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From the Final Oath to Arriving at Basic

Recruits receive oath of enlistment.

After the paperwork is all done, you'll be sent back to the main waiting room to wait. You may have to wait here for awhile, while they get everyone else through the process. Then it's time to gather all your family and friends, if they came with you, and proceed back to the auditorium to swear in. Again, if you previously enlisted in the Reserves or National Guard, you won't be swearing in again. You sworein (for the final time) the l... more

Basic Training: The Places You'll Go

A group of basic trainees perform formation and parade drills in preparation of their graduation on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Cecilio Ricardo/U.S. Air Force

Finally, at the airport, they'll call your flight, and it's time to board the plane. If you've made it to this point, give yourself a pat on the back. Unless your aircraft gets hijacked, or over-run with rabid squirrels, you've got it made. Next stop — military basic training. The military branches have several basic training locations. Your destination depends on several factors, including the branch you joined, the location of your MEP... more

Army Recruiting Command Optimistic Amid 'Significant Challenges'

Army recruits at an enlistment ceremony.

WASHINGTON -- Army recruiting is facing "significant challenges" in the current economic climate in its mission to find young Americans qualified for service. Increasing obesity rates and declining academic qualifications among young people are driving down the number of Americans eligible for service, according to Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Batschelet spoke to r... more

Glossary of Military Terms & Slang

Military terms and jargon primary lead.

If you have a favorite piece of jargon or want to suggest a correction, let us know in the comments below. The U.S. military uses many unique items and concepts that civilians aren't exposed to. Because of this and the need for expedient, clear communication, service members are immersed in a linguistic world apart from the daily life of a civilian. Some are self-explanatory and others are completely cryptic, but they each have a specific... more

Boise, Idaho Native Overcomes Tumor in Spine to Become Marine

Recruit Esra D. Mullner

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- When Esra D. Mullner was taken to a doctor for consistent back pain he had no idea doctors would find a tumor in his spine. At the time, he was just 11 years old and doctors advised against the surgery because of the high risk and low success rate of the procedure. "I remember my mom told me and at the time I didn't understand what a tumor was," said Mullner. "I just remember my mom was mad tha... more

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One of the most important choices you will make when joining the military is what job you want to do. With hundreds of jobs to choose from, it can be very tough to narrow it down to just one. This section will give you some insight into many of the different jobs each service has to offer.

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