Joining the Army

The Joining the Army section covers the requirements that must be satisfied to join the Army as well as explaining the process

Army Standards and Requirements

  • Basic Army Eligibility Requirements
    Basic eligibility requirements include min/max age, citizenship, acceptable education credentials / GED requirements, minimum ASVAB (specifically AFQT) score, physical fitness, dependency status, and moral character.
  • Army Maximum Weight and Body Fat Chart
    The minimum and maximum weight is based on your height. Maximum allowable body fat is based on age. We provide the complete table here in PDF format.
  • Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) Standards
    Soldiers must be able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Learn about the APFT and the requirements for your age group. View APFT chart.

Process of Joining the Army

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Joining the Army
    Our helpful guide outlines the process of enlisting in the Army and provides assistance in obtaining enlistment incentives and early /advanced promotions.
  • Picking an Army MOS (job)
    One of the most important decisions in your military career starts with selecting an MOS at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Don't take it lightly! Read through our tips to help you choose the perfect job and score any possible enlistment incentive you qualify for. Research jobs before you go to MEPS!
  • Visiting the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
    The trip to the military entrance processing station (MEPS) can be nerve wracking but it doesn't need to be. Arm yourself with knowledge before you go and the process becomes much less stressful.
  • Future Soldiers Program
    Formerly known as the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), most enlistees into the Army spend at least a few months in the Future Soldiers Program before shipping to basic combat training. Not only does it prepare you for basic training, but it can also lead to an advanced promotion if the pre-basic training task list is completed. Learn all about the program here.
  • Basic Combat Training (BCT) - coming soon
    Learn about what you'll go through in basic combat training here. Rest assured, the horror stories of yesteryear are long since gone.
  • Advanced Individual Training (AIT) - coming soon
    Except for those doing One Station Unit Training (OSUT), such as infantry or Military Police, everyone else will move on to advanced individual training (AIT) after basic training. This is where you learn the skills needed to perform your MOS.