Our son graduated High School and is off to serve and defend our country with the United States Air Force (the 2nd hardest branch of the service you can join based on ASVAB score requirements with Coast Guard being the highest/hardest to qualify for)
As you could probably imagine as a parent how exciting and scared you are for your kid even though many of us have been there without many of the luxuries that they have now a days. From what I heard they have scaled back quite a bit due
Technical School typically comes after your Basic Training. Now based on what job the military assigns you depends on where you will be going for your schooling. Example for the Air Force they have four bases for Technical Training which include:
Goodfellow AFB, TX
Lackland AFB, TX (so in short you go to training where you went to basic)
Sheppard AFB, TX
Keesler AFB, MS
As you can imagine this is one of the toughest parts about joining the service. Some call it boot camp, some call it basic training and some call it hell. During this time, they are testing you mentally, emotionally and physically. No matter what branch of service they need to make sure before they hand you a gun or work on a multi-million dollar piece of equipment or put others in harms way the military needs to know that you won't loose your crap when shit gets real.
How long is Basic
Military Entry Processing Station (MEPS) - Physical Testing
This will include things like:
Various medical exam (prepare to cough, lol)
Background check (no criminal record, felonies, etc)
Delayed Entry Program (DEP) swear-in
Choose your availability date for basic training
They are making sure you pass physically regardless of what you told the recruiter. While at MEPS you will be examined by a Physician so
Now that you got your ASVAB score where you want it you need the following documents so go ahead and start putting them together so you aren't rushing to find them last minute
Social Security Card (not a copy)
High School diploma or GED
College Transcripts (if any)
Casefile?? not sure what this is but the recruiter will tell ya
Some notes you should know
If you are wearing a unifo
Is the military your choice for a career? It's not a bad choice and if you ask me I believe we Americans should do what Italians do and require everyone who graduates serve their country for a minimum of two years. Then they have the choice to either stay with the military and work towards and nice retirement or go the public sector and find a job with a company.
If the military is your choice, you should probably practice the ASVAB testing which practice testing is available on this webs
When you are 17 you can go talk to a recruiter and you should have some questions to ask your recruiter regardless of what branch of service you want to join. If you set a time to meet a military recruiter, be courteous and show up at that time. Prove you're reliable and a person of your word by arriving at the time you said you would. It shows you respect your own time and that of the person you're meeting.
Be on Time!!
One important note to keep in mind: Just because you talk to a re