The choice to enlist is a calling. A chance to live a life of purpose. It’s a deeply personal choice that has been the backbone of this nation for generations.
But the shape of that career choice can take on many forms. That is why the U.S. Army allows new recruits and reservists the opportunity to choose their own personal path. Want a career in supply chain management or vehicle maintenance? The Army can help you create that path. The opportunities are as diverse as our nation, and equally as vital.
There are two primary components of the Army structure: full-time active duty and the Army Reserve. Active-duty soldiers and officers live on-site and carry out orders and complete missions while serving full-time. They receive full benefits including salary, health care and retirement. The Army provide part-time, full-success options. Soldiers in the Reserve often live where they want, attend school and work a civilian job—all while receiving Army-specific benefits. The benefits that Soldiers receive now, whether in active duty or the Reserve, become security for their future.
A future you create.
A Call to Serve
Humans have an innate desire to make a difference and be a part of something bigger than themselves. Everyone hopes to live out their purpose and leave behind a legacy that matters. For most, the path to achieving this goal may not always be linear. And many are unsure of where to start.
Perhaps it’s the soon to-be-high school graduate—searching for their path in life and seeking divine direction. Maybe, it’s the 20- or 30-year-old wanting to dig deeper and find their “why” or just hoping to find a stable job in an uncertain time. Every person has a different story, but one thing is for sure—serving the country is an obvious way that someone can feel they are leaving their mark and making an impact.
The U.S. Army is ready to streamline the process of getting every person where they want to be—with their distinct skills and passions in mind.
1775 to Today, the U.S. Army Leads the Way
From the Revolutionary War in 1775 to now in 2020, U.S. soldiers have been and continue to be held in high regard for their integrity, bravery and commitment to service and protecting our country.
Today, the U.S. Army is the largest military branch in the United States. At its core, the Army protects the country and its citizens. But it goes beyond combat. The U.S. Army is often misunderstood—guns and fighting are far from all the U.S Army has to offer. The branch is multi-faceted, consisting of a myriad of education, enlistment and career options. Service in the U.S. Army looks different for everyone.
Soldiers are doctors, coders, engineers and construction workers. They are logistics experts and civil affairs representatives. They are young professionals. They are parents, husbands and wives. And often they are strong leaders and mentors helping a next generation of recruits find their way.
Education, Careers and Real Sense of Community
Cultivating foundational education is an important aspect that the Army takes pride in, whether it’s helping you attend college through financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarships, or pursuing education during or after your service. In fact, the U.S. Army is the largest provider of scholarships in the nation, enabling scholar athletes to attend colleges and universities and become officers.
CPL Brian Hankins, Drill Sergeant Candidate in the U.S. Army Reserve, is one such Solider who reaped these benefits. CPL Hankins works his civilian job in information technology while training to be a drill sergeant in the service. “The Army paid for my degree with tuition reimbursement,” he said. “And they continue to offer me additional certifications through credentialing assistance in any career field.”
Beyond education, career opportunities in the U.S. Army are endless. There are over 150 different career fields within the Army including but not limited to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, health care and aviation. The Army has a unique career match tool and on-site recruiters and mentors that will ensure that you are on a continuum to your personalized path to success.
“The Army offers a massive variety of jobs that, with the proper level of intelligence and work, anyone can easily leverage to help themselves gain employment outside of the military,” said Tyler Jones, Reconnaissance Team Leader in the U.S. Army. “Certain jobs offer more transferable skills than others, but joining the Army in something such as a cybersecurity position could very easily lead for you leaving the Army in four years with a multitude of certifications, a Top Secret Security Clearance and real world-experience.”
Not to mention, one of the lasting benefits of enlisting in the military is the strong sense of community that Soldiers build. “The people make the Army great,” CPL Hankins said. “You make life-long, give-the-shirt-of-their-backs type of friends.”
The way you choose to serve can be tailor-made for you. “I truly believe the Army is for everybody now,” said CPL Hankins.
No matter the trajectory you take within the U.S. Army, you are guaranteed to gain imperative life skills and disciplines that will ensure current and future success. The path to a fulfilling life often comes in the midst of selflessly serving others. The U.S. Army is here to help you achieve just that—and find your “why” along the way.