Military Careers

On this page you will find information related to careers in the five branches of the military services.  Directly below, you will find recruiting information if you are seeking to enlist in a branch of the military.  On the right hand side, you will find information related to attending a United States Service Academy, or enrolling in a college ROTC program or officer training program.  If you are interested in Army JROTC in high school, see the link at the bottom of the right-hand column.

Please talk to any senior member if you have additional questions about a career in the military.

U.S. Air Force Careers

Explore a Career in the United States Air Force!

If you are interested in enlisting as an airman in the USAF, please visit this website for recruiting information.

For general information about the Air Force, visit this website.

To explore career options in the Air Force Reserve, visit this website.

To explore career options with the Air National Guard, visit this website.  For general information about the Air National Guard, visit this website.

Don't forget about the ability to continue in the Civil Air Patrol after you turn 18 by becoming a senior member in the Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Auxiliary!

U.S. Army Careers

Explore a Career in the United States Army!

If you have what it takes to be Army Strong, visit this website to learn about enlisting in the United States Army.

For more information about the Army in general, visit this website.

To explore career options as an Army Reservist, visit this website.

If you are interested in serving in the Army National Guard, visit this website.

U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Careers

Explore Careers in the United States Navy or the United States Marines!

If you hear the call of the seven seas, visit this website to learn about life as a seaman in the United States Navy!

For general information about the Navy, visit this website.

If you are interested in a career as a Naval Reservist, visit this website.

To be one of the few and the proud, visit this website to learn more about enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

For general information about the Marines, visit this website.

For more information on a career as a Marine Reservist, visit this website.

U.S. Coast Guard Careers

Explore a Career in the United States Coast Guard!

If you want to be Always Ready on the cutting edge of the homeland security mission, visit this website to learn more about enlistment in the United States Coast Guard.

For general information about the Coast Guard, visit this website.

If you are interested in serving as as Coast Guard Reservist, visit this website.

Maybe you would like to serve in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and stand watches at Coast Guard stations!  If so, visit this website for membership information.

Apply for Admission to a Service Academy

If you have a strong desire to serve your country as an officer in one of the nation's military services, you should consider attending one of the five United States Service Academies.  Links to each academy are located in the module just below.

Admission to a service academy requires a dual application process -- while you are submitting your paperwork for academy appointment, you must also apply for a nomination by one of Colorado's United States Senators, or by Colorado's 3rd Congressional District Representative.  You can also request an appointment from the Vice President of the United States for three of the five service academies.  There are other possible appointments for children of active duty military members or reservists.

To be considered for an academy nomination, you must be a United States citizen and a legal resident of the State of Colorado (or a dependent of a military member serving in a Colorado facility), between the ages of 17 and 23, and graduate high school before July 1 of the year you seek to enter the academy.  You cannot be married, be pregnant, or have children.  Successful candidates have a strong academic record, can demonstrate active involvement in extracurricular and community activities, will be able to obtain multiple recommendations from school and community leaders, are in excellent health and physical condition, and have a strong desire to serve their country.

You should begin the application process for any academy in spring of your junior year of high school, contacting both the service academies and your Colorado senators and representative.  Watch the squadron website for information on Colorado Academy Information Day, which is usually held by representatives of each Colorado senator and congressman in April of each year.  The academies recommend that you take both the ACT and SAT tests in your junior year as soon as possible.

To request an appointment from U.S. Senator Mark Udall, visit the senator's website here.

To request an appointment from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, visit this webpage.

To request an appointment from U.S. Representative Scott Tipton, visit this webpage and print out an aplication packet.  You can also view this page about frequently asked questions for persons seeking a service academy nomination.

To request an appointment from the Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden, visit this webpage (for nominations to U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy ONLY).

You may be eligible for a special appointment if you have a mother or father who is currently in the active duty military or reserves, or if you serve in an ROTC or JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction.  See each academy's criteria for further details on these types of appointments.

College Officer Training Programs

If life at a service academy is not for you, but you still want to serve your country as a commissioned officer in one of the five branches of military service, consider the following Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) or officer commissioning programs:

Air Force ROTC

Army ROTC (and click here for information on the only ROTC program in the country that will teach you to fly helicopters!)

Navy ROTC (which includes Marine Corps, or visit this website for additional Marine Officer information).

Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI)

Junior ROTC Programs

Currently, the only Junior ROTC programs available in Pueblo County are Army ROTC.  Visit this website for information.

Junior ROTC is available at Central, Centennial, East, and South High Schools in the Pueblo City Schools district, and at County and Pueblo West High Schools in District 70.