TALKING ABOUT JOINING THE ARMY

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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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OUR DAUGHTER, THE SUPERHERO

Nancy: She came home and she said, "Well, I'm going to the recruiter, I'm going to join the Army." And I went, "Wow."

Shannon: I kind of knew their reaction would be a little like, "Are you crazy? What are you thinking?"

Brad: Personally, I didn't really want her to go. I was a little nervous about it. I said to her, "You know, if you do this, you more than likely will be overseas at one point in time." And she told me, "I understand that, and I'm ready to do that." Her exact words were, "I want to serve my country."

Shannon: He was a very honest recruiter. He said, "As an MP, you will be deploying." And to me right there, just, that was just, I wanted to do it. I wanted to do my part in this world.

Brad: I had a knot in my chest, 'cause I knew that eventually deployment would come about.

Shannon: At first I was real, real nervous because I was fresh out of Basic Training, but I think that was the best training I could've possibly had, was to be deployed right away.

Brad: She ain't no little girl no more, but she's my little girl, and she was going off to war, simple as that. Every day I would go to work and the very first thing I would do would be to head right for the computer and fire it up and [think] "Please be there, Shannon. Please be there." I think I must have said it every e-mail, every phone call. I was so proud of her; it was hard to get the words out without crying.

Shannon: I feel like my self-confidence just went through the roof. I can do whatever they throw at me. There may be a little setback here and there, but you overcome that setback and you just drive on.

Brad: We're amazed. Her brother thinks the world of her. She's just his superhero. I was that way too. I think I sent her an e-mail once and said, "Superman himself could land next to me and I'd say, 'Excuse me, sir. You're blocking the view of my daughter.'"