Careers & Jobs
U.S Army drill sergeants outside


  • Open to all MOS
  • Special Duty Assignment Pay
  • $20,000 Bonus for those who qualify
  • Promotion opportunities
  • Diverse assignment options
  • 24-month deployment deferment
  • Full-time pay and benefits while serving on active duty
  • Low-cost TRICARE Reserve Select for you and your family
  • Full access to commissary and PX
  • Access to Army Reserve Retirement programs
  • Education and tuition assistance
  • Training and unit locations across the country and abroad
  • Commitment is as little as 41 days each year
  • Opportunity for additional duty periods and full-time Drill Sergeant positions


  • Meet physical fitness standards and pass the APFT
  • Meet Army height and weight standards
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GT score of 100 ( or 90 with a waiver)
  • Display professional military bearing and good conduct
  • Good communication skills
  • Minimum four-years of military service
  • Pass background screen

Drill Sergeant Training

Drill Sergeant candidates attend the Army Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, S.C. This course can be completed in one continuous phase of 65 days. To work around your civilian or college requirements, you can attend the school in three separate 22-day phases.


Active Army Drill Sergeants, qualified NCOs and E-4s should contact their Command Career Counselor or installation Reserve Component Career Counselor to learn more about how to become an Army Reserve Drill Sergeant. Call (800) 325-4389 or (502) 613-4200 to get the name of your installation RCCC.

Previously serving Soldiers should contact their local Army Reserve recruiter.

You can also obtain additional information form the Army Reserve’s 108th Training Command Career Counselor at (704) 227-2820, ext. 2408, 2836 or 4214.