• Contact A Recruiter

    Contact a Recruiter

    Contact A Recruiter

    Today’s Military needs candidates with the right abilities and a real desire to join. A military recruiter can help answer questions about service, providing a positive but realistic assessment of opportunities. Recruiters from multiple Service branches may share a location, and young adults should feel encouraged to speak to more than one. Parents should also feel comfortable talking to recruiters. It is a recruiter's job to address concerns and provide good information to both those interested in serving and those close to them.

  • What to expect



    Once a young adult has expressed interest in the Service, a visit to a recruiter is a good next step. A recruiter’s job is to find qualified candidates for his or her respective Service and provide the candidates with information about – and reasons for – joining the Military. Meeting with a recruiter does not obligate an individual to serve; it’s simply a chance to ask questions and get honest answers. You can expect a recruiter to talk about opportunities in his or her Service in positive but realistic terms.

    Potential recruits can and should talk to recruiters from multiple branches to compare opportunities. Don’t be surprised if a recruiter wants to talk to both child and parents together. Recruiters have seen the important role family support can play in the decision to enlist, and they encourage everyone to be informed.

  • Contact Services

    Contact Services Online or by Phone

    Army1-888-550-ARMY (2769) (1-888-550-2769)
    Marine Corps/Marine Corps Reserve800-MARINES (1-800-627-4637)
    Navy 800-USA-NAVY (1-800-872-6289)
    Air Force800-423-USAF (1-800-423-8723)
    Coast Guard/Coast Guard ReserveN/A
    Army National Guard800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273)
    Army Reserve888-550-ARMY (1-888-550-2769)
    Navy Reserve800-USA-USNR (1-800-872-8767)
    Air National Guard800-TO-GO-ANG (1-800-864-6264)
    Air Force Reserve1-800-257-1212

    Questions to ask

  • Questions to ask a Recruiter

    Questions to ask a Recruiter

    Service in the Military can be a great opportunity, as long as it fits into a young adult’s educational and personal development goals. Meeting with a recruiter can help clarify these goals and determine whether service is the right choice. Parents and children should discuss such goals with each other before they meet with a recruiter. That way everyone is on the same page. Also, developing specific questions prior to the meeting is an excellent and recommended way to prepare. Here are some to get you started.

    General Questions

    •    How is your Service branch different from the others?

    •    What is the recruiting process like from beginning to end?

    •    Why should I join the (Service)?

    •    Do you have any special incentives to join?

    •    What's the Delayed Enlistment Program?


    Basic Training

    •    What really goes on in Basic Training?

    •    What's the balance of classroom and physical training?

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

    •    What are the physical standards candidates have to meet?

    •    What are training and drill instructors like today?

    •    What percent of people who start Basic Training complete it?

    •    Can two friends go through Basic Training at the same time?

    •    Do women receive "military haircuts" too?


    The First Term

    •    How long does the first term last? Do you have programs of different lengths?

    •    Can an entrant choose the military job he or she wants? How is the job assignment made?

    •    Can you describe a couple of jobs?

    •    Can a trainee choose to serve overseas?

    •    How much does a new recruit get paid, and what are the benefits?

    •    How often are service members promoted?



    •    What kind of training comes after Basic Training?

    •    How good are your military job-training schools?

    •    What are all the ways a service member can earn college credits during enlistment?

    •    What are your tuition support programs? How does an entrant qualify for them?


    Recruiters are ready to answer these questions and any others you have in mind. If they cannot answer your question immediately, they will find the information you need and get back to you.

    • Resources

      Contact a Recruiter

      Schedule a meeting with a recruiter and learn what to expect from your visit.

      Request Info

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      View answers to commonly asked questions about the Military.

      The Next Step: Training

      The Next Step: Training

      Once someone has committed to serving in the Military, it's time for them to get the training they need to succeed.