Here's everything you need to know if you want to join the US Army
Alun Thomas/US Army Recruiting Command
Army recruiter Lt. Col. Scott Morley gives the oath of enlistment to 35 future soldiers before an NFL game in Glendale, Arizona, November 18, 2018.
- For someone who wants to join the US Army, the first step is calling a local recruiting office.
- The path to enlistment includes an aptitude exam, medical screening, and career counseling - all before taking an oath or making a commitment.
- Once enlisted, recruits head off to basic combat training, the Army's boot camp.
The Army also has options for those who want to serve as commissioned officers. Which option is best depends on your education level, where you want to go to school, and your age or family status.
Enlistees can also join the Army Reserves or Army National Guard directly.Advertisement
First, you'll need to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB.
You'll eventually meet with a recruiter.Advertisement
Once you decide to enlist, the recruiter will take you to a Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS.
Boot Camp, or Basic Combat Training, has three phases.Advertisement
If you're applying for a ROTC scholarship or admission to the Military Academy at West Point, the process starts online.
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).Advertisement
Officer Candidate School (OCS).