academy West Point, NY 10996
  • U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, MD 21402
  • Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY 11024

State Merchant Marine Academies State-governed Merchant Marine Academies are located in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. California's academy is part of the California State University (CSU) system and is located in Vallejo. Call (707) 648-4200.

For information about the Armed Forces, call one of the 800 numbers below.


  • U.S. Army 1-800-USA-ARMY
  • U.S. Air Force 1-800-423-USAF
  • U.S. Navy 1-800-USA-NAVY
  • U.S. Marines 1-800-MARINES
  • U.S. Coast Guard 1-800-424-8883


  • U.S. Army Reserve 1-800-USA-ARMY
  • U.S. Air Force Reserve 1-800-257-1212
  • U.S. Navy Reserve 1-800-USA-USNR
  • U.S.Army National Guard 1-800-GO GUARD
  • U.S. Air National Guard 1-800-TO GO ANG


  • Army, Air Force, Navy 1-800-USA-ROTC

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