How to Enlist
If you've decided you're ready to go for it, enlistment itself is usually pretty easy. Your recruiter should be able to walk you through the process. 1. Contact a recruiter. This person will be your first official contact with the military. While you do have to keep in mind that they are partially salesmen and may not tell you everything, they are still your #1 source for information. You can go to any of the official websites and find the page called "Request Information", "Get Started", "Apply Now", or something similar to get started online. To talk to someone in person, you can also click your preferred area of service below to find local recruiter contact information:
2. Know the basic eligibility requirements for your branch. (Your recruiter will go over this with you.) If you are still 17, this will also mean making sure that your parents will sign their consent for you to join. 3. Go through military entrance processing; this will include an aptitude test, physical examinations, the selection of a specific military job path, and your official swearing in. 4. Prepare for Basic Training (boot camp). If you sign up during your senior year of high school, you will likely have signed on for a Delayed Entry, which means that you won't attend boot camp until after graduation. Otherwise, it may be just a few weeks (or even days) between your official enlistment and your transfer to Basic Training. Some habits to get into before entering Basic Training can be found here, and you can also read up on some specific workout suggestions. To learn more about what to expect out of boot camp in each different branch, click here.
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