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.
NJROTC Scholarship: The NROTC Scholarship program offers the chance to attend a 4-year university of your student’s choice (so long as the university has an NROTC unit - there are over 100 colleges and universities to choose from across the United States that do), pursue a degree in any discipline, and live a "traditional" college student lifestyle (with ALL tuition and fees paid for). In addition, your student will receive a monthly stipend and attend summer training during which they will be paid as an Active-Duty E5 (Sergeant).
Enlistment into the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program is NOT a requirement to apply for this scholarship. In fact, even those individuals who are awarded a four-year scholarship incur ZERO obligation to the Marine Corps until they begin their Sophomore year of college. As an example, an individual could attend their Freshman year of college on scholarship, decide that military service is not for them, and withdraw from the program without owing anything in terms of money or obligated service. They would still be able to complete their college education at that university as a normal civilian college student. The application is completed online, at the following link: https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/
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