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How can I join the military?

What is required for me to join the military? I want to just be a soldier to go out on the field and fight. I know there will be harsh training and death but I am up for the challenge.

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Rorique’s Answer

If you are thinking about joining the military, it will definitely help to know what you want to do IN the military. What is usually presented to you via TV and stories is a very limited sample of the wide variety of jobs within the military. As one of my commanders said, "Everybody gets off this bus at some point...". Work on a plan for after the military, even before you join. Being infantry doesn't necessarily translate to skills on the outside like driving trucks, learning medical trades, or being an aircraft mechanic, like me.

As for preparation to join, there are fitness and weight parameters you must fall within, you need to have a decent Police record, and some tattoos may hinder your joining, depending on the branch you're looking to join. Many of these requirements have flexibilities on them, so don't think you're eliminated from qualifying if everything isn't perfect.

Finally, before talking to a recruiter, do some research on available jobs within the branches and advocate to get to those spots: the spots the recruiters will work to put you in are many times open for a reason.
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Steven’s Answer

There are a couple of ways to approach this. Regardless of the approach you need to first decide which branch do you think you want to serve in (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) then which specialty/skill you think you wish to do . The military is a good place to learn a life skill to use when you come out of the service. You learn an occupation and gain experience and then you can apply that to the type of work you wish to do when no longer in the military.

You can research each of the branches on the internet to see what the current requirements are to join. Or, you can search the location of the nearest recruiters office to your location and go pay them a visit. They can answer all of your questions directly while in their office. The preferences always start with HS grad or in many cases a GED and be reasonably physically fit. The physical part will get worked on in basic training a lot. It helps if you are better prepared for that when you go in.
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Fred’s Answer

The requirements will vary by country and branch. You should be able to do an online search and find each branch's requirements.

It will also vary depending on whether you want to try and be an officer or an enlisted.

For example, you can find the U.S. Army requirements here: https://www.goarmy.com/how-to-join.html

Please note: I am not, nor have I ever been in any country's armed forces.
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Kim’s Answer

The basic requirements are to be a HS Grad/GED (depends on service needs), be of good moral character (no criminal background, etc), to be physically, mentally, and emotionally fit (things like color blindness will disqualify you from certain jobs, as will past rx drugs for mental health problems, depending on the drug and time since you have been off of it, etc.; ), and you must pass the ASVAB - that's the military entrance exam. Your scores on different parts of that test will determine your aptitude for certain positions. Then, based on your qualifications and desires, and, the military's need at the moment, you will be given your job assignment. You then go to basic training, and on to specialty training.

That's a bit over-simplified, but, is the general way it will go. It's important to find a recruiter who will spend time going over all of this with you, and, to get any promises in writing. It would probably help to have an adult with you to review everything before you make the big commitment.

Thank you for your interest in service to our country - good luck!
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Peter’s Answer

I served in the Infantry, followed by the Ranger Regiment, and then Special Forces. You can search online for basic requirements, such as a high school diploma. Ensure you don't have any medical issues that could disqualify you, but keep in mind that waivers are available. Consult a doctor and inform them about your intention to join.

It's important to note that over 70% of young people don't qualify due to poor physical fitness. Begin exercising! Running, push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups can significantly improve your chances of securing a combat role in the military. Based on this, I recommend considering the Army or Marine Corps Infantry.

For further inquiries, connect with me on LinkedIn, and we can have a one-on-one conversation. Unfortunately, I cannot share my email address here. Good luck!

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