Army is one of five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. It
is a strategic instrument of national policy that has served
our country well in peace and war for over two centuries.
Soldiers enable America to fulfill its world leadership responsibilities
of safeguarding our national interests, preventing global
calamity, and making the world a safer place. We do this by
finding peaceful solutions to the frictions between nation
states, addressing the problems of human suffering, and when
required, fighting and winning our Nation's wars--our nonnegotiable
contract with the American people.
are the basic requirements for enlisting:
- You must
be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien.
- Be between
the ages of 17-34. Seventeen-year olds need parental consent.
- Have a
high school diploma.
- Have no
more than two dependents.
- Take and
pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
- Pass a
Military Entrance Processing Station medical exam.
is a test that measures your aptitudes. It consists of ten
short individual tests covering word knowledge, paragraph
comprehension, arithmetic reasoning, mathematics knowledge,
general science, auto and shop information, mechanical comprehension,
electronics information, numerical operations and coding speed.
When you take the ASVAB prior to enlisting, not only do you
receive scores on each of these individual tests, but several
individual test results are combined to yield three academic
composite scores: verbal, math and academic ability.
Income: You are paid twice a month, on the 1st
and 15th, every month, based on your pay grade and service
You are promoted based on job knowledge, your performance,
time in pay grade and service requirements.
vacation: You earn 2.5 days paid vacation per
month for a total of 30 days each year up to 60 days.
You choose your career path based on your aptitude,
physical abilities, security clearance, motivation and determination.
All specialties are open to women - including combat roles.
Care: While on active duty, you will receive complete
medical and dental care at no cost.
Insurance: Active duty members select up to $200,000
in term life insurance for $18 per month.
also receive additional tax-free money for Basic Allowance
for Housing (BAH) if government housing is not available;
Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), if government food
facilities are not available in the area you are stationed;
and a uniform allowance (for enlisted personnel only) to
help maintain your uniform.
Advantage: Only your basic monthly pay is subject
to Federal or State income tax.
Bill: The Montgomery GI Bill will help pay for
college education or vocational training.
Assistance: While on active duty, you may continue
your education, and may be helped in defraying the cost
of college-accredited courses.
Benefits: There are exchange and commissary privileges,
moving allowances, temporary lodging expenses, travel, survivor
benefits, Veterans Administration home loans and more.
there bonuses for enlisting?
is currently offering five cash enlistment bonuses:
MOS' are worth up to $7,000: For a limited time, qualified
applicants can earn an enlistment bonus up to $7,000 by
selecting infantry, cannon crew and armor.
students get up to $8,000: New
enlistees who come in with earned college credit are eligible
up to $4,000 for 30-59 semester hours, and up to $8,000
for 60 or more semester credits. The Army's Loan Repayment
Program can contribute up to $65,000 more for a four-year
is worth $3,000: For enlistees who choose Airborne training,
a cash bonus of $3,000 is available.
to $6,000 for a two-year tour: Qualified enlistees who
choose the new two-year enlistment option can now receive
up to $4,000 cash bonus for certain MOS choices.
for a weekend a month, two weeks a year: Choose the
Army Reserve and if you qualify for one of five specialties,
you'll receive an $8,000 cash bonus.
Army accepts prior-service people.
citizens or foreign nationals legally residing in the United
States with an Immigration and Naturalization Service Alien
Registration Card ("Green Card" -- INS Form I-151/551)
may apply. Applicants must speak, write and read English fluently.
No. The U.S.
military cannot assist foreign nationals in obtaining admittance
into the United States.
prohibit the forwarding of recruiting information through
international mail, even to U.S. citizens living in foreign
more information online.
the first week of Basic Training, you'll begin to get used
to Army life. You'll get into the best shape of your life.
You'll also learn about guard duty, how to prepare for inspections
and start on your Basic Rifle Marksmanship Course.
2: The second week continues focus on physical training
or PT. You'll learn new exercises, start doing wind sprints
and run even longer distances. Marksmanship is a priority
as you learn firing positions, range procedures, coaching,
steady hold factors and use of scorecards. Finally, you prepare
for an inspection of your troop formation.
3: Rifle marksmanship will be your primary concern this
week, as you get ready for qualification. You'll practice
firing from all positions, rapid reloading, rapid fire, moving
with a loaded weapon, sight adjustment, firing at surprise
targets and aiming points. PT will move into more practical
exercises, as you pair off for hand-to-hand drills.
