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The Need-to-Know Guide to Joining the Military
Introduction: What’s in Here? …………………………………………………………………………2
Why Should You Join the Military? Choose between Active Duty and the Reserve The 5 Basic Steps to Joining the Military

Section 1: What Are the Rewards of Service? ……………………………………………………4
Education Benefits (Including GI Bill, College Funds, & Tuition Assistance) Advanced Technical orSpecialty Training Your Cash Rewards! (Including Pay & Enlistment Bonuses) Your Everyday Rewards! (Including Vacation, Pension, Health Care)

Section 2: What to Expect from Military Service ………………………………………………10
On-Duty (at Work) Off-Duty (at Play)

Section 3: Do You Have What It Takes to Qualify? ……………………………………………11
Requirements to Qualify The Enlistment Process - Talk to a Recruiter - KnowWhat You’re Getting Into - The ASVAB - The Medical Examination - Remember: Be Honest - Make Sure You Get the Best Deal - Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Section 4: Survive Military Training …………………………………………………………………15
Basic Training Advanced Technical and Specialized Training

Conclusion ……………………………………………………………………………………………………16

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Introduction: What’s inHere?
Have you ever bought a car, stereo equipment, a computer, or some other expensive electronics? Are you sure you got the best deal possible? What if you had all the important information and product comparisons right at your fingertips, in an easy-to-read guide? Well, you should approach joining the Military the same way you would if you were buying a car … carefully, and fully armed withinformation. That is why Military.com has created this collection of facts, tips, and advice to ensure that you get the best recruiting deal possible. Don’t get tripped up by the recruiting process – read on, and get the inside scoop on how to get ahead. This guide supplies answers to important questions like: What kind of life will I have in the military? Do I have what it takes? What do I get forserving in the military? What should I ask my recruiters? Can I make it through boot camp? How can I get the most benefits possible? First ask yourself: Why do I want to join? If you can’t answer this question, then you need to take the time to consider it carefully. There • • • • • • • • • • • are thousands of good reasons to join the military, including: Answering the call to serve your countryTaking a stand against terrorism Educational and monetary benefits that can last a lifetime Personal satisfaction and pride Family tradition Honor Devotion to duty Learning useful new skills Full-time employment Job security Personal improvement

Whatever you decide, when you decide to join, be sure you have a good reason to do so. Choose between Active Duty and the Reserve When you enlist inthe Armed Forces, you have the option to enter the Active Duty, the Ready Reserve, or the National Guard. Active duty means that the military will be a full-time job: you will live where you are stationed (the U.S. has bases worldwide) and receive a full-time paycheck. On the other hand, being in the Reserve or National Guard is a part-time job, where you serve only one weekend a month and two weekseach year for training. As a reservist you get most of the same benefits as active duty servicemembers. Keep in mind that reservists are subject to mobilization; this means that the part-time job could go full-time if your country needs you. Did You Know? You get virtually the same benefits from serving in the reserves as you do in the regular military, with only a part-time commitment. When youjoin the military, you will be given a pay grade, which determines your rank and the amount of money you will receive each month. Enlisted servicemembers have pay grades between E-1 and E-9. Officers earn more money, and have pay grades between O-1 and O-9 (and also W1 through W5 if you are a
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warrant officer). If you are an Enlisted servicemember, you...
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