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Medical Conditions That May Prevent You From Joining the Military

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Below you will find details from the Army's "Standards of Medical Fitness." These standards generally apply to all other branches as well. Remember that most of these conditions are NOT necessarily permanently disqualifying, but they are red flags! If you have had a medical complication at any time in your life that is mentioned here, then you need to tell your recruiter. They will tell you whether your condition can be waivered, or if it is ... more

Enlisted Army Ranks

There are 13 enlisted ranks in the U.S. Army: Private, Private Second Class, Private First Class, Specialist, Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Sergeant First Class, Master Sergeant, First Sergeant, Sergeant Major, Command Sergeant Major, and Sergeant Major of the Army. You May Also Like: Army Basic Training PFT In general terms these Army ranks are broken down into three groups - Junior Enlisted (E-1 through E-4), NCOs (E-4 through E-6) a... more

Glossary of Military Terms & Slang

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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

How To Become An Army Officer

West Point induction

You can earn a commission in the U.S. Army through one of four programs: the U.S. Military Academy, the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps, the Officer Candidate School or direct appointment. All require applicants to be high school graduates, pass a medical and physical exam, and be at least 17 years old. U.S. Military Academy The U.S. Military Academy, located at West Point, N.Y., offers bachelor of science degrees in engineering and l... more

Joining the Navy Reserve

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The Navy Reserve is a force of highly trained men and women available to meet the expanded needs of the regular Navy. Reservists serve as officers or enlisted personnel, depending on their qualifications and interests. For more on general Reserve benefits and pay, the Benefits section. Navy Reserve Guidelines If you are interested in joining the Navy Reserve, you must be between the ages of 21 and 39 without prior serv... 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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