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Military Information

About the united states military

About the united states military

Military Pathway Information

The U.S. Military consists of five service branches: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force (Space Force), and Coast Guard. To enlist, you must have a high school diploma or GED & can attend college afterwards with some financial support. There are part-time options that allow you to attend college or have a job while serving in the Military, both of which offer money to help pay for college:
  • Reserves are available for active-duty deployment in times of war or national emergency.
  • The National Guard focuses on homeland security and humanitarian relief.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)  

It is a college program that prepares students to become an officer in the U.S. Military as they earn a bachelor’s degree. It is offered at 1,700 colleges across the nation.

Cadets agree to serve in the military post-college (usually 4-5 years) in exchange for potentially significant financial aid for their college education and a guaranteed post-college career. The ROTC scholarship application is in addition to the college application.

  • Student graduates as an officer (higher salary & leadership skills). 
  • Significant/All costs paid. 
  • Focus on academic and physical development. 
  • Long-standing tradition and honor. 
  • GI Bill helps pay for future education (transferreable to children). 

Explore branch(es) of interest to learn the application process (including Army ROTC, Navy-option ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Marine-option ROTC).

College Locator:

Military Schools
There are three options Service Academies:
Selective & very competitive to get into! Requires a minimum 5 year service obligation after graduation. Tuition, books, board & health care totally paid for over the four years while in the military college. Requires a congressional letter of recommendation in order to apply; some admission requirements begin during the junior year of high school. 

There are five federal United States service academies,  each with their own application and process. Visit each academy's website for details:

Senior Military Colleges
 Higher education and military instruction together. Every student must participate in ROTC. Those who receive an ROTC scholarship are required to enter military service after graduation.
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina 
  • Texas A&M University 
  • University of North Georgia 
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Maritime Academies Produces officers for ships for shipping and transportation needs, but a service commitment is not always required. • California State University

 Maritime Academy 
  • Great Lakes Maritime Academy 
  • Maine Maritime Academy 
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 
  • State University of New York Maritime College 
  • Texas A&M Maritime Academy 

The application process is demanding & must begin during your junior year of high school. You will be required to take the ACT or SAT. Prepare by: 
  • Retaking exams, if you scored below 540 (SAT) or 26 (ACT) on any section.
  • Get help from a local mentor. 
  • Scheduling your medical exam EARLY. 
  • Train for your Candidate Fitness Exam. 
  • Act professional & confident in your nomination interview. 

If you are interested in enlisting: or
  • Military pays for needed training/ education & provides place to live 
  • GI Bill helps pay for future education (can be transferred to children). 
  • Guaranteed job placement after successful boot camp & training experiences. 
  • Sense of honor, duty, service & patriotism along with viable skills, leadership & experience. 

You need to take the ASVAB exam & prepare by visiting:
 ASVAB Career Exploration Program at

Meet with a recruiter Contact one at:
Visit the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) website:
If you want to enlist, you will report to MEPS. You will take the ASVAB, have a physical exam, and meet with a career counselor. If accepted, you will take the oath of enlistment. You will then wait for orders to basic training within a few weeks. If enrolled in the delayed entry program, you will get orders within a year. 

Meet a recruiter
After exploring options online, consider talking to a local military recruiter to learn more about career paths, education. Have a list of prepared questions to help make sure you get your questions answered. Consider asking: 
  • Am I fit for military service? 
  • What are the academic, mental health and physical health requirements? 
  • Can you tell me about the commitment, benefits, and basic training? 
  • Can you give me more information on part-time versus full-time options, as well as enlistment versus officer pathways? 
  • Can I attend college and enlist in the military at the same time? 
  • If so, do you offer financial aid to help pay for college? How much does it cover realistically? 
  • How do I turn military experience into a career? 
  • What do I need to do to prepare? 

Recruiters cannot do the following:  force you to sign paperwork, guarantee that you will get a specific  career, guarantee where you will be stationed, or waive enlistment requirements. If you decide that this is not going to be acceptable to you, please decline to sign.  


The Air Force provides a rapid, flexible, and lethal air and space capability that can deliver forces anywhere in the world within hours.
Staff Sergeant Kaitlin Curtis
Special Warfare Recruiter
 2D Lt  Graciela Hernandez
Title:  Air Force ROTC Scholarship and Admissions Advisor
Phone: 9169563444
The largest and oldest service in the U.S. military, the Army provides the ground forces that protect the United States.
Local Recruiter - 
SSG Robbins, Anthony  <>
AMT1 Geoff Ferguson
C: 510.219.4244
O: 510.769.8187
The Coast Guard provides law and maritime safety enforcement, marine and environmental protection and military naval support. Part of the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, the Coast Guard operates under the Navy during times of war.
A component of the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps maintains amphibious and ground units for contingency and combat operations.
Local Recruiter - 
StaffSgt. Garrett Graham ; 916.203.1016
Website -
Comprised of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, the National Guard is a versatile force, supporting combat missions, domestic emergencies, humanitarian efforts, homeland security operations and more.
Local Recruiter - 
On, above and below the water, the Navy is America's forward-deployed force and is a major deterrent to aggression around the world.
Local Recruiter - 
Tyler Levans: US Navy Recruiter
Dandel Sison: Petty Officer Navy Recruiter
Website -
The Space Force organizes, trains,and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.
Local Recruiter - 


The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
If you are serious about joining the military, then get serious about the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. Will be given on April 4, 2024 in the College & Career Center. Sign up in the Center or look for info closer to the date.
How important is the ASVAB test?
Your scores in four critical areas - Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge - count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you are qualified to enlist in the United States military.
Your scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified you are for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses. A high score will improve your chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus you want. Scoring high on the ASVAB will require study and concentration.
Click on the link below for more ASVAB information and further links to study guides.
Armed Services Vocational Batterie: Career Exploration Program: 

Armed Services Vocational Batterie: Career Exploration Program: 

  • ASVAB CEP: Monday, September 23rd at 2:15 pm College & Career Center (open to 10th, 11th, & 12th grade students). Students will need to get clearance from their course instructor if they will be missing any part of their 8th period class. Sign ups are required!
  • It will be given again on Monday, Feb. 24th at 2:15 pm.
ASVAB Interpretation:

ASVAB Interpretation:

The whole point of taking the ASVAB was to get the results and to find meaning in those results. So, don’t miss the most important step! Attend the ASVAB Interpretation. 

It is a time when a skilled interpreter will go over your individual ASVAB CEP results and help you proceed with activities that clarify areas of interest, strengths and values in regards to career choices. 

From your results page, you will be provided with a code that allows you to access further assessment activities to deepen your understanding of who you are and how that impacts your career choices. It will also allow you to find pathways to achieve various occupations outside of the military as well as through the military. This is the fun part! Finding out how your strengths, as gauged through the ASVAB, and your values, align with certain career options.

Date: Thursday, May 2nd
Time: 1:15pm
Location: College & Career Center in the WHS library

For more information:

I hope that you will find this process helpful in clarifying who you are and what are some good “fits” for you as you go forward to make decisions regarding choices in school, outside of school and Post high school. The more informed you are about yourself,  the better you can be your own best advocate!
Camps/Programs during HIgh school:

Camps/Programs during HIgh school:

The week-long camps, held in conjunction with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps are designed for high school students who excel in math, science and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or a related field in college. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed services and feature hands-on activities conducted in a competitive environment that promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving.