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.

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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YOUR CHILDREN'S POINT OF VIEW

My first reaction when he let me know that he wants to join the Army, at the beginning, I was kind of confused because I didn’t understand why he wants to join the Army. We talked about it, and I said it was going to be his own decision because he was old enough to decide what is best for him. We were a little bit scared and confused, it’s kind of hard to tell the feelings. But now to see him graduate – everything, all of those feelings, it really goes away. You can see your son change in different ways, discipline – he is a different person.