Joining the Army
Army Enlisted Job (MOS) Descriptions
The Army calls their enlisted jobs MOSs, or "Military Occupation Specialties." The Army has around 190 MOSs available for enlisted Soldiers. Similar specialties are divided into "branches" or "fields." Below are the Army enlisted job fields. Click on each field so see a list of MOS's that fall under that branch, as well as links to complete...
ASVAB Scores Required for Army Jobs
The Army converts the ASVAB subtest scores into 10 composite score areas known as line scores. The line scores determine what job(s) an individual qualifies for. Here are the line score requirements for Army enlisted jobs (MOS).
Officer Job Descriptions & Qualification Factors
Detailed information about jobs and needed qualification to obtain those jobs for commissioned officers in the United States Army.
Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) Enlistment Option
The Army is the only service where individuals must enlist first, before attending Officer Candidate School (OCS). Under the Army's Enlistment Program 9D, applicants enlist with a guarantee of attending OCS, after completion of enlisted basic training.
Look into the life of PFC Rossy as he deals with Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD from late-September of 2002 until early-January of 2003.
Site dedicated to soldiers, by soldiers, all about Army Basic Training.
Army Basic Experience
Outstanding series of Time Magazine "mini-articles" about the Army Boot Camp experience.
Army Basic Training
To achieve “Soldier” status, recruits now spend 21 days in the field during basic training. The training focus has changed dramatically from what was primarily a standards, discipline and soldierization process to one of intensive combat skills.
Army Civilian Aquired Skills Program (ACASP)
The ACASP attracts and uses persons with civilian-acquired skills required by the Army. Persons qualified for the ACASP may be given an advance in grade upon enlistment. They may be entitled to accelerated promotion based on the skill level held and demonstrated duty performance.
Army National Guard Recruiting
Official Army National Guard Recruiting page. Join the National Guard and become one of America's citizen-soldiers.
Army OSUT/AIT Training Restrictions
The amount of "freedom" one has in intial entry training depends upon the particular phase of training one is currently in.
Army Recruiter Locator
Type in your zip code and this form returns the address of the Army recruiter closest to you.
Official Army Recruiters Home page. Contains general information about joining the Army.
Army Recruiting Progress
Army Recruiting Goal progress as of May 2004.
Aviation (Flying) Medical Physicals
These pages list medical conditions which are disqualifying for selection for Army Aviation Duty, for Flight Class I, 2, 3, and 4 Medical Examinations.
Basic Training - Fort Benning
Official page for the Army boot camp program at Fort Benning.
Basic Training - Fort Sill
Official web site for Army Basic Training at Fort Sill, the home of Artillery boot camp.
Basic Training Diary
Daily journal of a recruit who attended Army Basic Training at Fort Knox, in the Spring of 2004.
Basic Training Journal - Fort Knox
Look into the life of PFC Rossy as he deals with Basic Combat Training in Fort Knox, KY from mid-July to late-September of 2002.
Basic Training Journal - Ft Jackson
Detailed journal from a recruit who attended Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson.
Basic Training Soldier's Handbook
TRADOC Pamplet 600-4 - Initial Entry Training Soldier's Handbook. The "bible" for recruits in Army boot camp. Contains basic Army subjects, basic soldier skills, core values, human relations, standards and traditions, and more.
Basic Training Standard Operating Procedures
These Operating Instructions were derived from a set of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for a United States Army Infantry Basic Training Battalion. While SOPs might differ somewhat from batallion to batallion, it should give a basic idea of the instructions that Drill Sergeants and basic training staff members operate under.
Basic Training Tips
Tips from someone who has "been there, done that."
Be Ready for Army Basic Training
Trade Paperback Book for $16.00. This book is an insider’s view of Army Basic Training. If you ever wondered what it was like or are planning on enlisting in today’s Army, this book will take you there. Find out what to expect, how to prepare and see what happens here on a daily basis.
Boot Camp at Fort Jackson
U.S. Army Soldier's Managine article about Army boot camp at Fort Jackson.
Chris's Letters from Boot Camp
Letters home from a recruit who attened basic training at Ft Leonard Wood, MO in October of 1999.
Corporal Recruiting Program
Selected PFCs can volunteer for recruiting duty, and be laterally promoted to Corporal. Here are the details of this program.
Army Recruiting Command
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command recruits and processes soldiers -- both officers and enlisted personnel -- into the active Army and the U.S. Army Reserve.
Criminal History Waivers
Nobody has a right to serve in the United States Army. Federal law and Department of Defense directives give the military services significant leeway in determining who they want to accept for enlistment or commission. An applicant's criminal and moral history plays a large role on whether or not they are eligible to join the United States Army.
The United States Army offers several options for enlistment into the Regular Army (RA) or the U.S. Army Reserves (USAR).
Extending Basic Training
The Army is extending the length of its basic training from nine weeks to ten weeks.
GED Plus Enlistment Program
The GED Plus Program enables applicants who currently do not possess a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate to be sponsored by the Army to obtain a GED for enlistment purposes.
High School Graduate Numbers
The percent of Army recruits with a high school diploma dropped in 2007, continuing a trend that has worsened since the start of the Iraq war.
Jobs for Non-Citizens
Current Army regulations prohibit granting a security clearance to non-U.S. citizens. Additionally, some Army jobs may only be performed by U.S. citizens, regardless of security clearance requirements. Here are Army jobs that can be performed by Non-U.S. Citizens.
Military Occupation Specilaty Codes for Army enlisted personnel, along with a brief synopsis of duties entailed by the job.
National Guard - Oregon
Official web site for the Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting.
All about the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School.
DOD article discussion One-Station-Unit-Training (which combines basic training and AIT school) for Armor personnel.
Physical Fitness Calendar
Need to get in shape to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test? This 3-month calendar will help you work yourself up to a passing grade.
Rank Determinations for Prior Service Joining the Active Duty Army
Here are the rules for prior service personnel joining the active duty Army for determination of initial active duty enlistment rank.
The Army Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows members of the Army National Guard or Army Reserves to simultaneously participate in ROTC.
Take a look and see what Army Special Forces have to offer you.
Recruiting information for the Army Special Forces.
Surviving Army Boot Camp
Part III of a multi-part article about military basic training. In this part, all about Army Basic Training.
The Way it Used to Be
An account of Army Basic Training during the Korean War Period.
Warrant Officer Recruiting
How to join the U.S. Army as a Warrant Officer.
Weight Standards - Females
Minimum and maximum weight requirements for females wishing to join the United States Army.
Weight Standards - Males
Minimum and maximum weight requirements for males wishing to join the United States Army.
What is it Like to be an Army MP?
What is it like to be an Army MP? A member of our message forum details the life, training, and duties.
Army Warrant Officer Jobs - MOS 420A
Detailed job descriptions and qualification factors for warrant officer jobs (MOS) in the United States Army.
Part II of a multi-part feature article ("So, You Want to be an Officer") about becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Military. In this part, all about applying for Army Officer Candidate School (OCS).
Special Recruiters Assistance Program for Officers
Officers can now share their deployment experiences with their local communities through the Army Special Recruiter Assistance Program.