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Planning to Join the Military but Unsure Which Branch is Right for You?

So you’ve decided to join the military but are unsure of which branch is right for you. You are bombarded with information and the decision can be overwhelming. Here are three tips that will help you choose which military branch is right for you.

1. Are You Qualified?

Before you begin to decide which branch is right for you. Make sure you are QUALIFIED! Different branches have different requirements such as age, education level, and your ASVAB score.

2. Make a Pros and Cons List

Okay, we know this sounds too simple for a decision that is this critical but hear us out. Knowing what you want before you decide will help you tremendously. A good place to start is asking yourself why you wanted to join the military in the first place. Despite what TV commercials and even recruiters may tell you, the mission of the military is not to provide you with skills you can use when you leave the military or to provide funding for college. These are byproducts of your service. TurtleWise has a community of gurus who can share their experiences with you. Communicate with Gurus to understand what various positions will entail. This should help you narrow down your interests. Then make your pros and cons list. Some things to consider are length of enlistment, additional pay allowances, or maybe even travel opportunities.

3.Think About Your Goals AFTER Service

Knowing what you want to do after your service in the military is just as important as knowing what you want to do while in service. Do you want to continue as a reserve?  Continue your education using the GI Bill? These are questions you need to ask yourself before choosing your branch. Perhaps you would like to fly commercially after serving. While the Air Force may seem like the obvious choice, all branches of the military have an aviation unit. Each branch is unique in the opportunities they provide. USMilitary.com has some information on some of the opportunities each branch provides. In addition, TurtleWise has gurus with years of experience to help you sort out which opportunities are available to you.

4. Talk to Your Local Recruiters

After you have a clear idea of what you want out of your service in the military, then talk to your local recruiters. They are knowledgeable about requirements and opportunities available in their branch and may be able to provide information on certain job availability and other useful information. Military.com has put together a great tip list for visiting a recruitment office. However, it is important to keep in mind that local recruiters are SALESMEN (and women) and are trying to sell their branch to you. Keep an open mind and talk to multiple sources of information. TurtleWise has expert gurus with years of military expertise that can provide you with unbiased and truthful information.

By Lindsey Milliken

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