Military careers & Education


Students interested in attending military academies will need to start working toward that goal early in their high school career. The State of Oregon Employment Department provides tips for achieving that goal.

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.

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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