How to Enlist in the U.S. Army

soldier-60707_960_720Led by the Secretary of the Army (SECARMY), the United States Army is the largest brand of the country’s Armed Forces, focusing specifically on land-based operations. If you’re thinking of joining the nearly 1-million soldiers who currently serve in the Army, we have some tips to help.

Meet the Qualifications

Like all jobs, there are certain qualifications that candidates must meet to enlist in the U.S. Army. As explained on the official Army website, these qualifications include the following:

  • Possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien
  • Between the ages of 17 and 35
  • Maintain good physical condition
  • Have good moral standing
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent

Of course, these are just the general qualifications. Depending on the specific position for which you are applying, other qualifications may be required.

Talk with a Recruiter

You should sit down and talk with a recruiter to learn more about the Army and what it takes to join. There are official Army recruiters in all states. To find one, click this link and enter your zip code.

When meeting with a recruiter, have a list of any questions that you want answered. Remember, the recruiter is there to help you decide whether or not to enlist. He or she will answer all of your questions about enlisting in the Army.

Take the ASVAB

Once you’ve made the decision to join the Army, you’ll need to take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery test, or what’s more commonly known as ASVAB. Don’t just fly through this test, but rather take your time to choose the right answers. The score you make on the ASVAB will determine which jobs in the Army you are qualified to hold. Therefore, the higher you score on the ASVAB, the greater the variety of jobs you can hold.

Pass the Physical

Not surprisingly, recruits must pass a physical fitness test to enroll in the Army. Known as the United States Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), it’s designed to test the physical strength, endurance, cardiovascular health and respiratory health of recruits. All recruits are scored based on their performance in three events: pushups, sit-ups, and a two-mile run. The APFT score ranges from 0 to 100 for each of the three aforementioned events.

Take an Oath of Enlistment

Assuming you pass the ASVAB and APFT, you’ll need to take the oath of enlistment. This is the final stage in enlistment, indicating that the recruit is ready to join the Army.

You can access the oath of enlistment by clicking here.