Military after Highschool: What Is The Process?

If college isn’t particularly your thing, or you can’t find a field you’re interested in pursuing a career in, going into the military may be the answer for you. 

Deciding to join the U.S. Military is a big choice to make; you must be ready to dedicate a large chunk of your life.

But what is the process like? 

You will have to start by taking a MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Stations) test and a physical test.

If you pass you will get the opportunity to choose a job that is open, and will then be sent off and stationed in a base for Bootcamp training.

It will be a tough 9-12 weeks (depending on what job you choose) of physical and mental training, where the grueling work and long hours make sure that anyone who stays is dedicated enough to the cause.  

After Bootcamp you will be stationed elsewhere and complete your job between 1-15 years depending on your career/education plan.

However, what if you change your mind and want to go to college after all? 

If you are going to college after 4-5 years of service the Military will pay 100% of your college tuition through the Tuition Assistance Program

Along with this, the military gives you competitive pay and collective benefits: as a soldier/veteran, you and your family are able to use the low-cost Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, as well as a military health-care plan called TRICARE that provides medical and dental care at little or no cost.

Along with its good pay during service you will receive cost-of-living adjustments, housing allowances, unique opportunities, and bonuses. 

The longer you serve and continue to move up in rank, the more you earn.