Today's Military

Celebrating the Choice to Serve

Since 1973, the United States has sustained an All-Volunteer Force (AVF). So much of what our nation has achieved over the past fifty years has been born from millions of willing individuals dedicated to something greater than themselves. Today more than 1.5 million people throughout the Military continue to embrace this higher calling.

Explore the sections below to learn how the AVF has provided service members with:

How Choice Leads to Change

People volunteer for service not just for themselves, but for the positive impact they can make among their peers, in their communities and around the world. Some of these meaningful opportunities include humanitarian aid, medical care, cybersecurity and engineering.

Learn more about the ways that people serve in the AVF.

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A Path Forward

In the AVF, service members can follow their personal ambitions and professional successes in many ways — this includes having multiple pathways to serve, an environment that promotes equality and the flexibility to pursue a well-balanced life.

Explore a day in the life of a variety of service members.

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Pursuing Personal Missions

There are countless reasons why people with goals just like yours have voluntarily joined the Military — to go beyond the expected while developing lifelong skills.

See how service members are making their aspirations a reality through educational benefits, advanced training and other opportunities for growth

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Types of Military Service

The U.S. Military consists of six active-duty Service branches and their respective Guard and Reserve components. Together, they offer a broad variety of ways to serve.