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Resources for Educators

As young adults consider their future plans, it’s up to teachers, guidance counselors and other educators to supply them with accurate and relevant information. Today’s Military offers many options for the right candidate, but navigating the possibilities can seem daunting to many teens. This is where you can help: by supplying the right information at the right time.

Free materials to share with your students

Futures Magazine.
Futures magazine, 2013 edition

True stories about real servicemembers

Download student information handouts:

Career Step-By-Step (PDF, 54K)
Jobs in the Military Overview (PDF, 54K)
Candidates: What to Expect (PDF, 64K)

  • You don't need to finish high school to join the Military.
  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent to enlist.
See other Myths vs. Realities

Time for Support

When a student first expresses interest in the Military (or when you first find it appropriate to recommend as an option), you will want to discuss basic entrance requirements and perhaps give an overview of the major Service branches. This is also the time to consider the ASVAB test, which helps match a student’s abilities with an appropriate military career. If your school system does not offer the ASVAB, you can direct your student to a testing center.

With or without ASVAB results, your students can explore military careers, estimated compensation, and service benefits. Educational benefits and tuition support are often very appealing to young people. Discussing and clearing up misconceptions is also important, and can lead to realistic goals. At this point, your student may be ready to visit a recruiter. With your help, they will know how to proceed and how to make the most of their experience.

Futures Videos:

Transcript of video clip

Futures Magazine

Futures magazine is an annual publication of the Department of Defense that features articles on men and women from all branches of the Military. Here, you can listen to their stories in their own words.

"It's very humbling and very rewarding."

As an Air Rescue Swimmer assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three (HSC-3), Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelvin Kolb jumps out of helicopters as part of his military career. During his time off, he keeps to the air as an avid skydiver – when he's not too busy fishing or enjoying time with his family. See what life in the Military is like for Kelvin on the land, sea and in the air.

Featuring: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelvin Kolb, Navy

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