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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.


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.


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.


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


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