Military Guide for MCHS

A resource for Mt. Carmel High School students

Have you thought about joining the military or want to find out more information about what the military entails? This resource guide will help you research the options of enlistment, ROTC, and military academies. There are links at the bottom to help you learn about careers and skilled trade training in the armed services also.
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ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test)

What is the ASVAB?

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

For more details on the ASVAB:

Where can I take the ASVAB?

  • Students could contact a military recruiter to arrange to take the ASVAB. There is a test version that allows students to test at home, then come to MEPS office to take an abridged ASVAB test to verify scores. Where? San Diego Military Entrance Processing Station, 4181 Ruffin Road, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92126

  • Mt. Carmel High School is offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, April 5, 8:30am, MCHS Library Computer Lab.


ASVAB Study Guide


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What is Enlistment?

Enlistment is the act of joining the armed services. Learn more about the different branches of the armed services:

Skilled Trades & Career Training in the Armed Services

Active Duty vs. Military Reserves

A person who is active duty is in the military full time. They work for the military full time, may live on a military base, and can be deployed at any time. Persons in the Reserve or National Guard are not full-time active duty military personnel, although they can be deployed at any time should the need arise.

Officer Commission Pathways

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ROTC - Reserve Office Training Corps

What is ROTC?

JROTC and ROTC programs are designed to train future U.S. Military officers at middle schools, high schools, and universities across the United States. Some students join JROTC or ROTC because they want a career in the military, while others are more curious about how the program can helm they pay for college. College ROTC programs exist at 4-year colleges and universities, not at community colleges.

ROTC for College Students: click here

List of Colleges/Universities with ROTC Programs:

San Diego Service/ROTC Military Night: TBD

PUSD Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Available to MCHS Students

Mt. Carmel Students are able to participate in the JROTC program available at Westview High School. Information about the course is available HERE.

Website for JROTC HERE

Interested students should reach out to their counselor for more details.

Cal Maritime U.S. Coast Guard Officer Training Programs

3 ways to serve with the US Coast Guard through University programs:

1. The Auxiliary University Program (AUP) offers cadets an exciting opportunity to serve as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary during their college education.

2. Maritime Academy Graduate Program - Maritime Academy Graduates have education and training that enhances the Coast Guard's ability to carry out its missions. The Direct Commission Maritime Academy Graduate Program is available to individuals who hold a qualifying degree from Cal Maritime.

3. Coast Guard Select Reserve - The Coast Guard Reserve offers exciting and rewarding opportunities during your college education at Cal Maritime. As a reservist, you will be a member of the military and attend an eight-week boot camp preparing you for the Coast Guard. You will receive valuable experience and training to supplement your education. Initial training is planned accordingly to your school schedule and often takes place in the summer months. Reservists dedicate their time serving one weekend a month and two weeks per year.

Cal Maritime hosts both Navy and Air Force ROTC programs at the University.

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Military Academies

What are Military Academies?

Military Academies in the United States offer an excellent option for students who are interested in serving their country and receiving a quality education at no cost. Students at these institutions typically receive free tuition, room, and board as well as a small stipend for expenses. All five of the undergraduate military academies have selective admissions, and all require at least five years of service upon graduation.

The 5 Military Academies:

  1. United States Air Force Academy - USAFA
  2. United States Coast Guard Academy - USCGA
  3. United States Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA
  4. United States Military Academy at West Point
  5. United States Navy Academy at Annapolis

How to Apply to the Military Academies: click here

The 6 Senior Military Colleges

1. The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

2. Texas A&M University

3. University of North Georgia

4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5. Virginia Military Institute

6. Norwich University

San Diego Service/ROTC Military Night: TBD

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Military Service Academy Nomination

A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:

  • A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
  • Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
  • The Vice-President of the United States

Congressman Scott Peters CA - 52nd Congressional District Representative (MCHS area)

For Information, Click HERE

Senator Dianne Feinstein - CA

For Information, Click HERE

Senator Alex Padilla - CA

For Information, Click HERE

White House information on Service Academy Nominations process from the Vice President of the United States

For Information, Click HERE

Mt. Carmel High School Military Recruiters

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