Getting Into the Military for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
You may find joining the military an appealing career choice. Once you have made the decision that the military is where you are headed, you will need to be armed with information about the enlistment process. That is what this article has to offer.
Your introduction to the military enlistment process usually starts with a visit to your local recruiting office. A search on the Internet for military recruiter, along with your geographical location, should provide you with the information you are looking for. Remember, all of the military service branches have a robust online presence through their various web pages, and you can find a great deal of information there:
- Navy: www.navy.com
- Army: www.goarmy.com
- Air Force: www.airforce.com
- Marine Corp: www.marines.com
- United States Coast Guard: www.gocoastguard.com
Don't narrow your options too soon, though. If you are thinking of a career in the military, visiting a recruiter from each of the five branches—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. There are lots of similarities, but the subtle differences in what each branch of service has to offer you could make a lot of difference in your career.
There are certain requirements you will have to meet in order to enlist in any branch of the military. Some of these requirements vary with each branch, so make sure you ask your recruiter any questions you may have. You must:
- be between 17 and 42 years of age, and have a parent or guardian's permission if you are under 18
- be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card
- have a high school diploma or GED
- be drug-free
- have a clean arrest record
It is important to be truthful with your recruiter about any trouble you have had in the past with drugs or with the law. Criminal history checks are conducted on applicants. However, some kinds of problems can be overcome, if they are really in the past, not current difficulties. Check with your recruiter.
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