If you are considering joining the military, use the information below to connect with a recruiter from the different branches. There is great information about what a career in the military may look like for you available at www.military.com.
It’s important to note that going into the military right out of high school does not deprive you of a college education, and may be a great way for you to serve your country and gain a college degree. The military can help pay for college or pay off college loans, and most enlistees are eligible for up to 100% of college tuition through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) while on active duty. Armed Forces education benefit programs include the GI Bill; Army, Navy and Marine College Funds; college loan repayment (including student loan forgiveness) and student loan deferment and forbearance.
The process of enlisting in the U.S. military begins with a recruiter for the service you choose to join. You can contact a recruiter through one of the following websites or by calling or visiting your local recruiting station.
Applicants for military service will visit a Military Entrance Processing Site (MEPS) once they have been scheduled by their recruiter. This is where you’ll take your Military Entrance Test (MET). When you go to the MET site, do not forget to bring your Request For Examination (USMEPCOM Form 680-3A-E, OCT 05) signed by your recruiter along with a photo ID. You will need to arrive at the testing site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. A more comprehensive listing of what to expect and how to prepare for your testing can be found on USMEPCOM’s Visitor Information page.
The MEPS closest to Helena is in Butte:
400 North Main Street
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-8883, ext. 222
Fax: (406) 782-7797
Federal law requires the school district to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the name, address and telephone number of each secondary school student unless the student or student’s parent has advised the district that this information is not to be disclosed.
You have the option to opt-out of sharing your students information with military recruiters. You can read more about this on page 70 of the 2021-22 Student Handbook, and you can download a copy of the form here. Please note that forms must be returned by November 19, 2021.
Helena High is able to host visitors in person again this year, and we have a number of military recruiters scheduled to visit the school this fall.
If you’re interested, use this link to sign up for a visit. This is how we’ll know to remind you about the event and to get you a pass if it’s during class time.
US Army – Wednesday, October 6 at noon in the Counseling Center
US Navy – Tuesday, October 26 at noon in the Counseling Center
Looking at joining the Air Force? Reach out to SSgt Xavier Becker, Enlisted Recruiter:
You can also submit a request for more information on applying through this link.
Official U.S. Air Force web site
Official U.S. Air Force Recruiting web site
Official U.S. Air Force Reserves web site
Official U.S. Air National Guard web site
You can submit a request for more information on how to apply to the Navy by following this link.
Thinking about a career in the Navy? See what jobs you could pursue here!
The Helena Army Recruiting Station is located at 222 E Lyndale Ave.
They can be reached by phone at 406 443 1284.
Official U.S. Army web site
Official U.S. Army Recruiting web site http://www.goarmy.com
Official U.S. Army Reserves web site
Official U.S. Army National Guard Recruiting
Official CPOL Employment Verification site
The Helena US Marine Recruiting Station is located at 222 E Lyndale Ave.
They can be reached by phone at 406 443 3871.
Official U.S. Marine Corps web site
Official U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting web site
Official U.S. Marine Corps Reserve web site
The closest Coast Guard recruiting station is located in Boise, Idaho:
Overland Park 6907 W Overland Rd
Boise, Idaho 83709-1908
Official U.S. Coast Guard web site
Official U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting web site
Official U.S. Coast Guard Reserves web site http://www.uscg.mil/reserve
Currently the Montana 18 year old Selective Service registration rate is at 51%. Only 75% of MT 18-25 year old males are registered in the Selective Service System and students may be missing out on benefits that are afforded to them by registering.
A young man who fails to register with Selective Service may be ineligible for opportunities that may be important to his future. He must register to be eligible for federal student financial aid, state-funded student financial aid in many states, most federal employment, some state employment, security clearance for contractors, job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act), and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men.
The Selective Service System is asking to remind your students that under current law all male US citizens between 18–25 years of age, born after January 1, 1960 are required to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. In addition, non-US citizen men between the ages of 18 and 25 (inclusive) living in the United States must register.
Students can register at their local post office or online at the Selective Service System website https://www.sss.gov/