The U.S. Military consists of six branches, Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard. Reserve and National Guard units perform as active-duty service members on a part-time basis. These troops train close to home, deploying when needed to aid in international conflict or domestic disaster relief.
For many young people, joining 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. That’s why it’s important to understand the general processes and conventions that are maintained throughout the Services — from enlistment through Basic Training. And while recruiters can offer specific information regarding each of the branches, we encourage you to research the all of the armed forces, below are a few links to help begin your search.