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Hello, I am a student enrolled in Job Corps. My ultimate career goal is to enlist in the U.S. Army. I am in pursuit of receiving certification in Protective Services at Job Corps, which takes around 6 months to complete. Will serving in Job Corps give me the opportunity for Advanced Enlistment Rank?

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Kevin’s Answer

That depends. How far are you willing to go to make it happen. You are going to need a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Getting your certifications will help. You also have the opportunity to do advanced training and/or attend a community college. All of these will give you better odds.

Beyond that talk with your recruiter. Before you join, get it in writing......
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Vince’s Answer

Benjamin,

You should ask an Army recruiter if this specific certification will help. Education (High School, College), Time in Service and "Schools" all lead to promotion points when you are in the Army. By "Schools", I mean the Army has a number of job qualifications you can attend to enhance your own personal tool box. For instance, you could be an infantryman but also have a combat engineer or airborne designation. Those designations are awarded by attending specific Army training. I do not know if the Proctective Services at Job Corps applies. Talk with a recruiter and they can give you a great run down of opportunities.

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