About the Military

Service Branches

The Military is made up of five branches, each with their own active-duty and part-time components. Each varies in service commitment, location and how its members contribute to the overall mission of protecting our country, though all components are on the same rank-based pay scale.

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Service Opportunities

Full-Time

Full-time, or active-duty, members of the Military typically live on base or in military housing. They can also live on ships or in homes off base.

Part-Time

Part-time service members include the Reserve and National Guard, and train one weekend per month and two weeks per year.

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Military Service Branches

Army

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Army

As the oldest branch of the U.S. Military, the Army protects the security of the United States and its resources.

Part-Time

Army Reserve

The Army Reserve trains part-time near home until needed, and members deploy alongside the Army.

 

Army National Guard

Army National Guard members deploy with the Army on a part-time basis. Their service focus is on the state level, but they may also serve nationally.

Marine Corps

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Marine Corps

The Marine Corps is often first on the ground in combat situations.

Part-Time

Marine Corps Reserve

Marine Corps reservists train domestically and deploy with the rest of the Corps.

Navy

Full/Part-Time

Full-Time

Navy

The Navy delivers combat-ready Naval forces while maintaining security in the air and at sea.

Part-Time

Navy Reserve

The Navy Reserve trains close to home. They serve in the U.S. or abroad in support of the Navy’s mission.

Air Force

Full/Part-Time

Full-Time

Air Force

The Air Force protects American interests at home and abroad with a focus on air power.

Part-Time

Air Force Reserve

The Air Force Reserve trains and serves on a part-time basis, performing flying and other specialized missions for the Air Force.

 

Air National Guard

The Air National Guard trains part-time to assist, first on the state level, but they may also serve nationally.

Coast Guard

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard is a maritime force offering military, law enforcement, humanitarian, regulatory and diplomatic capabilities.

Part-Time

Coast Guard Reserve

The Coast Guard Reserve typically  trains and serves  near home, offering the chance to contribute part-time and make a difference.

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