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Be a Community Partner

Do you want to make a difference in your community?  Unite with other community-minded people like you to learn how the U.S. Army can help make a positive impact in your area.

For Parents
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Why the Army

You may have questions as to why the U.S. Army is a smart career move for a young adult. Find out about the job training and benefits Soldiers receive.

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What to Expect

U.S. Army Soldiers live fast-paced lives. As a parent, you may be wondering about deployment, life on a military installation, and the methods of communcation that Soldiers use to keep in touch with their families.

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Real Life Stories

Get to know how parents like you handled their son or daughter’s decision to enlist. Hear their stories, and find out how they participated in the process step-by-step - from their first reaction to the ultimate pride they feel today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get straight answers to some of your most pressing questions. Click the link to access our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Para Padres

Cada Soldado tiene sus razones personales para unirse al U.S. Army, y su hijo o hija no es diferente.

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Tyree: My mother was a single parent for a short time. And she pretty much did anything for me and you learn a lot from that. This man came into our lives and took care of us. And he's my role model...he's what I look to the way a man should be.

Dad: I told my kids; I want you to do better than I have. And he has.

Tyree: I joined the Army because I was working kind of a dead-end job. Really couldn't see myself climbing any kind of ladder, it was just something to do after school.

Mom: He knew that if he did this, then he could come out of it with a career, not just a job.

Tyree: I could see myself gaining leaps and bounds over everyone else because there's the education benefits, there's the...just the fact that you can go and see all kinds of places around the world. And I really wanted the experience.

Mom: He saw the world. You know, he saw the world through his own eyes.

Dad: Financial-wise there's something for him to lean back on. Something he can hold on to for his child.

Mom: With College, with housing, they would be there just like a parent.

Tyree: Just as long as you keep going forward, the sky's the limit on what you can become.

Dad: I told him when he got out, I think this is the best choice you made. I think this is the best choice you made.

Tyree: I did the right thing. I did what I needed to do better myself and better everyone else around me.

Dad: He turned out...he turned out well.