Future Soldier Program?

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MisterMark93
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What exactly is the future soldier program and I'm 17 so am I too late to do this program? Would like to start off as an E-2 or E-3 after basic if possible.

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Future Soldiers Program

You can learn more about the Future Soldier Program at http://www.futuresoldiers.com/.

MisterMark93
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That's how I found out about

That website is how I found out about the program. From what I know in order to register in that site you must be in the program or have a relative in it. I didn't really understand it and I had a relative that did this program I think. Isn't this when you have to learn the Military Alphabet, pass PT, properly road march, etc. in order to be start as an E2?

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RE:Future Soldier Program

The FSTP is designated for those who have a contract, are sworn in & awaiting shipping to BCT. It used to be called the Delayed Entry Program,DEP. (I guess it still is, unofficially). At that time you'll have access to the website that has the course. I believe that's on AKO, Army Knowledge Online which is only available to Soldiers - Active Duty, Reserve Component & Retirees. DEPers are authorized go on to take the course.

Learning the military alphabet,the 24 hour time system are part of the things you'll learn.

You're correct - pass that course & the PT test given by your Recruiter & you'll enter the Army as an E-2. It's strongly encouraged for even those who are already entering the Army at a higher rank to be active in the program. You'll learn things that you'll be taught at BCT.

I'm pretty sure that if you were to recruit one person to enter the Army either with you or before you you'll go in as an E-3 after completing the future Soldier Program.

MisterMark93
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Okay thanks Master Sergeant

Okay thanks Master Sergeant Glenn greatly appreciate it. My next question to ask is how do I join this program? My educated guess of your answer is to contact a recruiter near you. I want the Army to go out searching trying to recruit me not me knocking on their door. I want to try to milk them out as much as I can since they are going to do the same with me.

MSG Glenn
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FTSP

You'll have to actually enlist in the Army before you can be in the Furure Soldier Training Program. You do that while your waiting to ship to basic.

Don't hold your breath waiting for a Recruiter to knock on your door. They have plenty of recruits & are busy as hell. I suggest that you at least contact a Recruiting Station. Ask a few questions, get your name on the list. You're under no obligation to enlist at that point. If the Recruiter wants you to come in on a Tuesday & you'd rather go another day that's totally up to you. The only obligation you'll have is after you go to MEPS, take the ASVAB, physical & get your contract written & signed. Then you'll get sworn in & at that time you'll be obligated.

The time around the Christmas season has been traditionally a slow time for Recruiters & it might be a good time to get the ball rolling. Although with the civilian job situation all bets are off. There are many that are joining because they can't find a job.

At this time it's taking about 6 months between signing the contract & actually shipping to basic training so even if you signed up today you probably won't leace until early summer.

Have you thought about which MOS you'd like to take? A good idea is to have a plan B, C & D. Many MOSs are filled for quite some time & depending on how long you want to wait it could take a while before the MOS you want is available.

MisterMark93
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I have put much thought into

I have put much thought into the MOS list I want and plan. This is not the only branch I'm trying to go in. Like you said though my best shot is to take the ASVAB and see what each branch has to offer me. I'm only a junior in high school right now so I have plenty of time to reflect about this. Thanks again.

MSG Glenn
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Junior in H.S.

You can enlist in the Army between your Junior & Senior years (this summer/next fall) with a ship date after you graduate. The Army will allow you to get your diploma. As a matter of fact if you dropped out of school you'd also be dropped from delayed entry. A H.S. diploma is required to enlist in the Army. During that time you could be involved with the FSTP & also get your PT up to speed with the help of your Recruiter & some hard work on your own. DON"T WAIT UNTIL YOU GRADUATE to see a Recruiter! That's when the MOSs dry up real fast because everyone wants to join then, especially if there are no civilian jobs available or money for college. They'll have a job for 3 to 6 years & they can let the government pay for their education after they get out.

PFC Coulter
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online future soldier trouble

does anyone know why the FSTS website doesnt work on home computers and only on recruiters computers.

MSG Glenn
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@ PFC Coulter

I've heard that the online FSTP site has given many people trouble. I haven't heard of a cause but some have said the browser you use might be the problem & that those using IE7 or IE8 have the least problem. Most also said that they just resigned theirselves to use the Recruiter's computer.