4: Time to qualify on your M-16A2. You'll make tactical
daylight marches, learn security and dispersion discipline,
practice guerrilla exercises, and pair off in simulated hand-to-hand
5: You'll learn basic first-aid, camouflage, how
to take cover and set up defensive positions, and continue
to work with your M-16A2, including night firing. Bayonet
drills and hand-to-hand combat training are included this
6-7: Training intensifies as you prepare for your final
proficiency testing. During night training, you'll take a
tactical march and possibly an infiltration course. You'll
learn about machine guns, grenade launchers and mines, map
and compass reading, and how to judge terrain, distance and
8-9: All of your training has been directed toward these
final days - and it will all pay off in your proficiency tests.
For tips on how to prepare yourself physically and mentally
for boot camp, see military
fitness guru Stew Smith's articles.
do I become an officer?
can become an officer through the U.S. Military Academy, Army
ROTC, OCS or Direct Commissioning programs. If you have
or will soon have a 4-year college degree, you may consider
enlisting in the U.S. Army with the intention of becoming
an officer. Graduates of the Army Officer Candidate
School (OCS) are commissioned as Second Lieutenants (O-1)
and earn Sergeant (E-5) pay while in the school. This program
is available to qualified applicants, with or without any
prior military service, who enlist for a period of 3 years.
Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., trains Army officers.
Its mission is to
educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each
graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to
the values of Duty, Honor, Country; professional growth throughout
a career as an officer in the United States Army; and a lifetime
of selfless service to the nation.
are six steps: knowing the basic application requirements for
a nomination, completing a candidate
questionnaire, completing the candidate kit, securing nomination
from congressman or other qualifying authorities and completing
17 but not yet 23 years of age by July 1 of year admitted.
- A U.S.
citizen at time of enrollment (exception: foreign students
nominated by agreement between U.S. and another country).
- Not pregnant
or legally obligated to support a child.
- An above-average
high school or college academic record.
performance on the standardized American College Testing
(ACT) Assessment Program Exam or the Scholastic Aptitude
- Be in
good physical and mental health.
- Pass a
strength, endurance and agility.
performance on USMA Physical Aptitude Exam.
Candidate School trains selected personnel in leadership fundamentals;and
basic military skills; instills professional ethics; evaluates
leadership potential; and commissions those who qualify as
second lieutenants in all sixteen basic branches of the Army.
terms, an officer must be a college or university graduate
prior to commissioning (Except for enlisted soldiers on active
duty), is trained by the Army to lead and manage, and can
voluntarily leave the military if not under any officer service
obligation at the time. Officers do not "enlist"
in the Army and Army Reserve in the pure sense of the word,
but individuals can compete for an enlistment option to go
to Officers Candidate School to become a commissioned officer.
To qualify you must:
- Be a citizen
of the United States.
110 or higher on the ASVAB.
- Pass the
Army Physical Fitness Test.
at least 850 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or 19
on the American College Test (ACT).
- Have at
least 90 college credits (if enlisted).
of 80 or higher on the English Comprehension Level Test
(ECLT) if English is a second language.
- Be at
least 18 years old and less than 30.
- Have a
complete physical exam six months prior to application.
As a professional
lawyer, engineer, member of the clergy or doctor, you may
also qualify for a Direct Commission. Request
more information online.
is also seeking qualified health professionals. For more information
about the medical programs. You can have someone contact
you about applying your medical trade in the service by completing
can request more information
online. For more detailed information on the Reserves,
you can also check the Army
You must be
between 17 and 40 years old. You must not be employed
in a civilian occupation essential to U.S. interests during
times of war. You
must not have served more than 13 years of active military duty.
to Reserve and Guard service. Drills are periods of Inactive
Duty Training (IDT), under orders, scheduled to augment training.
No more than two drills can be performed on one calendar day,
and each drill must be at least four hours long. Most units
schedule multiple drills over one weekend each month (two
drills Saturday and two drills Sunday).
on the Reserve or Guard program, you will receive boot camp
and maybe A-school training. Weekend or weekday drills are
considered training. Active Duty for Training (ADT) is 12
days of active duty at a Coast Guard unit or Coast Guard school
and is required annually.
By law, as
a member of the Reserve, you must, upon request, be granted
a leave of absence to satisfy a requirement for military training.
The Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
requires employers to provide Reservists with time away from
their jobs to perform military duty. However, you must notify
your employer that you intend to take military leave. You
must be reemployed after completion of your military duty
and return to your job within a reasonable time. You must
be treated as though you had never left employment, including
scheduled pay raises, promotions or credit for longevity or
vacation. Your employer only has to hold a job open for 60
months if you accept voluntary orders.
you can attend any school you qualify for. The results of
your ASVAB determine what schools you qualify for.
training like boot camp?
is training for a specialty you have chosen. It may involve
work details and duty, but the main focus is on technical
and professional training.
Will I be
paid while in training?
will be paid for every day you serve according to published
pay schedules for your pay grade, in addition to any Temporary
Duty or travel allowances.
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