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  1. When you are 17 you can go talk to a recruiter and you should have some questions to ask your recruiter regardless of what branch of service you want to join. If you set a time to meet a military recruiter, be courteous and show up at that time. Prove you're reliable and a person of your word by arriving at the time you said you would. It shows you respect your own time and that of the person you're meeting. Be on Time!! One important note to keep in mind: Just because you talk to a recruiter doesn’t mean you’re obligated to join. Speaking with a military recruiter is an information-gathering process for you and them. How should you dress? Dress to Impress When you decide it’s time to see a military recruiter, being prepared for the meeting will make quite the impression. Like a job interview, you want to put your best foot forward. Yes, they need you, but regardless of that fact, it’s important to start the relationship off as professional as possible. What shouldn’t you wear to the recruiting office? Flip flops Torn clothing Clothing with explicit messaging Revealing clothing Business casual — like a polo and slacks or a nice blouse and skirt — are appropriate apparel to wear for meeting with a military recruiter. You don’t need to show up in a suit, but putting some effort into your appearance goes a long way in showing you actually care about presentation — a habit you’ll need to get into anyway if you plan to join the military. What to bring with you? A notebook. Pen or pencil. A list of questions. Below are a list of some questions you may want to ask (in case you can't think of any): How does the recruiting process work from start to finish? What is the Delayed Entry Program (DEP)? Why should I join the (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines)? What are the biggest benefits of this branch? What are the requirements for joining? What paperwork and/or medical information is required? What is the minimum length of my service commitment? How long is boot camp / basic training? What physical standards do I need to meet? How can I prepare physically for basic training? What is “boot camp” like day-to-day? What are the drill instructors like? Can I choose when to go to boot camp? What other training will I need based on the position I’m interested in? Where will I be stationed after boot camp? Do I have a choice? Can I choose the military job I want? How is the job assignment made? I want to be a (insert whatever job you're looking to do). What is the minimum ASVAB score I need? Can I talk with someone that does the job I want? What will I be paid? Are there any bonuses or incentives for specific jobs? What special incentives are available? Can you tell me about the GI Bill? How does it work? Can I pick what college I can go to? Do I have to use my GI Bill or can I save it? How often are service people promoted Too many potential recruits don’t take the first meeting seriously enough. Show up on time, dress appropriately, and have the right materials in hand. It will make your meeting go smoother and you’ll also get more out of it.
  2. Is the military your choice for a career? It's not a bad choice and if you ask me I believe we Americans should do what Italians do and require everyone who graduates serve their country for a minimum of two years. Then they have the choice to either stay with the military and work towards and nice retirement or go the public sector and find a job with a company. If the military is your choice, you should probably practice the ASVAB testing which practice testing is available on this website, ASVAB Practice Test Online but why do you need to practice? Most people think they can join any branch if they want which isn't true. Everyone wanting to join the Military must take a written test called ASVAB which stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. After taking the test you'll have to wait a few weeks for the results which is given to you as a number and that number tells you what branch of service you qualify for. Not only what branch you qualify for but what jobs in the service you qualify for. The higher the score the more job/career choices you have. Examples of 2018 minimum AFQT scores for entry into each branch, with a high school diploma, are as follows: Army & National Guard – 31 Marine Corps – 32 Navy – 35 Air Force – 36 Coast Guard – 40 So now you see what is the minimum score and now you don't like what you got you may have the question.... Can I Take the ASVAB Test More Than Once? The Answer is Yes. 1st Retake of the ASVAB you must wait one full calendar month to retake the ASVAB test 2nd Retake of the ASVAB you must wait an additional calendar month to retest 3rd Retake of the ASVAB you have to wait six calendar months to retake the ASVAB. 4th Retake of the ASVAB you have to wait six calendar months to retake the ASVAB. Any additional times are just like the 3rd and 4th where you have to wait six calendar months to retake the ASVAB. Where Can I Take the ASVAB Test? How Do I Schedule It? You can contact the Armed Forces Recruiting Officer in your area and you can schedule an appointment with a local recruiter from the branch of the military you wish to join. Honestly the best place for you to take the ASVAVB test (the least stressful) is your High School and/or if you are going to some ROTC program that is another great option versus coming down to the MEPS for ASVAB testing. Getting Ready For Your Test Date Now is also a good time to learn more about the specific sub-sections of the ASVAB test. You may be a pro at solving math problems, but if reading comprehension is not your forte it can bring down your overall ASVAB score, known specifically as your AFQT score. To study effectively for the ASVAB, you really need to begin studying at least two months before you plan to take the test, if not more! Here are some basic steps to take: Find a comfortable, quiet area to study. Gather paper, pens and pencils, a calculator and other tools. Make a basic study schedule. Making