Joining the military can be a great career move. Picking the right service is also very important. How are you going to choose? You can research online or ask family and friends for their opinions. Both places can be a great source of information but shouldn’t be the deciding factor. So what should be the deciding factor?
Here are 3 suggestions to help you choose the right service for you:
- You need to figure out what you want to get out of your military experience. Are you looking for an adventure, travel, training, or education? What type of job are you looking to do? Are you planning on making it a career? Once you figure out what you are looking for then it is time to move on to the next step.
- Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). This is the entrance test used by all services. This test will first of all tell you what service or branches of the military you qualify to join. The test will also give you and the recruiter a much better indication of what jobs you qualify for. Remember, testing for a service does not obligate you to that specific service until you swear-in.
- Go and talk with recruiters from every service (even if it is your last choice). Write down your questions. When talking with the recruiter, concentrate on what that service has to offer and not what the other services don’t. If there is a military installation in the area, ask for a tour.
Once you have gathered all the information, taken the ASVAB, and met with all the recruiters, it is now time to figure out which branch of the military you want to join. Remember all branches of the military pay the same, bonuses are nice but should not be the reason you join. This is your decision, just because your buddy joined a particular branch does not mean you have to.
Once you make your decision, let the recruiters from the services you didn’t choose know your intentions. Each recruiter will have a file open and will close out your file once you join. Notify the recruiter from the branch you have chosen, he or she will then begin to prepare you for joining.
There is no bad branch of the military, all have great benefits and awesome opportunities. You can’t go wrong if you are doing something positive with your life and all the branches offer life-changing experiences.
So what makes your branch of the military or the one your going to join the best?