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Joining the military is a big decision. The benefits of serving can be tremendous: training, honor, education, travel, pay, and self-discovery. However, military service is not for everyone. It requires self-discipline, intense physical work and time away from family and friends while protecting America and its citizens at home and abroad. These links aims to help young people and their families understand service options and benefits so they can make informed choices.
United States Air Force
U.S. Air Force - Official Site
The official website of the Air Force contains all the latest news and information for active duty airmen and officers, retirees, reservists, and civilians. The site also contains information on careers, as well as an extensive section on the history of the Air Force.
The recruiting site of the U.S. Air Force contains a video guide that helps students explore both enlisted and officer opportunities in the service. Information on careers, education, Air Force life, basic training, finding a recruiter, and real life videos, downloads, and personal stories from Airmen is also included.
Air Force Reserve
The Air Force Reserve contributes daily to the Air Force mission and is actively involved in military operations around the world. The primary charge of the AFR is readiness, providing the nation's leaders with reserve units and people who are trained and ready for duty at a moment's notice. The AFR website contains information on benefits, education, training, financial assistance, missions, and contacting a recruiter.
Air Force ROTC
Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at over 1000 colleges and universities across the U.S. that prepares you to become an Air Force officer. Visit the AFROTC website for information on academic programs, careers in the Air Force, scholarships, admissions, and the benefits of the ROTC program.
U.S. Air Force Academy
The Air Force Academy's mission is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the Air Force in service to their nation. The academy's website contains information on cadet life, academics, admissions, and the institution's history.
Air National Guard
The Air National Guard is a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force. Today's Guardsmen and women are your doctors, lawyers, police officers, cooks, teachers, and factory workers, white and blue-collar workers. They are your civilians in peace; Airman in war - they guard America's skies. Visit the website to learn about the benefits of the Air National Guard, and how to join.
United States Army
Carlos Ortiz, Army Recruiter
Army Recruiting Station, Santa Rosa
U.S. Army - Official Site
The official U.S. Army website offers updated information about Army life, history, career management, becoming a soldier, and news from around the world. The site also contains video and audio clips that let you experience Army life firsthand.
The recruitment site of the Army contains profiles of 10 different soldiers - including artillery scouts, physicians, helicopter pilots, and snipers - talking about what their life in the army is like. The site also contains a information on the benefits of service, what jobs the Army offers, a question and answer section, how to find a recruiter, and a special section for parents. There is even a recruitment page en Espanol.
U.S. Army Reserve
The Army Reserve gives you the freedom to train near home and pursue your goals while standing ready to serve your country. This site helps you explore a potential career in the Army Reserve with information about jobs in the reserve, benefits, video profiles of reservists, and how to locate a recruiter or reserve center.
Army National Guard
The Army National Guard is a component of the Army that is composed primarily of traditional Guardsmen - civilians who serve their country, state, and community on a part-time basis (usually one weekend each month and two weeks during the summer).
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
Army ROTC provides individuals with the tools, training, and experiences they need to become officers in the Army, while they are attending college. Those that graduate from the program are commissioned as Second Lieutenants.
U.S. Military Academy - West Point
The USMA prepares its students for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army. The academy's website contains information about admissions, cadet life, academic programs, and the West Point experience. There is also information for parents who have a child attending or applying to the acade
United States Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard - Official Site
The United States Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service and one of the nation’s five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests – in the nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.
The recruitment site of the U.S. Coast Guard lets you explore Coast Guard life through information about career paths, benefits, scholarships, and USCG history.
U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
Coast Guard Reservists spend an average of one weekend a month and two weeks a year performing duties vital to our nation's security. Reservists work alongside the 40,000 active duty Coast Guard men and women ensuring the safety of local communities. Reserve support is critical to meeting Coast Guard missions. Homeland Security, including maritime law enforcement, environmental protection, search and rescue, aids to navigation and port security are among the many missions the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve do best.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is proud to educate leaders of a multi-mission, maritime military force. As a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard, you will be leading a team of men and women who are continually called on to serve their community, country and fellow citizens. The Academy provides a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program with a full scholarship to each accepted individual. The academy's website contains information on academic programs, admissions, careers, cadet and campus life, and Coast Guard history for prospective cadets and their parents.
United States Marines
U.S. Marine Corps - Official Site
Learn more about life as a Marine on the USMC website. Available information includes recruitment, career paths, publications, and family support.
The recruitment site for the Marines contains a wealth of interactive features that introduce the Corps to potential enlistees. Information on education, history, training, career paths, and contacting a recruiter is included.
Marine Forces Reserve
The mission of Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) is to augment and reinforce active Marine forces in time of war, national emergency or contingency operations, provide personnel and operational tempo relief for the active forces in peacetime, and provide service to the community.
United States Navy
Ken Engler, EN1 (SW), Navy Recruiter
Navy Recruiting Station, Santa Rosa
U.S. Navy - Official Site
The official site of the U.S. Navy provides information for active duty military, families, and others, including Navy news, history, multimedia (photos, audio, and video), and careers.
The recruitment site for the Navy lets you explore various careers through video portraits of actual servicepeople. Visit the site for information about the Navy, careers and jobs, benefits, and finding a recruiter. The site even has a section for parents and an interactive video game.
United States Naval Academy
The Naval Academy gives young men and women the up-to-date academic and professional training needed to be effective naval and marine officers in their assignments after graduation. Information on academics, admissions, athletics, and student life can be found on the USNA website.