Just because you have an interest in joining the US Military does not mean you will be defending your country within a couple of days. Instead, you have to go through the process that has been outlined by the Military. For most, this means meeting with a recruiter who can help you decide if a career in the Military is right for you.
Once you decide to make an appointment with a recruiter, you should prepare yourself to get as much out of the process as possible.
Generally speaking, the questions that you ask should help you better understand the following:
– Your eligibility
– What to expect as somebody serving in the Military
– The types of jobs that you are eligible for
– The benefits that you will receive
– The training that you are required to complete
Now that you know what type of information you are chasing after, it is time to compile a list of questions for your recruiter.
Since every individual is different, you need to ask questions that pertain to your personal situation. That being said, the following 10 questions are a great place to start.
1. What is the minimum commitment for this particular branch of the US Military?
2. When can I take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and what must I score in order to qualify for service?
3. What makes your branch of the Military better than the others?
4. Can you supply me with any literature on the types of jobs that are best for my interests?
5. How long is basic training, where does this take place, and what can I expect during this time?
6. What type of advancement opportunities are available in the career field that I am interested in?
7. What does the pay and benefit structure look like for somebody in my position?
8. Are there any educational benefits available, such as money for college?
9. Am I able to attend basic training with a friend (do I qualify for the buddy program)?
10. Which steps should I take next if I am interested in moving forward?
By asking these 10 questions, you can expect to be provided with a wealth of information. Along with this, the answers that you receive will likely open up the conversation to even more questions.
Remember, your US Military recruiter is available to answer questions and put your mind at ease. You should rely on this person as you attempt to make a final decision on whether you will enlist in the near future.