Military Options

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 (Today's Military, 2021).  Learn more in ways to serve

Choosing your path: Enlisted and Officer Careers



Service Academy - Click here for Nomination Process

Four service academies combine education along with special training. Competition is extremely fierce to get into the academies; three require nominations. Once accepted, you receive full benefits along with a tuition-free education. All graduates earn a bachelor's of science degree.


Depending on service and ROTC option selected, students train for two, three or four years. Often, they receive scholarships for tuition, books, fees, uniforms and a monthly allowance.

Enlisted members make up most of the military workforce. They receive training in a job specialty and do most of the hands-on work. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to enlist in the military, but you may have fewer options.  

Each service has its own physical requirements and fitness standards.

You must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to enlist. This test helps identifies your strengths to determine the careers best suited for your future success. 


Sign up to take the official ASVAB at Curtis High School.  Seats are limited to 18 students per test date, so sign up early.  Please contact the CCRC to register.

March 22, 2023 -9:00am

April 19th, 2023 -9:00am

May 31st, 2023 -9:00am

Improve your ASVAB score! Prep for standardized tests, study for an upcoming exam or refresh your academic skills with Peterson's test prep. 

Free with Membership to the Pierce County Library

US Air Force Recruiter: SSgt Robert MadayagPhone: 253.475.8200Email: 

US Air Force Reserve

Recruiter: MSgt Jose Gonzalez Jr.



Still have questions? Officer vs Enlisted, ROTC vs Academy, Reserve vs Active?

We will help you learn all about the different branches and process to enlist or earn a commission.

Stop by the CCRC in Room 103 for more info. Mrs. Rollosson (Veteran) and Mrs. Hartfield will be happy to assist you.

U.S. Service Academy Info Night

Hosted by Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023

If you have any further questions, see Mrs. Rollosson in the CCRC

U.S. Service Academy Nominations Website