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The U.S. Military

The U.S. Military provides training and work experience in a variety of military careers. Members of the Armed Forces work in almost all occupations that are available to civilians in addition to occupations that are specific to the military. Service men and women serve on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, or in the Reserve components of these branches, and the Air National Guard and Army National Guard. (The Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security.)

The military employs people in many different occupational specialties, many of which are similar to civilian occupations. To match military occupations with similar civilian occupations, the California CareerZone offers the Civilian Equivalent tool. You will need the military job title or job code to use the tool.

There are two- and four-year Reserve Officers Training (ROTC) Programs in colleges leading to a commission as an officer. During their junior and senior years of college, students can receive stipends of $450 to $500 per month.

Visit Today’s Military, a web site provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, to learn about military entrance requirements, how to contact a recruiter, and questions to ask a recruiter.

The U.S. Armed Forces Service Academies may also be options for you.