Rod Powers joined the United States Air Force in 1975 intending to become a spy. He was devastated to learn that he should’ve joined the CIA instead because the military doesn’t have that particular enlisted job. Regardless, he fell in love with the military and made it both a passion and a career, retiring with 23 years of service. Rod spent 11 of those years as a first sergeant, helping to solve the problems of the enlisted corps.
Since his retirement from the military in 1998, Rod has become a world renowned military careers expert. Through his highly popular U.S. Military Information Website on About.com (
http://usmilitary.about.com), Rod has advised thousands of troops about all aspects of U.S. Armed Forces career information.
To Jeanie and Chrissy — because everything is for you. Always.
Special thanks goes out to Erin Calligan Mooney, my acquisitions editor; Vicki Adang, my project editor; and Megan Knoll, my copy editor.
I send special thanks to the recruiting commands of the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard for providing invaluable resource information.
Acquisitions Editor: Erin Calligan Mooney
Senior Project Editor: Victoria M. Adang
Copy Editor: Megan Knoll
Technical Editor: Dane Dormio
Art Coordinator: Alicia B. South
Production Editor: Kumar Chellappan
Cover Images: © iStock.com/MariaArefyeva