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.
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.