On the Home Page, there are seven questions. I envision this page offering input and guidance on each of those questions. It will also have more questions, and input on those. Finally, it will link to a part of the site where the young person can ask questions, or chat.

This may also be the appropriate place to link to military.com, and comment on what they propose to be the five top questions a young person should ask a recruiter. My main point here may seem obvious: these five questions serve the needs of the recruiter much more than they serve the needs of the potential recruit.  The military.com pages are not devoid of any useful information, but they are keyed to the idea of convincing young people to sign up. Don’t think that they are just “fair brokers.” There is a great deal hidden behind two sentences in their article, “Parental Advice for Teens Who Want to Join the Military,” by Steve Smith. He says, “Trust but verify everything that is told to you by any recruiter. Try to find an advocate who has been through the recruiting process before and make sure you read everything you sign.” (my italics) Notice that he doesn’t tell you where to find an advocate, and don’t assume that the recruiter will be sincerely welcoming to your bringing an advocate with you. Do so anyway.

1. When Do I Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)?

2. How Soon Will I Leave for Basic Training?


3. When Will I Get My Job Assigned?

4. What Documents Do I Need to Start the Recruiting Process?

5. Do You Need My Complete Medical and Legal History?