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  • The Army Reserve offers people the opportunity to work in their civilian careers or attend college full time while serving near home. Army Reserve Soldiers receive the same training as active-duty Soldiers. After Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Army Reserve Soldiers return to their civilian lives and spend one weekend a month training to keep their skills sharp. For roughly two weeks a year, Army Reserve Soldiers focus on challenging field and specialty training. They may even have the opportunity to attend competitive Army training programs such as Airborne and Air Assault schools. Service options for the Army Reserve range from three to six years.

  • Before Serving in the Army Reserve

  • Before Serving in the Army Reserve

    Before Serving in the Army Reserve

    To enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve, you must be between 18 and 35 years old (17 with parental consent). You cannot be older than 35 years. You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien. A high school diploma is preferred, but a high school equivalent such as the GED may be accepted. You must also pass the ASVAB test and a physical fitness exam.

    All Army Reserve Soldiers must complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, the same boot camp attended by full-time Army Soldiers.

  • Army Reserve Benefits

  • Army Reserve Benefits

    Army Reserve Benefits

    The Army Reserve offers an array of benefits, including bonuses, money for college, student loan repayment and low-cost health and life insurance. Army Reserve Soldiers develop leadership and problem solving skills and confidence, working as a team toward a larger goal. These are capabilities that are valued in the civilian workplace.

  • Army Reserve Careers

  • Army Reserve Careers

    Army Reserve Careers

    The Army Reserve can be a great way to develop career skills and serve our nation while maintaining a civilian career. More than 120 Reserve jobs are available for qualified applicants. If you think you might be interested in a full-time career, get information about service in the Army. Keep in mind that you can also serve part-time through the Army National Guard.



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1st Lt. Meridith Fonseca: I think the Reserve is the best of both worlds: you get to have your civilian job and hobbies and friends and family, and then you get to have your Army family and friends—and your service. So, you get the opportunity to take a break from your civilian job or civilian schooling and go serve. The Army Reserve brought me to a place that I’m really happy with and I’m grateful that I’m in the position that I’m in. I’ve become a part of a bigger family, a greater network, and I’ve been afforded the opportunity to travel, to go to college, to serve in a combat zone. Being in the Army Reserve is a challenge, but it’s worth the reward.