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A Guide to ZHS Students for Military Careers

All students are encouraged to consider the military service as a source of skill training, a career, and/or a financial aid source for future education.  Military life is not for everyone, but students should do the research and then decide for themselves. 

Awareness begins in the Freshman year and continues through the Senior year during the annual guidance conference.  Information is maintained in the guidance center for students to review all branches of the military. The military option is probably not as rosy as most recruiters will paint it, but also is not as horrible as others might portray it.  That is why we encourage ZHS students to researcMil Carh and compare all options.

Military Career/Occupations Information: The United States Military is one of the largest employers offering some of the best financial aid support for college and some of the best technical training around. This page has the general information about Military careers and occupations. You can search for careers that match your interests. The pages below offer branch specific information about careers and opportunities in the US Military.

Military recruiters are available to meet with individuals or small groups of interested students.  Recruiters are informed of the ZHS policies and procedures at the beginning of each school year.  Recruiters are not inherently evil people.  They have an important job to do for our country and most thoroughly enjoy helping young people look at options.  They are a cross between a salesman, selling the benefits of their military service and a career specialist, who enjoy working with young people.  Like every profession, most are honest and competent at their job, but occasionally one is not.


ASVAB Resources: 

ASVAB Career Preparation website This program is designed to help students learn more about themselves and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize their goals. Go to to learn about the ASVAB and to take free ASVAB practice tests.


March 2 Success: Go to Standardize testing preparation including ASVAB and more is located at this site.

Minimum Required ASVAB Scores

 Each of the services have their own minimum standards when it comes to Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score requirements, and education levels needed to qualify for enlistment. (Note: each branch will also have additional requirements to qualify for enlistment, so please contact a recruiter for further information.)

Air Force: Air Force recruits must score at least 50 on the ASVAB to be considered for Air Force Career opportunities.

Army: The Army requires a minimum ASVAB Score of 31 to qualify for enlistment. To qualify for certain enlistment incentives, such as enlistment bonuses, an Army recruit must score a minimum of 51.

Coast Guard: The Coast Guard requires a minimum of 50 on the ASVAB; however Scores of 45-49 require a waiver.  Recruits are sent to basic training within the fleet prior to being assigned to their training and job assignments.

Marine Corps: Marine Corps recruits must score at least 32 on the ASVAB. A very few exceptions are made (about one percent) for some exceptionally otherwise qualified recruits with less than 32.

Navy: Navy recruits must score at least 35 on the ASVAB for enlistment with limited contracts available or a 50 or higher for no restrictions in contracts.


Information is found at the website Today's Military at

Founded in 1926, ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. It’s a college program offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the United States that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, cadets commit to serve in the Military after graduation. As detailed below, each Service branch has its own take on ROTC


The Air Force ROTC mission is to produce leaders for the Air Force and build better citizens for America. Headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., the Air Force ROTC commands 144 units at college and university campuses throughout the United States. Air Force ROTC offers a four-year program and a two-year program, both based on Air Force requirements and led by active-duty Air Force officers. Courses are a mix of normal college classes and Air Force ROTC curriculum, which covers everything from leadership studies to combat technique. Upon completion, a student enters the Air Force as an officer.  Learn more about Air Force ROTC


Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. The training a student receives in Army ROTC teaches leadership development, military skills and career training. Courses take place both in the classroom and in the field and are mixed with normal academic studies. Additional summer programs, such as Jump School, may also be attended. Upon completion, an Army ROTC graduate is awarded officer status in the Army. Learn more about Army ROTC


Navy and Marine Corps ROTC: As the largest single source of Navy officers, the Navy ROTC program plays an important role in preparing young adults for leadership and management positions in the increasingly technical Navy. Offered at more than 160 leading colleges and universities throughout the U.S., the Navy ROTC offers a mixture of military training and normal academic study. Courses take place both in the classroom and in the field. Upon completion, an NROTC graduate is awarded officer status and the ability to choose an officer career in surface warfare, naval aviation, submarine or special warfare. Learn more about Navy-option ROTC

Aspiring Marine Corps officers also participate in Navy ROTC. The ROTC academic curriculum for a Marine Corps-option student requires classes in national security policy and the history of American military affairs, in addition to the regular academic requirements for the student’s degree.   Learn more about Marine-option ROTC

Coast Guard Student Reserve: Unlike other Service branches, the Coast Guard does not have an ROTC program. However, high school seniors, college and vocational students between the ages of 17 and 30 can enroll in the Coast Guard Student Reserve Program, though some Reserve and Officer programs allow you to be older. Enlistees train for two summers and serve one weekend a month during the school year. Schooling continues uninterrupted. They receive pay for their weekend service and, after training is complete, begin Reserve duty. For more information contact a recruiter.


If you decide the military service IS a viable option for you: 

Make an appointment to meet with a recruiter in the guidance center (a minimum of 24 hour advanced notice and a pre-arranged release from your classroom teacher is required) or for a home visit at your convenience. 

Investigate all branches regarding how they can help you reach your goals.  Meet with at least two different branches to get a comparison of what the various services can offer and which will be the best fit for your personality, education, aptitude and goals.  Also compare active service vs reserve and National Guard options and officer vs enlisted options if they apply.

Some branches have programs that give you a sample of military life prior to making a commitment. If there is a weekend or summer opportunity to observe or participate in military training without obligation, arrange this with the recruiter. 

Get all guarantees in writing (training, placement, location, education/schooling, signing bonus, college savings plans, etc.).  Compare college options while in the military and upon termination of service.

Some students will make an early decision in the junior year and may even participate in a summer training between their Junior and Senior years.  Others will delay deciding until late spring of their Senior year when all financial aid and school admission issues are complete.  Some early decisions allow bonuses, special training/job options, and/or special duty assignments.  Some late decisions can effect and limit these same areas.  You will need to weigh the pluses and minuses when determining when to decide and sign.

Discuss all options with your parents.  Don't sign any agreement until you and your parents are sure of this decision.  Sleep on your options for at least a day or two.  A good deal today will still be a good deal tomorrow.  

ZHS Military Recruiters/Representatives Contact Information

SSgt. Adam J. Wriglesworth


910 S. Columbia Center Blvd Ste F.
Kennewick, WA 99336

US Air Force Home Page: Air Force opportunities. Your chance online to explore careers, training, and benefits.




US Army Recruiting Home Page: Army opportunities. Your chance online to explore careers, training, and benefits and US Army Home page: Links to installations, units, camps, forts, and other organizational contacts, breaking news, developments. etc.


YN1 Moli T. Po Ching


8109 F NE Vancouver Mall Dr.

Vancouver, WA 98662

US Coast Guard Home Page: Coast Guard opportunities. Your chance online to explore careers, training, and benefits.



Sgt. Hector Zavala


2529 Main St. Suite 238 Valley Mall

Yakima , WA 98903

US Marine Corps Home Page: USMC opportunities. Your chance online to explore careers, training, and benefits.

P.O. Heather Roach


11220 N Columbia Center Blvd

Kennewick, WA 99336

US Navy Home Page: Navy opportunities. Your chance online to explore careers, training, and benefits.

Roman Watson

(253) 304-6409

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Dasiy Mann

(509) 885-8163

800 Wallace Way
Grandview, WA 98930

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