The U.S. Military consists of five active-duty Services and their respective Guard and Reserve units. All branches are equal parts of the United States Uniformed Services, headed by the president as commander in chief. The Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Coast Guard reports to the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and to the DoD (by way of the Navy) during wartime. Reserve and National Guard units perform as active-duty servicemembers on a part-time basis. These troops train close to home, deploying when needed to aid in international conflict or domestic disaster relief.
A Career in the Military
Considering a military career is an important discussion between you and your child. These Department of Defense PDF documents can help inform and separate misconceptions from reality. Download these documents, print them and prepare yourself with the facts.
Military Careers Step-by-Step
With thousands of jobs in hundreds of career fields, there are obviously numerous opportunities to seize and avenues to explore in the Services. However, with so many military jobs available to young adults, finding and obtaining the right one may seem a bit overwhelming at first. But the truth is, with the proper preparation and direction, the path to a successful and fulfilling career in the Military is a lot easier to realize. This link will help young adults take a look at four steps they should take into account when going through the enlistment process and considering job options.
Jobs in Today's Military
In the Military, people do just about every kind of work that exists in civilian life. They are physical therapists, computer repair technicians, photographers and journalists, management analysts, auto mechanics, life scientists and more. Free job training is provided for many of the thousands of individual military jobs. If a particular type of work interests you, you can probably find it in the Military.
Joining the Military: What to Expect
For a lot of people who join directly after high school, the Military means being away from home for the very first time. For others,
adjusting to the “military way of life” is a complete 180-degree turn from the life they are currently used to. Either way, the more
you know about what to expect, the easier it will be to settle in and prepare for success in your new career. This information is a
good place to start, and then a recruiter can give you more information about specific Service branches.