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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
Advice For Families: Having a Conversation With 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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When she got away, off to college, it was a different mindset with the recruiters, and they finally were able to say something to her that she felt she could pursue in a positive way. Cause when she said, “I’m going to sign papers,” we went, “Are you sure?” This was three years of pursuit and you said, “no no no,” and you’re at college what about college? And she says, “I’ve always wanted to do this but they never said the right things.” It was more like someone recruiting her for a sports team. And so she could see a career and a life in it that she was just like no, this is a life thing mom. That was the key for us. When it was no longer something to play with. It was, she wanted to do it for beyond herself.