Today's Army strives to instill the quality of leadership in its troops to produce "an Army of one," as its advertisements proclaim. This new focus on independence and individual initiative seeks to appeal to today's core military recruit: you. Soldiers have to keep in mind the long months they spend away from home. If you're in High School looking for cash towards college, the Army could be a big help. The Army provides health and dental plans, and a thirty-day paid vacation. There are over 200 different ways to serve.
Joining the Army can be a challenge and feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what to expect. Following the seven-step process (outlined on goarmy.com/army101/instep.htm) for enlisting can help make your transition into An Army of One that much easier:
1) Talk to a recruiter. To find a recruiter closest to you, go to goarmy.com.
2) Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. You can get a copy from your local recruiter.
3) Report to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Here you will take the ASVAB test, get a physical, find out where you will be stationed for Basic Training, and be sworn in as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.
4) Select a job. A job in the military is called a MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).
5) Participate in Basic Training.
6) Start Advanced Individual Training (AIT). AIT is where you get the specific training that applies to your MOS.
7) Find out where you will be stationed
With more opportunity and more choices than ever before, the knowledge and experience you gain in the Army will not only empower you to succeed, but will also help you build the confidence, skills and character traits that will stay with you for a lifetime.
The training and skills you'll gain in the Army will apply to many civilian-related jobs in areas such as administrative services, electronic maintenance, engineering, construction, health care, communications, mechanical maintenance, media and public relations, and transportation and supply services.
There are over 200 different jobs in the Army. Learn more at the Army’s website.