Military careers & Education


Students interested in attending military academies will need to start working toward that goal early in their high school career.

This is a highly specialized application process. Please refer interested students to their high school counselor for assistance. There are also military recruiters who can support those interested. Also check to see if a student is able to take the ASVAB assessment tool to provide students with some direction/feedback about which military option may be a good fit.

The State of Oregon Employment Department provides information about military careers.

Military Academy options include:

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC is a leadership program that has you can take 24 elective credits that will coincide with your four-year college degree. Many colleges have an ROTC program at their school or partner with a nearby school that offers the program - check the university you're interested in to see how their ROTC program works.

  • Scholarships are available to high school seniors for Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC
  • There are some academic requirements for admission and continuation, depending upon branch of service
  • Benefits include living allowances while in college and entering the branch as an officer post-college

Direct enlistment Post-HS

  • Students should speak to recruiters from all branches of service
  • Access to specialized training may be enhanced by community college credit

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Military aptitude test used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the Armed Forces and potential career paths.