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Working with a recruiter

As you think about your future in the Army, your recruiter will be there to support you at every step of the process.

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Recruiters Help Guide You On Your Journey

Army recruiters look for strong candidates to fill important positions. It’s their job to help you understand all aspects of Army service so you can make the right decision. As Army experts, your recruiter will:

  • Help you decide if joining the Army is a good fit
  • Guide you throughout the process of joining
  • Educate you on the 200+ job opportunities available in the Army

Take the First Step

If you’re thinking about joining, reach out and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

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,

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.

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:

Do I qualify to join the Army?

Can I join as an Officer?

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:

Do I qualify to join the Army?

Can I join as an Officer?

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:

What type of health care jobs are available in the Army?

Can the Army help me pay for medical school?

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 I join ROTC at my age

Can I join as an Officer?

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 at least 18 years old and have a college degree obtained either through ROTC, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or from another college or university program. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements and how to receive Officer training while in college.

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 my.goarmy.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 at least 18 years old and have a college degree obtained either through ROTC, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or from another college or university program. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements and how to receive Officer training while in college.

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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    What It’s Like to Work With an Army Recruiter

    For Army recruiters, success is finding motivated individuals who are qualified and passionate about military service.

    They know the Army well

    All recruiters know the Army well, and can help you understand what it’s like to join and what Army life is all about, so you can determine if it’s a fit for you.

    They’re here to help

    It's a recruiter's job to provide every resource you need. This includes connecting you with a bilingual recruiter if you or a family member prefers communicating in Spanish.

    Questions to Ask Your Army Recruiter

    It’s important to prepare yourself before meeting with a recruiter. Think about what matters to you and what you need to know before you commit. Here’s a list of questions to help you get started.

    Reasons to Join

    • What are the top reasons to join the Army?
    • What are the requirements to join the Army?
    • What are the main differences between how I can serve?
    • Which career path is best for my goals: enlisted Soldier or Officer?

    The Commitment

    • From start to finish, what is the joining process like?
    • What is a service commitment and why is it so important?
    • If I join, how long will my service commitment be?
    • How long does it take to become an Officer?
    • When can I enlist?
    • How long will the process take to enlist?
    • What can I do to prepare for MEPS?

    Basic Training

    • What is Basic Training like?
    • Do I need to be in good physical shape?
    • What can I do to prepare for it?
    • Will get paid in Basic Training?
    • How do I pay my bills?
    • What do I need to know or do before leaving for training?

    Army Jobs

    • What kind of jobs does the Army offer?
    • Will I be able to choose my job? How will my ASVAB score impact things?
    • How can I get promotions and advance my career in the Army?

    Benefits

    • What education and financial benefits does the Army offer?
    • How does the pay and compensation compare to other jobs?
    • What benefits will I get after I serve?

    Army Life

    • Where will I be stationed for my job-specific training?
    • What will life be like at my first unit?
    • Will I be able to go home to visit my family?
    • Can I be stationed overseas?

    Your Personal History

    • What if I have a medical condition?
    • What if I’ve been arrested or had trouble with the law?
    • Do I meet the physical requirements to join?

    Common Questions About Working With an Army Recruiter

    What will my recruiter ask?

    The conversation will likely begin with some basic qualifying questions, like your age, education level, and citizenship status. 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.

    Can I bring someone with me to meet the recruiter?

    Of course. Even though there is no obligation or pressure in meeting with a recruiter, some candidates feel more comfortable bringing a trusted family member or friend along. Recruiters are here to have open, honest conversations and help you in your process, and if bringing a family member or friend along with you helps you feel more secure, then you absolutely should.

    What should I wear when meeting an Army recruiter?

    First impressions are important. For the initial meeting, dress the way you would for any job interview: professional and thoughtful. As you get further along in the process, you can dress more casually.

    Do I need to bring anything when I meet with my recruiter?

    Bring a list of questions and topics you’d like to talk about. You can also ask a friend or relative to join the meeting. If you decide to join, your recruiter will eventually need to review paperwork including your birth certificate, high school diploma, and social security card.

    How long will my relationship with my recruiter last?

    If you decide to join the Army, you’ll continue to work with your recruiter after you sign your service contract. Your recruiter will be there to help you prepare for Basic Training and make a smooth transition into Army life. Whether you keep in touch is up to you, but many Soldiers choose to do just that.

    What recruiter can I talk to about becoming an Army Officer?

    ROTC Recruiters, or Recruiting Operations Officers (ROOs), can answer your questions about joining theArmy as an Officer through ROTC. Contact us and select an interest in Officership to be connected to a ROO. They can help you understand the options for Officership.