Ways to Serve
The Military is made up of six 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.
Full-time 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 service members include the Reserve and National Guard, and train one weekend per month and two weeks per year.
Military Service Branches
As the oldest branch of the U.S. Military, the Army protects the security of the United States and its resources.
The Air Force protects American interests at home and abroad with a focus on air power.
The Space Force defends U.S. interests on land, in the air, and from orbit with a range of advanced training and technology.
The Air Force currently determines career and accession paths for military and civilian personnel assigned to, or wanting to be assigned to, the Space Force.
The Coast Guard is a maritime force offering military, law enforcement, humanitarian, regulatory and diplomatic capabilities.
The Coast Guard Reserve typically trains and serves near home, offering the chance to contribute part time and make a difference.