Step 1: Is the US Army Right For You?

Any job or career change should be viewed objectively. Consider the life style, the job, location, benefits, and opportunities.

Putting Yourself in Harm's Way

To be a US Army Soldier is to be a part of the world's best fighting force. Soldiers spend their days training, working, and serving together to protect America's freedoms. But they also have time after work for family, friends, and personal interests. From recruitment to retirement, the US Army provides a unique and diverse lifestyle for soldiers.

Consider the role the Army plays in the US military. The Army is a key component of the US Armed Forces, providing expeditionary land forces wherever—and whenever—they are required. Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Army trains and equips soldiers—and creates leaders among them—to rapidly respond when they are called upon to serve our nation.

Many people know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage mean. But how often do you see someone actually live up to them? Soldiers learn these values in detail during Basic Combat Training (BCT), from then on they live them every day in everything they do—whether they’re on the job or off. Find out more about Army Values of LDRSHIP.

The Army Lifestyle

Most Soldiers are pleasantly surprised by the facilities an Army Post offers. You’ll find fitness centers, movie theaters, even tax-free shopping at the Post Exchange (PX) and Commissary—where you can buy almost anything from DVD players to groceries to clothing. With all this within reach, an Army Post isn’t just a place to live — it’s a community.

Where you live on an Army Post depends on your rank and family situation, those with higher rank or number of family members, have more housing options. For most new Soldiers, living on Post is a lot like living in an apartment complex. Read more about US Army Housing now.

Post Features

An Army Post is also a place to make friends and spend your free time. From bowling alleys to computer labs, weight rooms to restaurants, Soldiers have plenty of options for fun, relaxation and learning.

Army Posts offer a variety of facilities for Soldiers to do almost anything they want during their spare time. These facilities can include:

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Movie theaters
  • Libraries
  • Computer labs
  • Places of worship
  • Parks and swimming pools
  • Bowling alleys
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis courts
  • Riding stables
  • Auto shop
  • Restaurants
  • Bars and clubs

Army.com has a directory of US Army posts across our nation.

Do You Qualify?

You must be between the ages of 17 and 34, be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien, be healthy and in good physical condition, and be in good moral standing. For more information about eligibility and concerns you may have about drugs, tattoos, criminal history, medical issues, or other potential obstacles to joining, check out Can I Join The Army? now.

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