Careers in the Military
To Serve as an Enlisted Service Member
The first step towards enlistment in the military is to talk with a military recruiter. Each high school is served by a recruiter from each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard). Check with your Career Center to make an appointment.
Military Entrance Processing (MEPS)
MEPS determines an applicant's physical qualifications, aptitude and moral standards as set by each branch of the military. MEPS includes:
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – an exam that helps determine careers for which a candidate is well suited. The test is available online and in paper format.
- Pass physical examination
- Meet with a counselor and determine career
- Take the oath of enlistment.
To Serve as a Military Officer
There are four ways to become a military officer:
- Attend a Senior Military College and Academy – students interested in attending a service academy –such as West Point- need a congressional letter of recommendation. Applications are due in the Fall of the senior year. Jurupa's Congress Member is Mark Takano (https://takano.house.gov). Students can also apply for a letter with either of California's Senators- Dianne Feinstein (www.feinstein.senate.gov/public) or Kamala Harris (https://www.harris.senate.gov).
- Attend a traditional college and complete the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program
- Attend Office Candidate School (OCS) after graduating for college
- Received a direct commission after earning a professional (advanced) degree.
For more information visit http://todaysmilitary.com/joining/becoming-a-military-officer