The military has eligibility requirements that you must meet before you meet a recruiter. Some specialized career paths have their own set of guidelines and qualifications as well. Understanding all of the qualifications and requirements necessary to qualify for the military can be a bit overwhelming at first. Once you understand the basic requirements, you can focuse on meeting the qualifications for specific career paths and individual branches of service.
In order, to join the military, you must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 17 years of age. If you are 17, make sure that your parents know that you are interested in joining the military. Parental consent is required for interested applicants who are 17. Before you go to see a recruiter, you must have a high school diploma. There are a few exceptions to this rule and when you meet the recruiter they will tell you if you are an exception. Lastly, you have to undergo a physical examination to make sure that you will be able and healthy enough to perform the basic tasks while you are in the military.
In addition to these qualifications, make sure that you have some idea about what type of job you want to do once you join. Do a little research on specific fields that interest you. The recruiter can provide more detailed insight into what those fields may be like. Once you have a sense of what you want to do, arrange for an appointment with a recruiter in your area. Take a friend with you so that you can get a second opinion and an alternate viewpoint.