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Your educational preparation will depend to an extent on your
career goals. At a minimum you will need a high school diploma or
its equivalent to join a branch of the armed forces as enlisted
personnel. If you want to become an officer, however, you will also
need a college education. In either case, you should take high
school classes in mathematics, including advanced classes such as
algebra and geometry, and science. Take computer science classes
since many positions will require you to have technical skills.
History classes, government classes, and classes covering geography
will also be helpful. English classes will help you develop the
skills to follow directions as well as to communicate clearly and
precisely. Also, consider taking a foreign language, which may
expand your job opportunities. Remember to take physical education
classes throughout your high school years. You will be required to
pass physical and medical tests when you apply to the service, so
you will need to be in good physical condition.
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