How to Set Up an Appointment With an Army Recruiter

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You might think setting up an appointment with an Army recruiter would be as easy as picking up the phone and calling one up. But if you want to do it right, there’s a lot of preparation a person interested in enlisting should do beforehand, according to a variety of military websites and (See Reference 1.) Considerations regarding how to serve, possible career and job choices, questions about training and length of tours, and general concerns about enlisting should be formulated even before a call is made.

1 Be prepared

2 First

First, make sure you're eligible to serve in the military. Review these points before talking to a recruiter:

3 Be a U.S. citizen

You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.

4 Be at least 17 years

You must be at least 17 years old. Those who are 17 are required to get parental consent. You must have a high school diploma to enlist in the Army although the Reserves have a GED waiver.

5 Pass a physical medical exam

You must pass a physical medical exam.

6 Choose in which capacity

Choose in which capacity you'd like to join. Those interested in enlisting might want to decide which way they want to serve-either full time on active duty or part time with the Army Reserve or National Guard before calling for an appointment with a recruiter. The Army Reserve allows you to continue your civilian career, though all soldiers might be deployed if the need arises. Once you enlist, you are committing to serve for a specific amount of time either way.

7 Contact an Army recruiter

Contact an Army recruiter. Recruiters seek out qualified candidates and meet with those interested in joining the Army to help them through the enlistment process. While recruiters talk about Army opportunities “in positive but realistic terms,” their job is to answer questions potential enlistees might have, according to

8 Prepare a list of questions

Prepare a list of questions before meeting a recruiter. Some of the questions suggested include:

9 What does the recruiting process entail

What does the recruiting process entail?

10 Why should I join the Army

Why should I join the Army?

11 To join

Are there any special incentives to join?

12 Really goes on in basic combat training

What really goes on in basic combat training?

13 S the balance

What’s the balance of classroom and physical training?

14 Have to be in at the start

What kind of condition do you have to be in at the start?

15 Have to meet

What are the physical standards candidates have to meet?

16 Does the first term

How long does the first term last?

17 Have programs

Do you have programs of different lengths?

18 Get your parents involved

Get your parents involved. The recruiter might want to talk to the potential enlistee and his parents together. It’s advised that parents and child discuss goals and concerns that the recruiter might address before the appointment takes place. Parents might want to write up a list of their own questions to pose to the recruiter.

19 Get your paperwork together prior to the appointment

Get your paperwork together prior to the appointment. Documents include:

20 Driver ’ s license

Driver’s license

21 Social Security card

Social Security card

22 Green card

Green card (if applicable)

23 Passport

Passport (if you have one)

24 Birth certificate

Birth certificate

25 Marriage license or divorce papers

Marriage license or divorce papers (if applicable)

26 Ask yourself

Ask yourself why you want to enlist. The website,, says people who are about to meet with recruiters should ask themselves why they want to enlist. College benefits? Patriotism? A career? According to the website, there are no wrong answers as long as you have weighed benefits and obligations before starting the recruitment process. (See Reference 2.)