The Calling

See how five young Americans made the most important decision of their lives, for reasons as diverse as they are.

Redefining Tough

Although she had a difficult childhood, Jennifer learned that no matter how hard life gets, there are still good, helpful people in the world—the kind she aspired to become.

Spc. Jennifer Liriano | U.S. Army Reserve

Practical Nursing Specialist (68C)

Their Army Path:

  • Enlistment in the U.S. Army Reserve
  • Medical Training
  • Army Practical Nursing Specialist & Civilian Registered Nurse

The Unreachable Dream

Growing up on Army bases, David dreamed of piloting the helicopters he’d see fly over his backyard. But he never thought he was smart enough to make his dream a reality.

1st Lt. David Toguchi | U.S. Army Active Duty

Aviation Officer (15A)

Their Army Path:

  • Army ROTC
  • Officer Commission
  • Flight School
  • Chinook Pilot

The Day That Changed Him

Being a first-generation immigrant, Rickie was taught early in life that hard work can take you far. He knew how he’d apply this lesson to his own life after a single moment that changed his perspective forever.

1st Lt. Rickie Plaisir | U.S. Army Active Duty

Signal Officer (25A)

Their Army Path:

  • High School JROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Officer Commission
  • Signal Officer Basic Course
  • Signal Officer

Carving Her Own Path

Raised by two supportive mothers, Emma felt lucky to have such powerful role models in her life. Inspired by their courage and conviction, she was determined to face challenges of her own and shatter stereotypes along the way.

Cpl. Emma Malonelord | U.S. Army Active Duty

Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator (14H)

Their Army Path:

  • Enlistment in the U.S. Army Active Duty
  • Basic & Advanced Job Training
  • Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning System Operator

A Powerful Voice

Though her ability to sing took her all over the world, Janeen kept returning to her roots. Her talent was only part of who she really was, and her true purpose was a legacy much greater.

1st Lt. Janeen Phelps | U.S. Army Reserve

Public Affairs Officer (46A)

Their Army Path:

  • Enlistment in the U.S. Army Reserve
  • Basic & Advanced Job Training
  • Radio & COMSEC Repairer
  • ROTC
  • Officer Commission
  • Defense Information School
  • Public Affairs Officer

Start your inspiring story

If you’re feeling called to join the U.S. Army, we’re here to talk to you. Whether you’re ready to take the next step or you still have questions, we’ll make sure you get all the answers you need.

Thanks for reaching out,

Here's What Happens Next

  1. You'll receive an email confirming your request

  2. We'll provide additional information about next steps

  3. You'll work with us to decide whether the Army is right for you

Questions you may have right now

Who will reach out to me?

One of our recruiters will either call or email you to set up time to talk.

Who will reach out to me?

One of our ROTC recruiters will either call or email you to set up time to talk.

What will you ask me?

Our conversation will likely begin with some basic qualifying questions, like your age and education level. From there, the conversation will be about getting to know you and your goals for the future. Expect us to ask about your interests and skills so we can suggest Army jobs that might interest you.

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

How can the Army help me pay for college?

Do I have to go to Basic Training?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

How can the Army help me pay for college?

What is the time commitment for part-time service?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

Can the Army help me pay for medical school?

Do I have to go to Basic Training?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

How do I apply for ROTC scholarships?

How do I join ROTC at the college I want to attend?

Will I be expected to join if I talk to someone?

No. Our goal is to answer your questions and help you decide if the Army is a good option for you. We understand you may not be ready to join yet, or that we may not be the right fit, and that's fine. There's no obligation for talking to us.

Thanks for reaching out, .

We admire you for considering such a big career decision at your age. Unfortunately, we're unable to directly reach out to you until you are at least sixteen years old and a junior in high school. However, the following ROTC info is something that may interest you now.

Questions you may have right now

How old do I have to be to serve in the Army full-time?

To become an enlisted Soldier, you must be 17 years old. To become an Army Officer, you must be 18 years old and a college graduate. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you

How do I apply for ROTC Scholarships?

Army ROTC has several scholarships available for college-bound high school students. Review your options at ROTC Scholarships, or immediately apply by creating an account at mygoarmy.com to get started.

How old do I have to be to serve in the Army part-time?

To become an enlisted Soldier, you must be 17 years old. To become an Army Officer, you must be 18 years old and a college graduate. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements

What are the ways to serve part-time?

You can serve part-time as a Soldier in the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. By serving part-time, you are able to continue your college education or work a civilian job, while earning an extra paycheck and maintaining many of the benefits of military service.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you.

How do I become a health care provider in the Army?

You can serve part-time or full-time as you train in our health care program. Upon graduation of the program, you will enter the Army health care team as a Commissioned Officer.

What types of medical careers are available in the Army?

There are numerous health care careers available through the Army Medical Education Deparment (AMEDD), including physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and many more. View your career options.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you.

What are the benefits of joining ROTC?

ROTC makes it possible to achieve your ambitions. Become a leader and serve your country in one of the nation's top leadership training programs. You can do this while maintaining your college curriculum and earning up to 100% tuition coverage. Upon graduation, you're guaranteed a career as an Army Officer.

How do I prepare to join ROTC?

When you're at least 16 years old and at least a high school junior, you can reach out to us, or even talk to your high school counselor. Together, we'll talk options and decide if ROTC is the right path for you.

Will I become an Officer if I complete ROTC?

Yes. After graduation, you are commissioned as a highly respected second lieutenant in the Army, entrusted with leading other Soldiers.

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