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There are many opportunities in the different branches of the Military.  Serving in a branch of the military is a big commitment.  Make sure you know and understand everything you are required to do.  Most branches of the military also provide job training or help those enlisted with college and even funding college.

The 5 branches of the Military are:

Army-The Army is the main ground-force for the United States and is the largest branch of the military.  They have 2 reserve forces that can be called upon if necessary:

Army Reserves- owned and operated by the federal government
Army National Guard- state owned and operated (although they can be called upon by the federal government if needed)

*Official website- http://www.army.mil/


Coast Guard- The Coast Guard, in peaceful times, are mostly concerned with boating regulations and safety, illegal immigration, sea rescue and law enforcement.  In times of conflict, they will be called upon for a variety of missions. The Coast Guard's reserves are:

Coast Guard Reserves
Coast Guard Auxiliary- volunteer group

*Official website- http://www.uscgmil/


Air Force- The Air Force protects the US and its interests by way of the air.  Use of fighter aircrafts and bombers, among others, are used.  They have 2 reserve forces that can be called upon if necessary:

Air Force Reserves
Air National Guard

*Official website- http://www.af.mil/


Navy- The Navy protects the freedom of the seas and helps supplement the Air Force air power in times of war.  The Navy's reserve forces are:

Naval Reserves

*Official website- http://www.navy.mil/


Marines- The Marines primary role is to capture and control beaches which then provide a path to attack the enemy.  The Marines are, for the most part, self sufficient, although they will utilize the Navy for medics, doctors and nurses.  The Marine Corps' reserves are:

Marine Corps Reserves

*Official website- http://www.marines.mil/


ASVAB
Anyone who wishes to enlist in a branch of the Military must take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery).  The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test.  Scores in 4 critical areas- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge- count towards the AFQT (Armed Forces Qualifying Test) score.  The AFQT scores determines whether a person is qualified to enlist in the U.S. Military.

Becker High School offers the ASVAB once a year.  Check with the counseling office when the next test date is.

Check out the ASVAB website for more information.