This is all regarding the Navy. You need to fill out paperwork online and send it to them through a signed pdf type thing, send in your personal statement, LORs from three most recent employers, send in social security card, and some other stuff if I remember anything that I forgot I'll let you know. What frustrates me is that two of my three most recent employers are a Taco Bell and my university's dining hall, and turnover rate is so high I couldn't get LORs from my bosses if I tried. My third employer was also a lab PI and my recruiter said she wanted a separate one from the same guy as my employer instead of PI.
Yesterday. Dealing with the military is painfully slow, tedious, and frustrating. While I have made substantial progress and already had my interview and MEPS physical, my application is still not complete and I started LAST summer.
Yes, I've also heard Army recruiters are more eager and on top of the process. I'm glad things are moving more quickly for you, it must be much less frustrating. I am matriculating Fall 2016. I started so early because my recruiter told me that I did not need a letter of acceptance in order to apply with an AA > 23, and that some people would be accepted in October, and did not want to have to wait to be in the same group as people who apply after December 1st when they get an acceptance.
You are correct about that. My recruiter didn't tell me paperwork expired and I needed to re do it, but I guess a benefit was that I did my MEPS and physical during December and got them out of the way, and I believe she said those would be good for the year.
Do you guys know if the expiration date is 6 months away from when you send off your packet? If so, I think I should be good as I sent in my military letters in June. I am hoping for the Navy but the Army as you all said is much more eager.