Enlist/ Active Duty
The student begins this process by speaking with a recruiter. Following this initial contact, the student would then need a physical and vocational aptitude test would be given to determine if the student qualifies for military and the best suited career type while in the military. Typical time commitment is 4-5 years. Students enlisted in the military are usually not attending college after high school but do receive educational benefits that they can use after their time in the military or even possibly during their enlistment.
ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) which is a college program that trains students to become officers in the military. There are college scholarships associated with the ROTC programs. The most common ROTC scholarship allows a student to participate in the ROTC program for the first two years of college without a monetary incentive and then have the option to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course. If the student chooses to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course, they are obligated to serve time with the military. There are also four year ROTC scholarships, which also require the student to serve in the military after graduation from college.
A military academy is a four year college. Students attending one of these schools receive a full four-year scholarship that is valued at more than $350,000 (tuition, room and board, medical and dental care and a monthly salary) Students are required to fulfill an obligation to the military upon graduation. The admissions process for military academies is quite extensive. Students interested in this option need to begin researching the application process in the sophomore year of high school. Selection at the military academies is based on scholastic achievements, involvement in school and community activities, leadership achievements and athletic achievements. Students are also required to obtain a congressional or presidential/military nomination to be considered.
General Military Websites
Today's Military: www.todaysmilitary.com
Active Duty: www.airforce.com
United States Air Force Academy: http://www.usafa.af.mil/
Air Force ROTC: www.afrotc.com
Active Duty: www.goarmy.com
United States Military Academy at West Point:www.usma.edu
Army ROTC: www.goarmy.com/rotc
Active Duty: www.uscg.mil
United States Coast Guard Academy: www.cga.edu
Active Duty: www.marines.com
United States Naval Academy: www.usna.edu (There is no specific Marine Military Academy)
Active Duty: www.navy.com
United States Naval Academy: www.usna.com
Navy ROTC: www.nrotc.navy.mil
Best Colleges Military Resources
The College Guide for Service members and Veterans
Guide to understanding ROTC programs