Make a Military Career Decision

  1. Consider all your alternatives. For example,
    • What other careers can you identify by taking The Career Key?
    • What alternative ways can you finance your education, learn skills, or find adventure?
    • Should you decide to delay your decision?
    • Which military service best fits your needs?
  2. Weigh the pros and cons of each option carefully. For example,
    • What will I lose or gain? What will my friends and family lose or gain?
    • Will I feel good about my decision? Will my family and friends approve?
    • Download a Decision Balance Sheet, print one for each of your options, then, write down the pros and cons for each. Click here to learn more about filling out a Decision Balance Sheet.
  3. Get as much information as you can:
  4. Plan, once you decide. Write down,
    • The steps you will take to put your decision into effect; and
    • How you will deal with the possible negative effects you identified, if they happen.

With such an important decision, be sure to carefully study Decision Making Process. It is based on many scientific studies. It is simple, and it works!

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