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Parental Support (00:37)

Army Sgt. John Calderon talks about his decision to join the Army and how supportive his parents were once they saw the research he had done.

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Marine Corps Recruiting

Marine Corps Recruiting (02:10)

Sgt. Hodges, a Marine Corps recruiter in Boston, discusses with potential applicants the career opportunities available in the Marine Corps.

  • Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Corps
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
A Look Inside Navy MEPS

A Look Inside Navy MEPS (02:26)

Learn about the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and what to expect by watching Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Hughner.

  • Navy Reserve, Navy
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Developing Officers of Character

Developing Officers of Character (01:32)

Air Force Academy cadets and instructors explain why good moral character means so much to them.

  • Air Force
  • Joining
  • Officer
Inside the Coast Guard Academy

Inside the Coast Guard Academy (09:52)

Watch a comprehensive overview of the Coast Guard Academy, located in New London, Conn., where students go for officer training.

  • Coast Guard Reserve, Coast Guard
  • Joining
  • Officer
The ROTC Experience

The ROTC Experience (01:10)

Maj. Otto Padron, an infantry officer, talks about ROTC and how it prepares students to be leaders in a military or civilian career.

  • Army Reserve
  • Joining
  • Officer
Air National Guard Recruiting

Air National Guard Recruiting (02:33)

An Air National Guard recruiter walks new recruits through the enlistment process.

  • Air National Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Joining the Air Force Reserve

Joining the Air Force Reserve (01:14)

Rachel Preble, an Air Force Reserve recruit in the Developmental and Training Flight Program, explains why she joined the Military.

  • Air Force Reserve
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
One-on-One with a Recruiter

One-on-One with a Recruiter (01:12)

Army Recruiter Staff Sgt. Roger Whaley shares the questions he typically asks a potential recruit.

  • Army
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Why the Air Force Academy?

Why the Air Force Academy? (01:59)

Instructors and cadets share what a person can expect from attending the Air Force Academy.

  • Air Force
  • Joining
  • Officer
A New Recruit

A New Recruit (02:53)

Seaman Recruit Cliff Boon talks about his thoughts on the enlistment process and joining the Coast Guard before he ships off to Recruit Training.

  • Coast Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
ROTC Training at Golden Gate Park

ROTC Training at Golden Gate Park (01:35)

Alex Fan and his fellow Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students engage in an exercise in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

  • Army National Guard
  • Joining
  • Officer
A Strong Start In Army ROTC

A Strong Start In Army ROTC ()

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) teaches leadership development, military skills and career training to college students alongside civilian academic studies.

  • Army Reserve, Army
  • Joining
  • Officer
Preparing for Basic Military Training

Preparing for Basic Military Training (01:38)

In the Student Flight Program, Air National Guard recruits train before shipping to Basic Military Training (BMT).

  • Air National Guard
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
An Enlistment Ceremony at Turner Field

An Enlistment Ceremony at Turner Field (03:14)

New and re-enlisting reservists take the Oath of Enlistment on "Air Force Reserve Night" at an Atlanta Braves baseball game.

  • Air Force Reserve
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
Making the Commitment — Again

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.

  • Army
  • Joining
  • Enlisted
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.

  • Coast Guard
  • Joining
  • Officer

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