For a young adult, the decision to join the Army will be the most important choice of his or her life. But that decision can be difficult to make without the support of family and friends. This section is designed to help you understand the benefits of military service, and what you can expect for the future.
The U.S. Army and Army Reserve offer training and hands-on experience in hundreds of career paths. From engineering to law, medicine to mathematics, there are few institutions in the world that can match the training and educational services of the Army.



Joining the Army is the opportunity to be a part of something greater than a nine to five office job. Army Soldiers have strength of body and character. They carry out orders with pride, and they are equipped to lead in any situation that requires a firm hand and a strong voice.

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.
Learn more about Active Duty

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.
Learn more about the Army Reserve


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.

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