Yes, the military is an employer, and yes it has much to offer! But enlisting may be a touchy subject in some high schools and families because there can be a huge risk to those who serve. So, if you’ve considered joining the military your decision needs to be an informed one.
- Talk to family members and friends
- Learn what you can online
- If possible talk to those who have served and get their opinion.
- Think about your reasons for joining
- Learn everything you can about the different branches to get a really clear picture of what life in each is like.
The Benefits of Military Service are Numerous!
- Generous education benefits
- A steady paycheck
- Health insurance
- Opportunity for self-discovery
- And more….
On the flip side the military isn’t for everyone as it requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline, intense physical work, as well as time away from friends and family while protecting America and its citizens both at home and abroad.
If you think you want to learn more, take the next step and explore the basics here. You’ll find some great information, as well as links to each of the branches so that you can discover if military service is the next step in your journey to success.
The Army is the dominant land power. These soldiers generally move into an area, secure it, and instill order. The Army is also responsible for guarding US installations and properties throughout the world. Soldier’s futures are strengthened with expert training in one of over 150 different jobs for those on active duty, and over 120 that are available in the Army Reserve.
The Marine Corps is known as the Unites States’ Rapid Reaction Force. They are trained to fight by sea and land, and are usually the first “boots on the ground”. Marine training makes its soldiers quickly adaptable to any duty assignment, but each Marine’s specific Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) will define their area of expertise.
The Navy primarily accomplishes its missions by sea, but also by air and land. Its goal is to secure and protect the oceans around the world to make the seas safe for travel and trade. The Navy trains its personnel for hundreds of high-growth positions in more than 60 career fields. Whether you’re college-bound, prefer to take college courses at your own pace or are still in high school, the Navy works to create and customize career paths for you.
As the United States’ source of air and space power, the primary mission of the USAF is to fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace. Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before! Needless to say, entry into the Air Force is rigorous and competitive, but the Air Force is committed to education. As a member of the USAF you’ll have the opportunity to take your training as far as you’d like!
Also called “America’s Maritime Guardian”, the Coast Guard’s primary mission is to protect the United States’ waterways. It does this by having roles in homeland security, maritime law enforcement, maritime drug prevention, search and rescue, and marine environmental protection.