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

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

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

ASVAB. 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)

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

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

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

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

Criminal History. 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)

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

DEP Discharge. 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)

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

Enlistment Age. What is the maximum age to enlist in the Military? (Click here for Answer)

False Statements. 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)

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

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

Laser Eye Surgery. Is laser eye surgery disqualifying for military service? (Click here for answer)

Marijuana Use. 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)

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

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

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

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

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

Prior Service. 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).

Service Obligation. What is the shortest period of time I can join the Military? (Click here for answer)

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

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

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

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

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