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.
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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
Army ArmyFull/Part Time
As the oldest branch of the U.S. Military, the Army protects the security of the United States and its resources.
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 Marine CorpsFull/Part Time
The Marine Corps is often first on the ground in combat situations.
Marine Corps Reserve
Marine Corps reservists train domestically and deploy with the rest of the Corps.
Navy NavyFull/Part Time
The Navy delivers combat-ready Naval forces while maintaining security in the air and at sea.
The Navy Reserve trains close to home. They serve in the U.S. or abroad in support of the Navy’s mission.
Air Force Air ForceFull/Part Time
The Air Force protects American interests at home and abroad with a focus on air power.
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.
Space Force Space ForceFull Time
The Space Force defends U.S. interests on land, in the air, and from orbit with a range of advanced training and technology.
Coast Guard Coast GuardFull/Part Time
The Coast Guard is a maritime force offering military, law enforcement, humanitarian, regulatory and diplomatic capabilities.
Coast Guard Reserve
The Coast Guard Reserve typically trains and serves near home, offering the chance to contribute part time and make a difference.