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Step 3: Choose the right path
Enlisted or Officer
Every year more than 180,000 people enlist in the armed
forces. Nearly another 20,000 become officers. Both enlisted and officer careers
provide rewarding experiences, educational and training benefits, and competitive
Choosing to enlist or become an officer involves different
requirements, commitments and responsibilities. And of course, serving in one
service branch can be very different from serving in another service branch.
If you haven't already, check Comparing the Services for some basic facts about
the differences between services.
In these pages, you'll get a look at what each branch has to offer for both
enlisted and officer candidates. Be sure to also check with your local recruiters
to get the latest information on benefits and career options.