Find the Right Branch for You
Exploring All Military Careers
Not quite sure where to start? The US military has a comprehensive tool that guides you to careers that might be the right fit. There are thousands of careers within the military, so chances are there are a few that fit your interests.
The minimum ASVAB score to enlist in the Air Force is 34. The US Army is the largest and oldest military branch.
The minimum ASVAB score to enlist in the Coast Guard is 31. The Coast Guard protects American ports and interests within American and international waters.
The minimum ASVAB score to enlist in the Marines is 32. US Marines focus on combat roles and specialize in amphibious operations.
Joining the National Guard enables you to work a full time civilian job and serve in the military part time. National Guard members draw earn while participating and enjoy educational benefits as well.
The minimum ASVAB score to enlist in the Marines is 35. The US Navy is America’s military force at sea with a variety of different career pathways.
The minimum ASVAB score to enlist in the Marines is 39. Space Force protects American interest in space and is the newest military branch.
Explore the educational benefits that come with military service
The GI BILL provides educational assistance to service members, veterans, and dependents. Use this tool to learn about the different educational programs you could be eligible for once you are enlisted and compare benefits by school or training program.
- Army National Guard & Air Force National Guard
- Education Assistance Program (EAP) through PHEAA
- Covers tuition & technology fee to approved schools in PA
- Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in college
- Can receive scholarships that cover tuition & some room & board
- Graduate as a military officer
- 8 year service commitment after graduating as an officer (3-4 years active & 4-5 years inactive ready reserve)
- Army Simultaneous Membership Program:
- Those already serving in Army Reserves or National Guard can join an Army ROTC program & earn both pay & benefits in addition to the ROTC allowance
- Community College of the Air Force
- All Air Force members are automatically enrolled and begin earning credits towards an associate degree in the following five career areas: Aircraft and Missile Maintenance, Electronics and Telecommunications, Allied Health, Logistics and Resources, Public and Support Service
Preparing to Enlist
Step One: Talk to a Recruiter
Talk to a military and see if a career in the military is right for you. Contact your local military recruiter listed below to find out more information about service.
- Air Force: Sgt. Burns firstname.lastname@example.org
- Army: Sgt. Ayala email@example.com
- Army National Guard: Sgt. Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coast Guard: The closest recruiting center is in Philadelphia. You can contact that office by emailing HQS-SMB-CGRC-ROPHILADELPHIA@uscg.mil.
- Marines: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Wallace email@example.com
- Navy: The local Navy recruitment office is located at: 896C Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601. You can contact the office by calling (717) 299-5600.
Step Two: Take the ASVAB
The ASVAB is the military’s aptitude test that determines what types of jobs you are best suited for. The ASVAB is offered at McCaskey twice a year. Local recruiter offices also host the exam. Preparing for the ASVAB is vital, its a common stumbling step for students.
Step Three: Finalize Enlistment
Once you take the ASVAB exam, you will need to go to the Military Entrance Processing Station to finalize enlistment. This includes passing a physical exam and taking the oath of enlistment.
Step Four: Complete Basic and Advanced Training
Once you graduate high school you will participate in your basic and advanced training. This is the official start of your military service.