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What to Expect in the Military

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This unique guide provides a mix of factual information and practical advice from the author of a half-dozen books that translate military-ese into simple English.

Table of Contents

Preface Who Me? A Soldier? A Snapshot of You in Uniform Military Life The Recruiter Other Military Options Making Your Pick Aptitude Tests Military Entrance Processing Station Getting Ready for Boot Camp Boot Camp Basics Boot Camp Details Survival Kit of Information Rules, Rules, Rules Paychecks and Benefits Retirement Spouses, Children, Ex-Spouses, Survivors Your First Post-Military Job Veterans Benefits Special Vets, Special Problems Appendices: The Military Credo, Ten Ribbons to Recognize, Rank Insignia A Short History Military Life in the Movies Military Jobs and Civilian Jobs Location of MEPS Centers Vocabulary for Recruits Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

P. J. BUDAHN is the D.C.-based spokesman for the American Legion. He is the author of Veterans Guide to Benefits, Careers: A Military Guide, and Reservists Money Guide. He has been a long-time reporter on military affairs and he is the author of top-selling books about military benefits.


"It does a good job of presenting both the pros and cons....a good mix of facts and advice." - The Parent Educator Magazine "For any high schooler considering a term in the military, this book is indispensable." - Today's Librarian "Here is a book every about-to-be recruited teen should read." - Alternative Newsletter

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