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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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Phyllis: When Antoine graduated from high school, I was just kind of concerned about what direction he would want to take, and I knew that my son Kevin had already experienced the Army.

Phyllis: So I thought I would see if Antoine wanted to go out there and talk to him, to see if that's something that would be of interest to him.

Antoine: Well, originally I was going to look at all the branches. Marines, Air Force, Navy. And I finally set on the Army because my brother gave me a lot of good influence on that.

Phyllis: I was really interested in him just getting some direction in life, and I knew that education is very important to our family. I figured that he would get a chance to get a job and education, and just kind of have a basis for the rest of his life.