Thursday, July 25, 2013

Korean War Armistice 60th Anniversary; So You Want To Join The Military? What You Need To know.

"Forgotten No More"...Korean War Veterans

U.S. Korean War Veterans Will Be In The Spotlight This Week

On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the nation will commemorate the veterans of the Korean War marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice. Events will be held at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. starting at 8 A.M.

Almost 2 million U.S. troops served in Korea during the war from August 1950 until the cease-fire was signed on July 27, 1953. During the conflict, 54,246 Americans died. Of those, 8,200 are listed as missing in action. In addition, 102,000 were wounded in action.

So You Want To Join The Military?

If you are pondering joining the military, you must first determine your eligibility. The following criteria are mandatory for all five services:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • You must be at least 17 years of age (17 year olds require parental consent).
  • With few exceptions, you must be a high school graduate.
  • You must pass a physical medical exam. There are a number of health concerns that might make it more difficult to join. Your medical officer will make that determination.
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (AFQT) vary for each Service. For the Air Force, you must have a minimum score of 50. For the Navy, a minimum score of 50. For the Marines, a minimum score of 32. For the Army, a minimum score of 31 and for the Coast Guard a minimum score of 45.
  • Each branch of Service also has specific height and weight requirements.
  • Some types of criminal activity will prevent you from joining. Other cases may require waivers. Also, substance abuse could keep you from joining.
What are some of the questions you should ask your recruiter? Some include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • What documents do I need to start the recruitment process? The list may include current driver's license, degrees or diplomas, social security card, current medical documents, marriage license, and court documents are some examples. 
  • When do I take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test?
  • How soon can I expect to leave for basic training?
  • When will I receive my job assignment?
Comparing Boot Camps:
  • Marines: 12 week duration.
  • Army: 10 week duration.
  • Navy: 7-9 weeks.
  • Air Force: 8.5 weeks.
  • Coast Guard: 8 weeks.

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