Military Branches


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. Our rich history and our vision guide our Airmen as we pursue our mission with excellence and integrity to become leaders, innovators and warriors.


The Army, as one of the three military departments (Army, Navy and Air Force) reporting to the Department of Defense, is composed of two distinct and equally important components: the active component and the reserve components. The reserve components are the United States Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.


The Coast Guard is one of our nation’s five military services. Our motto—honor, respect, and devotion to duty—is the compass that guides our mission to defend and preserve the United States of America.


We make Marines. We win our nation's battles. We develop quality citizens. These are the promises the Marine Corps makes to our nation and to our Marines. They are the reason for our demanding recruit training process. They form our reputation as America's force in readiness and are honored through the reciprocal commitment, between the Marine and Marine Corps, expressed in our motto: SEMPER FIDELIS.


The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. 


Registering with Selective Service

What is the Selective Service?
Selective Service is an independent federal agency responsible for providing additional personnel to the Department of Defense or alternative service programs in the event of a national emergency.

Who's required to register?
All 18-year-old men living in the U.S. - both citizens and noncitizens. Male citizens living abroad must also register with Selective Service. 

Where can I register?
At in just 45 seconds or pick up a registration card at any U.S post office or high school and mail it in. Your guidance counselor should also be able to help you register.

What if I don't register?
It's not good- you won't qualify for federally funded grants, loans, or scholarships, job training programs, all federal and postal jobs and an increasing number of state, municipal, first responder and contractor positions. Registration is not only a civic duty, it's the law, and your future.

When should I register?
You can register as early as 17 - but you are required to register within 30 days of your 18th birthday. If you missed  that date, register immediately. There is no penalty up until your 26rth birthday. Once you turn 26, it's too late and you cannot ever register. Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the longer you're breaking the law and jeopardizing your future benefits. Research shows that people who don't register when they turn 18 forget to register or fail to register later. So don't put if off - it's your future.