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                                                              Military Information

     
Army     Marine Corps     Navy     Air Force     Coast Guard

Todays Military - todaysmilitary.com

Everything you need to know about joining the military all in one place.

     Request Information - FAQS - Interviews with real military parents

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United States Military Information - usmilitary.about.com/
    

     All about the U.S. military including information on joining the U.S. military, job descriptions, etc...

FAQS and Information

The branches of the military are:  Army (goarmy.com), Marine Corps (www.marines.mil/), Navy (www.navy.mil/), Air Force (af.mil/), Coast Guard (uscg.mil/).

Age Requirements

Each branch has different requirements.  Minimum entrance age requirements are 17 with parental consent or 18 without parent consent. 

**Keep in mind almost all male US citizens living in the U.S., who are 18-25 are required to register with the selective service within 30 days of his 18th birthday.  Unless a young man is institutionalized, homebound, or "in such a physical or mental condition that he would not comprehend the nature of his registration with the Selective Service System," he is required to register with the Selective Service.  For more information go online at www.sss.gov. Registration is available at any US post office or on line at www.sss.gov (you must have a social security number to register on line).


Physical Requirements

Physical requirements vary greatly.  Generally speaking, potential service members should be in good physical condition, of appropriate weight and able to pass a standard physical screening prior to entry.


Educational Requirements

Success in any branch of the Military depends on a good education and a high school diploma is most desire able.  Candidates with a GED can enlist but some services may limit opportunities.  It is very difficult to be considered a serious candidate without a high school diploma.  In any case, staying in school is important for entering the military.

Citizenship Requirements

US citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens (people with a "Green Card") may join the US Military.
**for information about citizenship visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


How can a young person learn what job might be good for him or her?

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test helps young people identify the things they're good at, the things they're interested in and good job matches.

ASVAB Test - Information

The official ASVAB website is www.asvabprogram.com and it provides an abundance of information on the ASVAB test and what it measures.  It also has a practice test with questions from each category to view types of questions on the test.  Calculators are not permitted on the test - even the math portion.

The ASVAB is one of the most widely used, multiple aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.  Students may take the test at some high schools or through a recruiter and may retest at any time.  The battery of tests take about 3 hours.  the military uses the students' ASVAB scores to identify the occupations that best suit their abilities.  Junior, senior and post secondary school students can use their ASVAB scores for enlistment for up to two years after taking the test.

The 8 ASVAB Test areas are:
  • General Science
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Paragraph Comprehension
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Electronics Information
  • Auto and Shop Information
  • Mechanical Comprehension



















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