This article tells about some differences between the two largest career paths in the military services, becoming an officer or enlisting. It also looks at how home education affects those choices. From the view of the military services, homeschooling has an effect on enlistment more than it does on the commissioning of an officer.
This article includes a look at what it means to be an officer or an enlisted person. Included are the ways a college student can become an officer, and how a homeschooled graduate can enlist. Statistics are included from a Navy study that is important to homeschooled graduates who want to enlist, and a complaint, and an answer to the complaint, about the study.
In this article, I propose that the best way to prepare to enlist is to earn a regular high school diploma, but the ‘best’ way does not rule out other ways. This article is not a step-by-step guide telling homeschooled grads how to join the military, but it does have advice on good ways to prepare to join.