24 The best way to learn about the military is to talk to a recruiter. Because the career, training, and educational opportunities are different for each military branch, students should talk to recruiters representing two or more branches of the military. Students can search for the recruiters in their area by going to the above websites. The ASVAB Students who are serious about exploring their mili- tary options should take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). The ASVAB is a three- hour test designed to identify a student’s aptitudes and strengths. Taking the ASVAB in no way ob­­li­gates a student to the military. A student, however, must obtain a minimum score on the ASVAB to enlist in the military. Althoughit’sdifficulttostudyfortheASVAB,studentsshouldbecomefamiliar with the format and the types of questions that are asked. Information and sample questions are available at www.asvabprogram.com. Books with practice tests are also available in libraries and bookstores. Recruiters generally make testing arrangements for the ASVAB and explain the scores. The higher a student’s ASVAB scores, the more career and training options the student will have. It is, therefore, very important for students to do as well as possible on the ASVAB. Because each military branch has its own score requirements, students should have recruiters from different military branches evaluate their scores. Obligations and benefits When young people enlist, they obligate themselves for 2–6 years of active duty. Enlisting in the military is a serious,long-termcommitment.Highschoolstudents need to understand that it is very difficult to leave the military before an enlistment period is over. For information on specific branches, visit these websites. ARMY www.goarmy.com AIR FORCE www.airforce.com NAVY www.navy.com MARINES www.marines.com