So, you want to join the United States military . . .
Your next step is to contact your local recruiter. Instead of going in blind, you should prepare a list of questions to ask them before signing any papers.
“How does the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) work, and when can I use it?”
“When can I visit home?”
“How does daily life work in [insert branch here]?”
“What do I have to do to rank up?”
–E2 Brandon R. Ellis, U.S. Air Force
“What are the major differences in pay, benefits, and job opportunities between services?”
“How are you going to take care of my student loans?”
“How long do I have to enlist for?”
–PV2 William A. Nordman, U.S. Army
Ask Yourself: What Do I Want From the Military?
Are you planning on going to college during or after your service? Do you want to learn a certain set of job skills? Is the military going to become your career?
Making sure that you get the right MOS (Military Occupational Specialty), learning how to use your benefits, and knowing how military life works is essential in getting the most out of your military experience. Go in to your recruiter with a goal in mind, and discover how the military can help you meet it.
How does MEPS work?
Which jobs am I not qualified for?
How is my enlistment bonus determined?
What is the possibility of receiving a remote or overseas duty station?
Can I retake the ASVAB? (Higher score = more job eligibility!)
What is the pay like?
Go Get ‘Em!
Answering a higher call and enlisting in the military is an honorable thing to do; for some people, it’s a career they’re passionate about, and for others it’s a way to kick-start their lives. Regardless, be sure you have all the information you need so you can make the decision that’s right for you.