Even officers, who have to have a college degree, get trained heavily in leadership and the specifics of their job (surface warfare, pilots, submariners, etc.)
The number one thing that will make joining easier is getting in shape. Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and running. Do those until they're like breathing and you'll be amazed how much more your leadership will warm up to you since nowadays, physical fitness is declining among the ranks. Good luck!
Mitchell recommends the following next steps:
Be sure to prepare yourself physically and mentally for this journey. If you have a branch in mind, find out what their
physical requirements are and begin preparing for them. As far as mental preparedness, the military is what you make it.
Understand what the military is really like by talking to currently serving members of all branches. This will help you
understand what they do on a daily basis and what some of the differences are between the branches. These differences
could help you select the best fitting branch for you.
Think about what you want to get out of your military experience. Think about what job you would like in the future, after
your military career. Ask recruiters what jobs are offering signup bonuses and which career fields prepare you for industry
certifications. These are all factors that should play into your decisions.
If you enlist in the military also think about future education options. What does each branch offer for advancement and
educational opportunities. How can you prepare yourself for success after your military career is over.
Best of luck from a former enlisted Air Force aircraft mechanic.
Absorb their knowledge and see how it works with everything you’ve learned. If you want to really become an effective officer, get this guidance and work with your troops. You’re the planner and they’re the ones who act, but if you suggest impractical assignments and stuff that’s bonkers you’ll struggle.
You can inquire about JROTC programs at your high school or nearby high school. You can also ask a military recruiter at their office or when they visit your high school. It would also help to exercise daily to get your body used to it. Reading books by veterans about why they chose to serve would give you their perspective. I had an Uncle I first met at age 12 who told me to take all the math, science and English classes I could in high school to prepare me any opportunities I pre-qualified for. I also worked at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) as my last duty station and gave tests to those seeking different training paths.
I joined the Navy blind and did little research prior to. Next thing i knew it, I was promoted to E7 staring down retirement.