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  • What to Expect

    What to Expect

    Consider this your starting point for understanding military service and the roles and responsibilities your child will experience during their days as a recruit.

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  • Stories from Military Parents

    Stories from Military Parents

    There’s no better way to understand life as the parent of a child in the Military than from real parents who have gone through many of the same discussions and decisions.

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  • Support for Parents

    Support for Parents

    We understand that being a military parent can be stressful. That’s why it’s great to know there are millions of other military parents you can connect with for support.

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Common Questions from Parents

What are the benefits of joining the Military?

There are many benefits to joining the Military, including:

How can parents of service members find support?

There are many ways that parents of service members can find support that they need. These include listening to stories from other military parents, joining well-known parent-to-parent networks, and also exploring parental resources provided by the Services.

How often do service members see their families?

All active-duty Service branches offer 30 days of paid vacation per year during which service members may spend time with their families or plan other Rest and Relaxation (R&R). Options like Space-Available Travel allow troops to fly at no cost on regularly scheduled military flights, provided there is a seat available. This is a great, inexpensive way to get to a destination. Family members are also welcome to visit their service member on base. In addition, service members of the Reserve and National Guard are often allowed to serve close to home.

How do service members stay in touch?

Even while deployed, service members will usually have access to postal mail, email and phone service (even while at sea). While communication may be restricted during certain missions, modern technology makes it relatively easy for families to keep in touch.

If there is a family emergency and you need to reach a relative in service, you should contact the American Red Cross Hero Care Center, which can relay messages to U.S. military personnel worldwide.

At what age can a young adult join with parental consent?

Military and service academy minimum entrance age requirements are 17 with parental consent or 18 without parental consent. Visit Eligibility Requirements to learn more.

For more common questions and answers, visit our FAQ page