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Making the Commitment — Again

Soldiers have the option to reenlist in the Army as long as they meet qualifications and do so at least three months prior to their separation date.

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Meeting a Marine Recruiter

Meeting a Marine Recruiter (02:08)

Marine Corps recruiters describe the traits they look for in future Marines.

  • Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Corps
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Induction Day

Induction Day

During Induction Day, approximately 1,200 new midshipmen begin four years of training and education at the Naval Academy.

  • Navy Reserve, Navy
  • Joining
  • Officer
For the Sport of It

For the Sport of It (01:27)

The U.S. Air Force Academy offers a wide variety of intramural sports as a fun way to stay active and build student camaraderie.

  • Air Force
  • Joining
  • Officer
Coast Guard Academy Training

Coast Guard Academy Training (00:55)

Students at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., participate in training exercises.

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  • Joining
  • Officer
Serving at Minot Base

Serving at Minot Base (02:48)

Servicemembers at Minot Air Force Base in Ward County, N.D., talk about their roles in the Military and why they chose to serve.

  • Air National Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
MEPS: Physical Exam

MEPS: Physical Exam (01:42)

Every applicant must undergo a physical exam at MEPS to ensure he or she can meet the demands of service.

  • All Services
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
A Student and a Soldier

A Student and a Soldier (01:14)

Jeff Davis, an Army ROTC cadet at Old Dominion University, balances his college education with his military training.

  • Army
  • Joining
  • Officer
Oath of Enlistment

Oath of Enlistment

Lt. Scott Woods, left, administers the Oath of Enlistment to Machinist's Mate 1st Class Adam Bunker-Worley on Ellis Island in New York Harbor.

  • Navy Reserve, Navy
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Why the Coast Guard?

Why the Coast Guard? (03:34)

Seaman Recruit Anthony Lawing, a recent college graduate, explains why he chose the Coast Guard as a career option.

  • Coast Guard Reserve, Coast Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
A Checkup at MEPS

A Checkup at MEPS

An Army National Guard recruit receives a physical at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).

  • Army National Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
New Opportunities

New Opportunities (00:29)

An Air National Guard member discusses the opportunities for world travel and education that the Guard offers.

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  • Joining
  • Enlisted
MEPS: ASVAB Testing and Career Counseling

MEPS: ASVAB Testing and Career Counseling (02:31)

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery of tests, commonly called the ASVAB, is designed to help match military applicants with the right careers.

  • All Services
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Army ROTC Training

Army ROTC Training

Army ROTC cadets build up their physical strength, teamwork skills and leadership abilities through various exercises.

  • Army
  • Joining
  • Officer
Marine Officers Take the Oath

Marine Officers Take the Oath

Marine officers take their Oath after completing Officer Candidates School and accepting their commission.

  • Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Corps
  • Joining
  • Officer
DEP Recruits Take the Oath of Enlistment

DEP Recruits Take the Oath of Enlistment

Recruits in the Air Force Delayed Entry Program (DEP), also known as "Deppers," take the Oath of Enlistment at Sam Boyd Stadium at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

  • Air Force
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Making a Difference

Making a Difference (02:51)

After attending college, Seaman Recruit Annie Nguyen realized that she might prefer serving in the Coast Guard.

  • Coast Guard Reserve, Coast Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Taking the ASVAB

Taking the ASVAB

An Army National Guard recruit takes the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).

  • Army National Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted

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