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What do I need to be able to join the military?

I'm a junior in high school and I want to join the army but I'm not sure what's required of me or I want to study criminology but want to know more about this.

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James’s Answer

Hi there,

Every military branch has unique prerequisites, but they all necessitate some form of health assessment and successful completion of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). If you're considering enlistment, a high school diploma or its equivalent is necessary. On the other hand, if you aspire to be an officer, a degree is required. To provide you with more specific guidance on physical requirements and potential paperwork, kindly let me know which military branch you're interested in joining.
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Nirvana’s Answer

Figuring out your future career path while you're still in high school can be a daunting task! The military and college offer excellent opportunities to discover your strengths and interests and see how they align with various professions. The military has the added benefit of providing hands-on experience, a steady paycheck, and the potential for tuition reimbursement once you choose a college major. However, it's important to remember that military service can involve hazardous assignments and once you've enlisted, changing your mind isn't an option.

To make an informed decision, it's crucial to stay inquisitive, ask questions, and conduct thorough research. Information about the military's requirements is readily accessible online, and there are plenty of resources available to help you prepare for the entrance exam.
Thank you comment icon Nirvana, thank you! Daisy
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Matt’s Answer

Hi Daisy!

Joining the military is a life changing event and am excited you are passionate about the opportunity. Like many others have mentioned I would reference the Army's career website to see the exact jobs that are available.

The next step would be to visit an Army recruiter - and to be very specific about what you want to do. There will be many other options that may include a signing bonus, but more important is selecting a position you are passionate about.

Educational opportunities: After serving in the military for 3x years the military does provide the opportunity to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill where you would be able to get a fully funded education, room and board, and a living stipend to pursue a college degree. This is one of the best hidden secrets often not told to high school students.

Wishing you the best, Go Army!
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david’s Answer

This page provides that: https://www.goarmy.com/how-to-join/requirements.html and this site has info on Army careers:
https://www.goarmy.com/ That can be a challenging and rewarding career, and I wish you well. I learned (and matured) a lot during my military service.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Daisy
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Patrick’s Answer

Hi Daisy. If you haven’t already, ensure that your high school offers the ASVAB assessment. This is a general assessment of your skills and is required prior to enlistment. It’s not hard, and you don’t need to study. You will need to fit several basic physical requirements; be of a certain height, have a BMI within a certain range, not have any major physical ailments such as foot deformities, uncorrectable poor eyesight, or certain chronic diseases. Once you get the medical green light you will undergo a character assessment and background check where, among other things, they will ask you if you’ve ever used drugs (“just say no” to drugs if you know what I mean). Once you have been determined to be eligible for military service you will need to select a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) which will be your “job” in the military. Your recruiter may inform you that only certain MOSs are open to new recruits at that time, however they will always have several options open to you. It is recommended that prior to enlisting you have a clear idea of which MOSs you would like to enlist for, and bear in mind that “combat” MOSs will have a very different lifestyle and tempo to non-combat MOSs. Upon enlistment you will be presented with your contract, which will include your desired MOS and term of service, typically 4 years for active duty Army. When signing your contract your recruiter will let you know about the process going forward ie your swearing-in ceremony, basic training date and location etc. One last thing, if you are interested in criminology I would strongly suggest enlisting as Military Police. It’s great preparation for a career in law enforcement or criminal justice, and you may just have the pleasure of pulling people over on the German autobahn. Best of luck
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much! Daisy
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Ezra’s Answer

Hello,

The armed forces will conduct a series of evaluations to ensure you meet their standards. Your journey begins at the recruiter's office, where you'll take the ASVAB, a test designed to gauge your abilities. Following this, they will inquire about your history, including any past drug use and medical procedures you've undergone.

After this preliminary screening, you'll undergo a comprehensive medical examination conducted by healthcare professionals. This is to ensure you are physically capable of serving. Some military branches also require a physical fitness test to confirm your readiness to don the uniform.

Moreover, there's a fantastic opportunity for you to continue your education while serving. The military offers tuition assistance, allowing you to pursue your interest in criminology concurrently with your service.
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