Military Opportunities Defined
Enlisted personnel begin at the lowest rank in the military and serve
as the main workforce. The military prefers candidates with a high school
education. With time, good service, and education, advancement can be
Officers begin at a supervisory rank. They must have a four?year college
degree from an accredited institution before being commissioned; however,
the military has several programs that lead to becoming a commissioned
Officer Candidate Schools
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
You Want a Full-Time or Part-Time Military Career?
The next question you should ask should be the degree of commitment
you are willing to make. The military is flexible and has several full-time
and part-time options.
In the regular service, personnel serve on a full?time basis. After
enlisting in the service, members are sent to basic training. After
graduation, they are sent to specialty job training schools. Upon completion,
they are assigned to a station or unit for duty. After 20 years of regular
service, members qualify for a military retirement.
The reserves are part?time military soldiers. Personnel serve an initial
period on active duty after attending basic training and job training.
After the training period, which usually lasts several months, reservists
are free to return to civilian life, but for the remainder of the service
obligation they attend training sessions and perform work in the job
specialty one or two days a month with their local unit. Once a year,
reservists participate in an active?duty training session for 14 days.
When reservists have completed 20 years of service and have reached
age 60, they are entitled to retirement, based on reserve pay.
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