Benefit From Many
College Options.

One of the most important benefits of Army Reserve is the ability to further your education — ways to help you stay in college, pay for college, or pay off existing student loans.

Civilian/Soldier Profiles (NPS)

Meet more Army Reserve Soldiers who balance civilian and Soldier life while standing ready to defend their country.

Now Finish College
Without Interruption

Many Army Reserve units now offer the new, innovative Education Career Stabilization (ECS) program, which allows deferment from mobilization while you are completing your college degree.

Army Reserve

Serving in the Army Reserve means you'll still have a civilian job, but you'll train each month close to home and complete a two-week training exercise once a year. This way you will be trained and ready if called.

Prior Military Service

If you have prior military experience, the Army Reserve is a great way for you to expand on your skills, lead other Soldiers and receive many Army benefits.

Featured Profile

SGT William Morton

Radar Repairer

"The Army Reserve really did give me a skill that I am going to use for the rest of my life."

ARMY RESERVE HISTORY

Since 1908, Soldiers in the Army Reserve have served with excellence in military, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions, including WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism.

THE FINE PRINT

Terms of service for Army Reserve enlistments range from one to six years. All Soldiers have an eight-year military service obligation (MSO). Soldiers in the Army Reserve may be called to Active Duty service for limited periods of time. Federal law protects Army Reserve Soldiers' jobs if they're called to Active Duty.

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The Fine Print

Terms of service for Army Reserve enlistments range from one to six years. All Soldiers have an eight-year military service obligation (MSO). Soldiers in the Army Reserve may be called to Active Duty service for limited periods of time, typically up to 12 months in times of crisis. Federal law protects Army Reserve Soldiers' jobs if they're called to Active Duty.

Active Duty or Army Reserve

Learn the differences between serving on Active Duty or in the Army Reserve.

Gaining a Master’s Degree (and more)

Watch Captain Paul Gonzalez explain how he’s taken advantage of the many opportunities the Army Reserve provides, including getting his master’s degree.

Earning a prestigious degree for free

See how the Army Reserve helped Captain Sandra Altamirano get into the USC Annenberg School of Journalism — and come out with zero student loans.

Serving country and family

Watch Sergeant Robert Catanach tell how the Army Reserve enabled him to serve his country while living close to home to help raise his child.

THE MONEY ADDS UP
Army Reserve Soldiers work to attach pieces of an improved ribbon bridge

In the Army Reserve, you may qualify for up to a $20,000 enlistment bonus, get money for college and repayment of your student loan.

ARMY RESERVE
army reserve careers

Serving in the Army Reserve means you'll still have a civilian job, but you'll train each month close to home and complete a two-week training exercise once a year. This way you will be trained and ready if called.

Beyond the Uniform

Experience the journeys of ten people who found their paths in the U.S. Army Reserve.