U.S. Army soldiers are bright, honest, dedicated and totally committed to the mission. All share common values, a creed and a Warrior Ethos.
These seven values are the cornerstone of all the Army does today and all of its future successes. Army values form the foundation of a Soldier’s character. They guide Soldiers making difficult decisions in combat, as well as in their daily lives. They are at the very core of every good Soldier and demand the highest moral standard without compromise, making better Soldiers and citizens.
Army values form the identity of America’s Army as an organization, and are the glue that binds individual Soldiers together into a profession.
Before you talk to a recruiter, be sure you meet the minimum qualifications for serving in the U.S. Army. Qualifications are:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
- You must be at least 17 years old (17-year old applicants require parental consent).
- You must be between the ages of 17 – 34.
- You must have a high school diploma (or equivalent).
- You must pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
- You must pass a physical medical exam.
- You must have no more than two dependents.
Check the height and weight requirements and the physical fitness requirements. Take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a multiple choice test designed to help identify your strengths and personal characteristics. The objective of the test is to determine which Army jobs (Military Occupational Specialty – MOS) will best suit you. ASVAB Test Design. Tips for taking the ASVAB. How is the test scored?
Visit one of the network of 65 MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Stations) located nationwide and in Puerto Rico. This is where you go to enlist in the Army. Here you will find out if you qualify physically and choose a MOS. The MOS may impact where you are stationed for Basic Training. This is also where you will be sworn in to the United States Army.
Non U.S. Citizens
To join the U.S. Army, you must be an American citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residency. The Immigration and Naturalization Service can provide information; go to http://uscis.gov/graphics/index.htm to start the process.
U.S. Army regulations prohibit Army recruiters from assisting or sponsoring you in to the United States. Once you have an I-551 (green card) or a document reflecting "processing for an I-551", you can pursue enlistment.