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Military Careers

The United States Military exists to protect our country, our interests, and our allies. The mission of Military personnel is “to defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies.” Though a viable and honorable option for after high school, joining the U.S. Military requires more commitment than most post-secondary options. Make sure you know all the facts and take time to seriously consider the commitment before making your decision.

Enlisted Personnel

Enlisted personnel are the main workforce of the military. You can work your way up to a noncommissioned officer (NCO). They are still enlisted, but have greater responsibility for the welfare and tasks of the men and women under their leadership. A high school diploma is required to enlist. First enlistment contracts last eight years and the military will provide job training after you enlist. Contact Sandpoint area Recruiting Officers for more information about enlisting after high school.

Commissioned Officer

You generally must have a 4-year degree to become a commissioned officer in the military. There a couple general ways to become an officer: Academy and ROTC.

Military Academies

These undergraduate military colleges provide a Bachelor’s degree education in return for five years of active service as a commissioned officer after graduation. Competition is extremely high for admission into an academy.

US Military Academy
US Naval Academy
US Air Force Academy
US Coast Guard Academy

Many colleges and universities offer ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) programs for different branches of the military. The ROTC program is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes that trains and prepares you for a career as an officer in the U.S. Military. ROTC programs often pay part or all of your tuition and when you graduate, you have the opportunity to serve as a leader in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. You must be admitted to both the college and also the ROTC program. Each college’s ROTC program is different, so make sure you check with your school about theirs.