So, I noticed that many of us on this forum are either: A) Currently in the military B) Are retired military personnel C) Are in the process of joining D) Are looking to join within the next few years E) Simply dream of being in years down the road when they're old enough so I decided that this could be a good resource! Especially since it seems that there's no thread like this already. People in categories A & B could help out people in category C figure out what they want and how to get it. Through my process with my recruiter, I've noticed that if you don't go in knowing what you want they can sometimes run circles around you and try to tap ya for a different job than what you want. Additionally, people in categories A, B, & C could give some insight and experiences about their process(es) to get into the military and quite possibly help out the guys who can't quite join yet. ME: I personally originally planned on joining the Army. I was talking to my recruiter about an 11X MOS with an Option 40 contract. This went on for awhile until I did some major re-evaluating about what I wanted and have since begun talking to the local Navy recruiter about an SO rating. I got an 86 on the practice AFQT, and am still studying to get a higher score than that on the ASVAB when I take it. As soon as summer break hits I'll start on the PSTs as well once I enter the DEP program. Recently, this has all picked up pace extremely and I find it amazing how efficient the recruiters become once they realize that you know what you want and just want help along the way. HOPE: Hopefully some people see this thread, as without contribution it cannot be helpful. It's clear that many of the 14-18 year old airsofters on this forum would love to serve when they get old enough/get the chance, but just don't know where to go and how to get started. Giving out some advice and knowledge/experience would help, as I know it has helped me through my time trying to join. Oh, and for those who don't know all the terms I used: 11X- Infantryman, once out of AIT they'll be set out into either an 11B or 11C MOS- Military Occupational Specialty Option 40 contract- The contract that assures you a slot in RASP and puts you through OSUT (one station one unit) training instead of the normal system. RASP- Ranger Assessment and Selection Program SO Rating- Ratings are the Naval equivalent of an MOS, and SO stands for Special Warfare Operative (SEALs, essentially) AFQT- Armed Forces Qualification Test ASVAB- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery PST- Physical Standards Test DEP- Delayed Entry Program Any servicemen or people in general that see a mistake in my post, feel free to correct me in a post or in a pm. I'll correct it, as this is supposed to be informational and any incorrect information needs to be fixed.