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Be Ready To Raise Your Right Hand

Making the Commitment to Serve

Everyone who joins the military has one thing in common, they must swear-in by repeating the enlisted or officer Oath. The Oath of enlistment is something that every service member must promise and adhere to for his/her entire military career. From the Oath, you can see that you will be defending the Constitution - not a person. Discipline and accepting orders is sworn to. Finally, you vow to face the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) s... more

What You Should Ask the Recruiter

Talking to Army Recruiter

Thinking about joining the military? Well, you probably have hundreds of questions. It never fails: you have all these questions, but once you walk into the recruiter's office you can't seem to remember any of them. There are several questions you need to make sure you ask your recruiter, and several things you need your recruiter should know. There are so many benefits to joining and so much information about the military, it is impossible fo... more

Soldier Uses Sports to Stay Resilient, Motivated

Spec. Sydney Davis

EL PASO, Texas -- Drive, camaraderie and a chance to be an athlete again drove one Army specialist from her hospital room to the archery range, track field and courts here to compete during the Army Trials. Army Reserve Spc. Sydney Davis, a former volunteer firefighter turned medical laboratory technician, participated during the Army Trials, March 28 through April 3, on Fort Bliss, Texas. The trials were held to determine who will compete a... more

Service Member Outlines Journey to Ranger School

2nd Lt. Warren Galloway

WASHINGTON -- "Every day completed is another day closer to the finish … Always remember why you're doing this."  2nd Lt. Warren Galloway spoke these mantras to himself when going through the U.S. Army Ranger School. Like most students' experiences, Galloway's Ranger School journey was mentally long and challenging. First Goal: Get to Ranger School Galloway was commissioned at Truman State University and wanted to become an infantryman. Ins... more

Guard and Reserve Frequently Asked Questions

Oregon National Guard members

What are the Reserves and National Guard? What are the qualifications to join the Reserves and National Guard? What are the types of Status within the Reserve and National Guard? What is the ASVAB? What are some benefits of joining? Do I have to join another branch of service first? Do the Reserves and National Guard take people with prior service? What about if I am not a U.S. citizen? Can the Res... more

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The Recruit


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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