OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MILITARY
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 military may be a good first job choice for you and/or a way to put aside money for college. The Armed Forces offer many training programs which prepare young men and women for civilian jobs. Pamphlets describing the variety of military training programs are available in the Career Center.
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. Visit www.asvabprogram.com or ask your counselor about it.
See Ms. Mam to register for the test in advance.
Draft Registration: Upon reaching 18 years of age all males are required to register for the Selective Service. Register at any Post Office or online at http://www.sss.gov
Branch of Service Information:
Regular Enlistment Program
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 $1,100 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.
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 State Government.
College Options (ROTC and Academies):
Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force ROTC (Reserve Office Training Corps)
ROTC enables a college student to earn an academic degree in their major, as well as an officer’s commission at the same time. When your obligatory service is completed, you can select a military career or leave the service for a civilian career. Those who elect to stay 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.
Get the Basics on ROTC
The purpose of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is to prepare young men and women to serve in the military. ROTC offers scholarships in each branch—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Cost Guard—although scholarship requirements are different for each. But all ROTC scholarships allow you to go to school first (rather than serve in the military before receiving tuition aid), and require you to take ROTC coursework for credit. After you finish college, you must complete a period of service in the military.
Who is eligible for a ROTC scholarship?
You can apply for four-year ROTC scholarships while in high school, or two- to three-year scholarships once you've started college. The scholarships are based on merit, not need. To qualify for a ROTC scholarship, you must:
Be a U.S. citizen
Be between the ages of 17-26
Have a high school GPA of at least 2.5
Have a high school diploma
Meet physical standards
Agree to accept a commission and serve in the military on active duty or in a Reserve component after
How much time do I owe the military after I complete ROTC?
Most cadets incur a four-year, active-duty commitment, but the amount of service time you incur can vary. For example, pilots in the Air Force incur a ten-year active-duty service commitment after successfully completing their training. Army ROTC students who receive a ROTC scholarship, or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course, must serve full-time in the Army four years for four-year scholarship winners, and three years for others. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a regular career.
How much money do ROTC scholarships offer?
Scholarship amounts vary, but can go up to $18,000 a year. This money must be used to pay for tuition. You are not allowed to use it for room and board. You also receive money each year for books and a monthly allowance.
Can I reapply for a scholarship if I don't get one at first?
If you don't win a ROTC scholarship while applying in high school, you can still take ROTC classes in college. If you decide you like ROTC, you can reapply for a two- or three-year scholarship.
What if I don't like ROTC?
If you've been awarded an ROTC scholarship, but decide this path is not for you, you can quit the program after your first year without any obligations.
What kinds of courses and training does ROTC offer?
The courses you take depend on which branch you enroll in.
Army ROTC, for example, offers a Basic Course during your first two years in college. The Basic Course includes one elective class or lab each semester that teaches military and leadership skills. If you do not have a scholarship, you can take Army ROTC Basic Course without promising to join the military upon graduation.
Then there is the Advanced Course you can elect to take during your junior and senior years of college. The Advanced Course includes one elective class or lab each semester plus a summer leadership camp. The classes teach you advanced military tactics and give you experience in team organization, planning, and decision-making. To register for the Advanced Course, you must commit to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.
Where is ROTC offered?
To find schools that have a ROTC program use CollegeBoard.com Select "Find A College" and then "College Matchmaker - Start Here". Set your criteria under the various headings and under "Housing and Programs" select "ROTC". "See Results" will provide a list of Colleges that match your criteria.
Military Academies (College/Universities)
All candidates (except those interested in the United States Coast Guard Academy) must secure a Congressional nomination. Candidates for admission to the military academies must be citizens of the United States; must have reached their 17th, but not their 22ndbirthday; and must meet rigid scholastic and medical qualifications. See your counselor for application procedures
Before signing any contract for military service, discuss the terms of the contract with your parent/guardian .