With two wars currently going on, joining the military during this time of need is easier than one may think.
What follows is practical advice for enlisting in the military and serving your country with honor.
Step 1: Select a Branch.
These branches are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In addition, there is the National Guard.
The Army is primarily responsible for land-based military operations. The Navy, as the name would apply, is responsible for naval-based operations. The Air Force, obviously, is responsible for controlling the airspace of America and it's allies. Lastly, there is the Marine Corps, which was established to be amongst one of the elite fighting forces within the military and fights in all terrains and conditions. The National Guard and Coast Guard are charged with protecting American lands and waters respectively.
When selecting a branch of the military it is important to take into account practical considerations that joining each branch of the military would entail. For instance, if you hate flying, it may be a bad idea to enlist for the Air Force. And if you get sea sick, you probably shouldn't enroll in the Navy or Coast Guard.
The best idea would be to research each branch carefully online here and then to speak with a recruiter from the branch that you are most interested in.
Step 2: Talk to a Recruiter
Step 3: Take Two ASVAB and Call Me in the Morning.
Step 4: Time to Report
The US Army requires that you bring the following:
-Social Security card
-Valid driver's license or current state identification card
-Original or certified copies of your marriage certificate, divorce decree or separation order (if applicable)
-Original or certified copies of birth certificates of children under 18; affidavit of support for parents; court documents and direct deposit forms if ordered to pay spousal and/or child support (if applicable)
-Proof of citizenship (if not born in U.S.A.)
-If you are married to a service member in the military, have the name, Social Security number and military address of your spouse
-Original or certified ROTC documentation (if applicable)
-Original college transcripts; GED or high school diploma
Step 5: No Such Thing As Unfit
Aside from the private defense industry, there is also an array of government organization related to defense that hire civilians such as the CIA and DARPA. Don't be afraid to explore your options and apply for alternative government posts.
Keep in mind that these jobs often require security clearance. Attaining security clearance involves a thorough background check, a lie-detector test and a full drug screening.