There are many options for military service. Opportunities include college scholarships and GI Bill funding, as well as high-quality training for civilian & military jobs/careers. Recruiters are the best source of information on your military options. You should talk to several recruiters to research all your options. As with other post-high school choices, there are steps to take during high school to prepare for these opportunities in military service.
Selective Service System - Draft registration and information about Selective Service is available at www.sss.gov
ROTC - Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarship Program -provides college-trained officers for individual service branches. There are branch specific ROTC programs with individual applications and requirements. Students should begin the process during his/her junior year. Students should take a college-prep curriculum, do well on the ACT (24-27 is the avg. ACT score), participate in school/community service activities, and pass a physical/agility exam & background check.
U.S. Service Academies - West Point, Air Force Academy, Annapolis, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard - because of the extremely keen competition for nomination for an academy, students are urged to apply to every nominating authority which his/her eligibility allows (2 Senators, congressman, children of veterans, etc.). Students receive 4 years tuition, room & board, and a monthly salary. After graduation from an academy, a student is obligated to be on active military duty for 5 years. Students need to begin the application process during their junior year by completing a PreCandidate Questionnaire.
Full-Time Service - Active Duty - students interested in active duty service should speak to several recruiters to decide which branch fits his/her needs. Students should take as much math and science as possible during high school, should take the ASVAB (aptitude test battery), and need to pass a physical/agility exam and background check.
National Guard/Reserve - students interested in National Guard/Army Reserve service should speak to a recruiter which program fits his/her needs. Students should take as much math and science as possible during high school, should take the ASVAB (aptitude test battery), and need to pass a physical/agility exam and background check.
Click on the links below to visit the websites
- United States Military Academy
- United States Naval Academy
- United States Air Force Academy
- U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
- United States Coast Guard Academy
Or call local offices:
- Army – (918) 250-5159
- Navy – (918) 250-5066
- National Guard – (918) 250-1380
- Army Reserve – (918) 744-6331
- Air Force – (918) 250-5939
- Marines – (918) 234-5600
- Air Force Reserve – (918) 582-3400
- Naval Reserve – (918) 251-2531