The only way to do the paperwork to join the US Army is to visit your local/regional recruiting station and meet with a recruiter. But a recruiter is far more helpful than someone to guide your paperwork through.
Talking to an Army Recruiter is a good opportunity to ask specific questions that relate to your situation. Only by working with a Recruiter can you tailor an Army experience to meet your goals, wants and needs. Want to take advantage of money for your education? Need certain job skills? Your Recruiter can give you the specifics on all the Army benefits to help you make the most out of your Army career. Army recruiters are ready with the know-how to answer questions you have about the U.S. Army. And they’re right around your neighborhood.
When you sit down with a Recruiter, he or she will make it easy to find out if the Army is right for you. Whether it’s Active Duty or Army Reserve, or a certain length of service you’re interested in—together with your Recruiter, you’ll find the best way to serve, and choose the job that complements your abilities and future goals.
Recruiters are some of the most experienced Soldiers in the Army—that’s what makes them qualified to tell you about what the Army has to offer. Some have served overseas, some have seen combat—so you should feel free to ask them about how the Army has helped them meet their goals. Better yet, ask them how the Army can help you reach yours.
Some questions you will want to ask your recruiter include:
1. Which option is best for me: Army Active Duty, Army Reserve or ROTC?
2. How long will I serve?
3. What are my options?
4. What kind of job training can I qualify for?
5. Where will I be stationed?
6. Can I bring my family?
7. How can the Army help me get a college education?
You may bring a parent or relative with you when you visit a recruiter. One thing you should keep in mind is that the recruiter is going to ask you many personal questions during that first interview. If you don't want your parents, a relative, or friend to hear the truthful answer to these questions you should go alone.