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Army

1-800-USA-ARMY
http://www.goarmy.com

212 MOS's (military occupational specialties) with 85,000 job openings a year

US Citizen or Registered Alien; age 17-35; healthy and in good physical condition 8 weeks followed by AIT (Advanced Individual Training classes) ROTC (officer program); Continuing education and Army College Fund for up to $50,000; loan availability up to $65,000; US Military Academy at West Point, NY; Officer Candidate School; Direct Commission; Army Acquired Skills Program; DEP
         

Navy

1-800-USA-NAVY
http://www.navy.com

60 Career Fields with 50,000 job openings a year US Citizen (may be naturalized); age 17-34 (17 requires parental consent and nuclear specialty is age 23 maximum); High School education; ASVAB; may join with a friend 9 weeks followed byA school (Advanced training in specialty) ROTC (Officer Program); Continuing Ed with 75% paid by Navy; US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.; Officer Candidate School; Direct Commission;
         

Air Force

1-800-423-USAF
http://www.airforce.com

16 Career Fields with approximately 200 subspecialties and 35,000 job openings a year US Citizen; age 17- (17 may be married or require parental consent); ASVAB; healthy and in good physical condition BMT (Basic Military Training) 6 weeks followed by Technical training and OJT and PME (Professional Military Education) ROTC (Officer Program); DEP; Guaranteed Training Enlistment Program; Continuing Ed; US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Col.; Officer Candidate School; Direct Commission; Community College of the Air Force; AECP (Airman Ed and Community Program Extension Course Inst.);
         

Marines

1-800-MARINES
http://www.marines.com

30 Career Fields with 41,000 job openings a year US Citizen or Registered Alien; age 17-29; ASVAB; healthy and in good physical condition weeks followed by School of Infantry then formal training ROTC (Officer Program); Continuing Ed; US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. ; Officer Candidate School; Direct Commission; DEP; EOP (Enlisted Options Program including bonuses); QEP (technical occupational fields); TAP (tuition assistance program)
         

Coast Guard

1-877-NOW-USCG
http://www.gocoastguard.com

7 Career Fields with 4,000 job openings a year US Citizen; age 17-27; High School diploma; may be married but must have 2 or less dependents; ASVAB; MEPS (medical test) 8 weeks Boot Camp followed by Class A school for formal training; advanced schools "B" and "C" may follow Officer Candidate School; Direct Commission; Reserve appointment; Auxiliary training (voluntary and specialized training); TAP (tuition assistance program); US Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn.; Physicians Assistance Program; Civilian DOT ; Post graduate Education program
         

Army National Guard

1-800-GO-GUARD
http://www.goguard.com

3 Career Fields and 17 subspecialties US Citizen; age 17; High School diploma or GED; ASVAB; no criminal convictions; medical exam; 8 weeks All education benefits vary from state to state
         

Air National Guard

1-800-TO-GO-GUARD
http://www.ang.af.mil

180 Career Fields US Citizen; Medical specialties; enlistments are for 6 years 8 weeks Montgomery GI Bill; and up to $20,000 loan repayment incentive; PME (Professional Military Ed) requirements

 

last updated November 3, 2002

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