Ways to Serve

Service Branches

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.

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Service Commitment

Full Time

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

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

Military Service Branches

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Army Army

Full/Part Time

Full Time


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.

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Marine Corps 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.

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Navy Navy

Full/Part Time

Full Time


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.

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Air Force 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.

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Space Force Space Force

Full Time

Full Time

Space Force

The Space Force defends U.S. interests on land, in the air, and from orbit with a range of advanced training and technology.

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Coast Guard 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.