a Schedule Probably the most important thing is to make a schedule and stick with it. Some days, you will be a little tired, and you may not concentrate as hard as you should on other days, but if you are consistent, you will reap great rewards. When you first begin studying, you should make a list of the areas you are good at and those on which you could use improvement. If you're not really sure, it would be a great idea to take a practice ASVAB test. This will help you figure out what you're good and not so good at. For example, you might make a table like this: Section Current Skill Level Scale of 1 - 5: 1 = Low 5 = High AFQT Sections Arithmetic reasoning (AR) 3 Mathematics knowledge (MK) 2 Word knowledge (WK) 4 Paragraph comprehension (PC) 3 Extra Sections General science (GS) 11 Auto and shop information (AS) 11 Mechanical comprehension (MC) 19 Electronics information (EI) 9 Focus on Your Weaknesses Focus on the four essential sections, those critical to the AFQT score, first. From the example above, it seems that your verbal abilities are at least OK: you gave yourself a four on the word knowledge section and a three on paragraph comprehension. However, your math skills could use some work -- especially with mathematics knowledge, as you only have a skill level of two. This tells you that you'll have to work extra hard on the math sections. After you know the problem, the solution will come much easier. In the example above, you probably would want to spend about 60% of your time with math studying and about 40% with verbal. If you are really ambitious, you could throw in some studying time for the nonessential sections -- GS, AS, MC, EI. Once you have decided on a test date, it is important to register as early as possible. This will prevent any avoidable issues with test administrators needing enough time to make sure you are eligible to take the test. What if I fail the ASVAB? There is no pass or fail on the ASVAB. You cannot "ace" the ASVAB or "flunk" it! Your scores reflect your own abilities! The maximum score for all ASVAB tests is 99. You will want to do your best so that you will be eligible for the military skill specialty that matches your ability and interests. In addition, to be eligible to enlist in one of the military services, you must obtain a minimum Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, which varies between services as mentioned at the beginning. How long are ASVAB scores valid? ASVAB scores are good for two years.
  3. Military Entry Processing Station (MEPS) - Physical Testing This will include things like: Various medical exam (prepare to cough, lol) Background check (no criminal record, felonies, etc) Delayed Entry Program (DEP) swear-in Job counseling Choose your availability date for basic training Medical Examination They are making sure you pass physically regardless of what you told the recruiter. While at MEPS you will be examined by a Physician so wear clean underwear. 🙂 Background check You can't have a criminal record or felonies. If you have traffic tickets for speeding won't keep you out of the service but much more than that you'll not qualify for a career in the service. Delayed Entry Program (DEP) swear-in Once a month the DEP commander's call to prepare for basic training. You will be checked/verified you still remain qualified to join the Air Force. So just because you get sworn in and you did great on your ASVAB, if you mess up prior to the day you leave for Basic Training you can kiss your military career good bye. Job counseling Here you'll give your top 5 job desires. What do you want to do in the service? Obviously you won't have choices if you didn't score high enough. Choose your availability date for basic training You can pick when you want to leave for basic. Some people want to leave as soon as they graduate and then some want to wait a month or two before they start there career (there last bit of freedom before starting there future). Back in 1989 when I enlisted, I requested August which gave me a few months after I graduated. I wouldn't put that long if I could do it again and August is the hottest month in Texas (Lackland AFB) where boot camp is for the Air Force. I would leave within a month after graduation if I could do it again.
  4. Technical School typically comes after your Basic Training. Now based on what job the military assigns you depends on where you will be going for your schooling. Example for the Air Force they have four bases for Technical Training which include: Goodfellow AFB, TX Lackland AFB, TX (so in short you go to training where you went to basic) Sheppard AFB, TX Keesler AFB, MS
  5. As you can imagine this is one of the toughest parts about joining the service. Some call it boot camp, some call it basic training and some call it hell. During this time, they are testing you mentally, emotionally and physically. No matter what branch of service they need to make sure before they hand you a gun or work on a multi-million dollar piece of equipment or put others in harms way the military needs to know that you won't loose your crap when shit gets real. How long is Basic Military Training? This is a tough one to answer since it changes all the time. Currently its as follows (on average): Air Force: 8.5 weeks Army: 10 weeks Marines: 12 weeks Navy: 7-9 weeks Coast Guard: 8 weeks
  6. Now that you got your ASVAB score where you want it you need the following documents so go ahead and start putting them together so you aren't rushing to find them last minute Birth Certificate Social Security Card (not a copy) High School diploma or GED Drivers License College Transcripts (if any) Medical Records Casefile?? not sure what this is but the recruiter will tell ya Some notes you should know If you are wearing a uniform no tattoos can be exposed (not even a hint of one) If you do get a tattoo before you join the service it must be completely healed before you leave for basic... so probably no tattoo 3 months before you leave. You must be able to pass a drug test
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