ELIGIBILITY
FIRST STEP
CONTACT
HOW TO JOIN
STEP 1 - Talk To A Recruiter
Contact a recruiter in your area and discuss the opportunities and requirements. Research the organization and determine your eligibility. The recruiter has a wealth of information and can help you determine if military service is right for you.

IMPORTANT: If you already possess a copy of the application packet, DO NOT undergo the physical exam as listed in the application instructions until AFTER you have participated in a unit visit. This way you will not have invested any time or money if you decide not to pursue military service.


STEP 2 - Visit Your Prospective Unit

Arrange with the recruiter to visit your prospective unit during one of their regularly scheduled drills. This is an excellent opportunity to see the facilities, observe the activities, and speak to other personnel about their experiences and perspectives. It's also a chance to get a feel for the military culture in order to determine if military service is right for you.

This step is necessary in order to make an informed decision before committing yourself to a three year obligation (one year if you have prior military service).

STEP 3 - Application and Preparation

Request an application from the recruiter and begin completing the forms. Carefully read the instructions included with the application packet in order to ensure that you accurately complete the enclosed forms and compile all of the necessary documentation.

As part of the application process, you will be required to undergo a physical exam by a licensed medical practitioner of your choice (family physician, urgent care, outpatient clinic, etc). There are specific instructions for the examining physician included with the medical forms in the application packet. The exam need not be anything more complicated than a standard sports physical.

If you don't already know it, ask the physician to determine your blood type. This information will be necessary for your paperwork as well as for your dog tags. It's also good just to know this in the event of a medical emergency, regardless of military service.

If you've already undergone a physical examination within the last six months, then you will not need to do it again. Simply ask your physician if they can complete the medical forms based upon the results of the previous exam. Beware: they may charge a paperwork fee. Otherwise, simply include the medical results from the previous exam into your application packet with the other medical forms.

Before attending the next drill where you will take your enlistment oath (swear in), you will need to acquire a basic class C uniform. Get a copy of the OHMR Class C Uniform Reference and Checklist from your recruiter. This will help you to gather all of the necessary components for a complete uniform.

Remember to stay in regular contact with your recruiter as questions or concerns arise. Often, they can provide simple solutions to common problems and guide you down the correct path before you invest any time or money going down the wrong path.

Be sure you have your application packet ready to give to your recruiter complete with all of the required forms and supporting documentation as soon as possible. After completion of the police background check, your recruiter will contact you to set a date for your enlistment ceremony.

STEP 4 - Swearing In (the Oath of Enlistment)

The big day! Arrive at least 15 minutes early. If you make prior arrangement with your recruiter, you can invite guests (family and/or friends) to attend the ceremony and witness your induction.

DO NOT arrive in your uniform. Allow your recruiter to inspect your uniform for proper assembly before the drill date or before the ceremony. This will ensure that you don't end up wearing a uniform that has obvious flaws, resulting in an undignified appearance. It's better not to wear a uniform at all than to wear it wrong (a.k.a. "being out of uniform").

After you swear in and sign your Oath of Enlistment form, and assuming your uniform has passed inspection, your recruiter will then have you change into your uniform. At this point, the process is complete and you will join the ranks of your fellow soldiers to begin your training fundamentals in preparation for the next scheduled Basic Entry Level Training (BELT) course. Welcome to the Ohio Military Reserve!


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