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Types of Military Service FAQ

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How long are people entering the Military obligated to serve?
The length of commitment depends greatly on the chosen Service, required training and a number of other variables. Military personnel may retire after 20 years of service and must retire after 30 years of service. It’s best to contact a recruiter to get a clearer picture of what a potential servicemember’s specific situation would call for.

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What does "part-time duty" mean?
Part-time duty is service in the Reserve and/or National Guard. The Reserve and National Guard are great ways to serve the country while getting the training, skills and qualities offered by the Military.

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Can members of the Military serve somewhere close to home?
Each of the full-time Services has Basic Training (“boot camp”), which is required for all entrants. After completing Basic Training, depending on further training requirements, a serviceperson may be assigned to a location far from his or her home and may often be asked to relocate for assignments. As such, there are no guarantees a member will serve close to home. Learn more about Basic Training.

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Are part-time servicemembers eligible for benefits?
Yes. For more information on pay and benefits, visit our compensation page.

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