Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3424 Tuition assistance The military encourages its active duty enlistees to take advantage of off-duty courses. Whenever an enlistee attends an area college or takes a cor- respondence course, the military pays part or all of the tuition costs. Enlistees can earn college credits, and even college degrees, while on active duty. Military academies and ROTC scholarships For those who qualify, there are excellent educational opportunities at the militaryacademies. Afterreceivingafreefour-yearcollegeeducation,academy graduates enter the military as officers. ROTC scholarships are available at over 1,000 colleges and universities. These scholarshipscoverthecostoftuition,books,andfees,alongwithamonthlysti- pend. After college, ROTC scholarship recipients enter the military as officers. Academy appointments and ROTC scholarships are very difficult to get, and the application process needs to be started early. Interested students should see their counselor or talk to a recruiter early in their junior year. National Guard and the Reserves As part-time members of the military, members of the Reserves and National Guard go through basic training and job training. They are paid for the days they work, and they receive education benefits. TheReservesandtheNationalGuardcanbecalledtoactivedutywhenthere’s a national emergency or in the event of a conflict. The Army National Guard and the Air National Guard also help state governments with natural disasters and conflicts. For more information, go to www.todaysmilitary.com or www. nationalguard.mil. Other military programs The military offers a variety of financial aid programs (e.g., Army College Fund). To receive the most up-to-date information on these programs, talk to a recruiter or visit the various military websites.