WHAT TO EXPECT
You will likely have questions about your son or daughter’s day-to-day life. Click the link below to learn more about a Soldier’s service options, deployment, what they’ll experience on a military base, and how you’ll keep in touch with them while they’re abroad.
What are the service options for my son or daughter?
Soldiers entering the Army have a choice between two basic types of service: Active Duty and Army Reserve.
Active Duty: Active Duty Soldiers make up America’s ready, full-time defense force. They perform the Army’s in-need jobs, and carry out day-to-day operations. Generally, Active Duty terms range from two to six years.
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Army Reserve: Soldiers keep their civilian careers while training part-time. Service ranges from one to six years, depending on the job and the location of the Soldier’s Army Reserve Center. Many professionals and college students serve in the Army Reserve. In times of need, Army Reserve Soldiers may be called to Active Duty.
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ENLISTED SOLDIER OR OFFICER
Enlisted Soldiers are the backbone of the U.S. Army. Much like employees at a company, every enlisted Soldier has a trained specialty, and plays a part in the success of his or her unit. Ranks for enlisted Soldiers range from Private to Sergeant Major of the Army.
Commissioned Officers are the managers and planners of the Army. They are generally tasked with leading Soldiers. One of the best ways for your son or daughter to become an Army Officer is to join Army ROTC as a college student.