New to the military? That means new surroundings. New digs. New routines. You’ll want to get up to speed on your new living arrangements, rules and ways to get rooted in your new military community.

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Understanding the Roles of Military Officers and Enlisted Service Members

More than 80% of the U.S. military is made up of enlisted members, with officers making up the rest of the military population of the armed forces. Officers are trained to be managers and leaders. They plan missions, provide orders and assign tasks, while enlisted members are technical experts and leaders that hold the specific skills necessary to complete the mission.

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Six Things New Service Members Should Know About Their First Duty Station

You went through weeks learning basic military skills, then months learning your military job. Finally, it’s time to take your place in the military at your first duty station

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Military Housing: Living on an Installation for the First Time

Moving is an exciting time, and moving on to a military installation for the first time can be a great opportunity to become part of a service-oriented community. You’ll likely have many things in common with your new neighbors, and save some money by living in more affordable housing provided to you by the military.

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TRICARE 101: Military Health Benefits Basics in Five Minutes or Less

TRICARE is the health care program for almost 9.4 million service members, retirees and their families around the world that provides military health benefits and health care support to ensure mission readiness

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Supporting Your New Recruit’s Preparation for Basic Training or Boot Camp

Getting in shape for basic training starts at home. Find out how you can help your new recruit start off with strength and stamina.

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