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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
About the United States Military

Below is a list of questions/answers which have been asked on a reoccuring basis, either via email or on our message forum.

Category Questions
Education and Training

How do I find out information about my Army Job School (AIT?), or other Army Training Course that my job may make me eligible for? (Click here for answer)

How much does the G.I. Bill Pay for education? (Click here for answer)

I heard that the military is now paying 100 percent Tuition Assistance for courses taken while on active duty. Is this true? (Click here for answer)

How do I get into one of the Academies? (Click here for answer)

Joining the Military

I have substantial debts. Am I still eligible to join the military? (Click here for answer)

The Recruiter says I have to take an "ASVAB Test" to find out if I'm qualified to join, and what jobs I may be qualified for. What's in the ASVAB. How can I improve my score? (Click here for answer)

I've used marijuana in the past. Someone told me that this would preclude getting a security clearance. Is this true? (Click here for answer)

I had a felony conviction as a juvenile, but the record was sealed and later expunged. Am I still eligible to join the military? (Click here for answer)

I'm enlisted in the Delayed Enlistment Program, but I've changed my mind. Is the DEP binding? How do I get out of it, and what are the consequences? (Click here for answer)

I have a GED. Am I eligible to join the military? (Click here for answer)

Is laser eye surgery disqualifying for military service? (Click here for answer)

What kind of test to I have to take to qualify for a job involving learning a foreign language? (Click here for answer)

My recruiter has told me not to mention my medical problem or juvenile criminal arrest to MEPs. He told me it doesn't really matter. What should I do? (Click here for answer)

If I get selected for language training, where will I go to learn? What's the school like? (Click here for answer)

How do I find out about different military jobs that might be available? (Click here for answer)

Does the Air Force offer "Guaranteed Jobs?" (Click here for answer)

I used to be in (a military service). How hard would it be to re-enter that military service, or join a different one? (Click here for answer).

Does the Army offer "Guaranteed Jobs?" (Click here for answer)

Can I get a "guaranteed job" in the Coast Guard? (Click here for answer)

Can I get a "guaranteed job" in the Navy? (Click here for answer)

Can I get a "guaranteed job" in the Marine Corps? (Click here for answer)

What shots (vaccinations) can I expect to get at boot camp? (Click here for answer)

I've heard that one can get advanced enlisted rank if they have college credits, or JROTC. Is that true? (Click here for answer)

The recruiter has scheduled me to go to MEPS. What's going to happen there? (Click here for answer)

Is there anything I can do to help prepare myself for boot camp? (Click here for answer)

Are all uniforms issued in boot camp? What happens after that? (Click here for answer)

What kind of restrictions on my free time (off duty) is there during follow-on schools, after boot camp? (Click here for answer)

What are the medical standards for joining the military? (Click here for answer)

The Recruiter says I need a waiver to join. What are the chances of approval? (Click here for answer)

How long does a waiver take to get approved? (Click here for answer)

Can a non-U.S. Citizen join the United States Military? (Click here for answer)

What is the maximum age to become an officer in the Military? (Click here for Answer)

General Questions

How do I locate someone who is in the military, or who used to be in the military? (Click here for answer)

How do I transfer from the National Guards or Reserve Forces to Active Duty? (Click here for answer)

Why does it appear that the United States Flag is worn "backwards" on the sleeves of deployed soliders? (Click here for answer)

I've been in the military for six months now, and I don't like it. How can I get out? (Click here for answer)

I received a General Discharge. I heard that it can be automatically upgraded to an honorable after six months. Is this true, and how do I do it? (Click here for answer)

How deep do they dig for a Security Clearance? (Click here for answer)

What factors determine approval or disapproval of a Security Clearance? (Click Here for Answer)

How do I get a copy of my military records, or the military records of one of my relatives? (Click here for answer)

Where can I find out what a particular military acronym or term means? (Click here for answer)

Where can I find out what the military ranks of the different services look like? (Click here for answer)

The medals I received while in the military were lost. How can I get replacements? (Click here for answer)

Where can I find out information about a military unit in World War II, or other previous time periods? (Click here for answer)

I heard that if I joined the military, I could get my civilian job back after my time is up, or, if I was in the Reserves and got activated, I could get my civilian job back. Is this true? (Click here for answer)

I'm worried about a Draft returning. What are the chances that a draft will be re-instituted? (Click here for answer)

I want to send letters to deployed military members. How can I do this? (Click here for answer)

I'm a non-citizen, residing permamently in the United States, with a green card. Can I become a citizen after joining the U.S. Military? (Click here for answer).

I heard that if I'm in the Reserves and get deployed, my loan interests rates can be reduced to 6 percent. Is this true? What other legal protections are there? (Click here for answer)

How does the military decide where I'll be assigned after boot camp and job-school? (Click here for answer)

How fast can I expect to be promoted? (Click here for answer)

What are dormitories (barracks) like in the military? Will I have a roommate? (Click here for answer)

I have dependents (family members). How does housing work? Will I have to live on-base, or do I have a choice between on-base housing and off-base housing? (Click here for answer)

A good friend of mine has been deployed and sent a letter to me giving me his APO (or FPO) address. When I mail the letter, do I have to provide postage for international mail, or domestic mail? (Click here for answer)

I'm looking for information on basic marching and military drill. (Click here for answer)

How is the Military organized? How many people are in a company, squad, battalion, etc? (Click here for answer)

I'm in the National Guard (or Reserves). I want to transfer to Active Duty. How do I do this? (Click here for answer).

Military Law

Is Adultery a crime in the military? (Click here for answer)

Does the military conduct drug tests? How often? (Click here for answer)

Can an enlisted member date a commissioned officer or a senior noncommissioned officer? (Click here for answer)

I heard someone say they were going to "get an Article 15." What does this mean? (Click here for answer)

How can I find out about special tax situations for military members? (Click here for answer)

What is the drinking age on military bases? (Click here for answer)

Pay & Benefits

I have dependents. Will I receive a housing allowance for them while I'm in basic training and follow-on training? (Click here for answer)

I enlisted in the National Guard (or Reserves) and I have dependents. Is there a difference between the Housing Allowance I will receive, and the Housing Allowance Active Duty receive? (Click Here for Answer)

What are the current enlistment bonuses and re-enlistment bonus amounts? (Click here for answer)

How does the military medical care system work? (Click here for answer)

How much are military members paid? (Click here for answer)

Will the military pay to relocate my family when I attend follow-on school, after boot camp? (Click here for answer)

What are the benefits for joining the military? (Click here for answer)

How much will I receive after I retire from the military? How long do I have to stay in to be eligible to retire? (Click here for answer)

What is "Save Pay?" It is listed on my Leave & Earning Statement (Click here for answer)

Military Divorce & Separation

I'm separated (or divorced) from my spouse who is in the military. He/she refuses to pay spouse support or child support. What can I do? (Click here for answer)

I've been married for 10 years. If I get divorced, will I have to give my ex a part of my retirement pay? (Click here for answer)

I've been married to a member of the military for 18 years. If we get divorced, do I get to keep my ID card and benefits? (Click here for answer)

I'm a victim of domestic violence. My spouse is in the military. What can I do? (Click here for answer)

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