How to Join

See the step-by-step process it takes to join the Army - from talking to a Recruiter to finding the best position for you.

For Parents
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Wondering if the Army is a good option for your son or daughter? The Army can provide direction, career opportunities and a steady income.

Active Duty or Army Reserve?
Initial Military Training

Learn the differences between serving on active duty or in the Army Reserve.

Basic Combat Training

Follow the ten-week evolution from civilian to Soldier. BCT is where recruits discover physical and mental strength and learn what it takes to become a Soldier.

TALKING ABOUT JOINING THE ARMY

Download useful tips, facts and topics to help you start a conversation with your son or daughter about joining the Army.

Enlistment Bonuses
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Some jobs offer cash bonuses up to $40,000 for qualified applicants who enlist for a specific term of service.

How To Join

Is there a question you'd like to ask? Our online Recruiters can answer it.

Are You Army Strong?

See what it takes to be a Soldier in the U.S. Army.

MY GOARMY BENEFITS

Create a My GoArmy account and gain these features:

• Save jobs.
• Explore available jobs that match your search and qualifications.

Already a member? Log In

OFFICER CAREERS & SPECIALTIES

Take a look at over 20 different career fields that you can choose from as an Army officer.

RANKS & INSIGNIA

Get to know the ranks and insignia that Soldiers wear on their uniforms.

ENLISTED SOLDIERS OR OFFICERS?

Learn about these two types of Soldiers who together create the world’s strongest fighting force.

THE SEVEN CORE VALUES

From loyalty to personal courage, see how Soldiers in the U.S. Army live the Seven Core Values every day.

CHOOSE FROM OVER 150 JOBS

In an Army job, there are many opportunities to gain hands-on training and specialized skills that stay with you throughout your Army or civilian career.

DON'T SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Want some quick information about the Army? Ask SGT STAR! He'll provide answers to your most common questions.

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.

PaYS for Business Leaders

Are you a business leader? The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program connects companies with skilled, trained and experienced Soldiers as potential employees.

Community Partner

Are you a community or business leader? Discover the ways you, your business and your community can support Soldiers and Veterans as they transition to civilian life. 

Are You an Educator?
army educators

Did you know the U.S. Army provides more funding for educational and leadership opportunities than any other institution in the U.S.?  Get educator resources and learn more about how you can work with the Army to build the leaders of tomorrow.

FIND OUT MORE AT ARMYPAYS.COM
Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS)

The Army PaYS program can guarantee you a job interview and possible employment after the Army.

The Four Paths to
Officership
four paths to becoming an army officer

Explore the four paths to becoming a commissioned officer in the world's premier Army.

SUCCESS AFTER THE ARMY
Army PaYS program participant

ARMY PAYS PROGRAM

Employers are always looking for workers who have held leadership roles. The program establishes a relationship between you and a participating partner and affords you priority employment consideration.

Army Post Virtual Tour

Discover the life of a Soldier. An Army post has everything you would find in the civilian world and more. Take our virtual tour and find out where Soldiers live, eat, work and have fun.

¡Toma el recorrido!

Vaya a nuestro Tour Virtual del U.S Army dondre podra ver lo que seria la vida en una base militar para los soldados y sus familias.