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Joining the Military Presentation

This presentation was given by Shorewood Counseling Intern and Navy Veteran Alex Calvo in December 2019 and has been updated periodically. It provides a good overview of the branches and considerations for joining. 

View as Google slides:  Joining the Military

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ROTC Programs

Reserve Officer Training Corps programs offer an excellent college scholarship in exchange for service in the military as an officer after graduation. During college, students participate in part-time activities  and then serve full time for a number of years. There are ROTC programs for most branches of the military. 

One of the easiest ways for our students to search for ROTC programs is via Scoir, our college & career exploration platform. Students will: 

  1. Access Scoir via Classlink
  2. Once in Scoir, go to Discover 
  3. Go to Colleges
  4. Select Filters
  5. Scroll down to select ROTC
  6. Select other criteria to come up with a manageable list.  

Official Sources

Local ROTC Programs

Several other universities in Washington State provide ROTC programs, including but not limited to:  Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, Washington State University, Whitworth University. 

Local Recruiters

Note:  Local recruiters change often; if you do not get a response, try  calling the local office. 

We typically invite local recruiters to come for lunchtime visits in December of every year. 

Air Force Find a Recruiter
  • Everett Recruiting Office 1203 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite L, Everett 98204
  • Office:  253-722-6654
  • SrA Isaiah Flores current 11.2023

Army  Request Information

Coast Guard Connect with a Recruiter

  • Tukwila Coast Guard Recruiter  640 Strander Blvd, Tukwila  98188.  Office:  425-203-3058.
  • Chief Petty Officer Michaela Proctor,  360-356-2839  Current 12.2023

Marine Corps Request Information

  • Lynnwood US Marine Corps Recruiting Center  18415  33rd Ave W, Suite E, Lynnwood  98037. Office:  425-774-1771. 
  • Seattle/ U District US Marine Corps Recruiting Center, 4750 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 103, Seattle 
  • Sgt. Anthony Bush current 11.2023

National Guard Get Started

  • Lynnwood Army National Guard Recruiting Office 2921 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood  98036
  • Tukwila Recruiting Station  666 Strander Blvd, Tukwila, WA  98188
  • Sgt. Ian Fuchs  current 2.2024

Navy Find a Recruiter

Space Force  Find a Recruiter

  • Space Force recruiting is handled by the Air Force recruiters. 



Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officer (local civilian assisting in the application process) Mr. Lee Hooks

Local recruiters change often; we list the most current information we have. 

Military Branches Recruiting Sites


Service Academies


General Information

Careers in the Military

Requirements for Joining the US Military

What's the Difference:  Enlisted vs. Officer