How to join the Army Reserve

 

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Keep the benefits you earned while gaining the ones you need by transitioning from Active Duty into the Army Reserve. The Army Reserve has the resources and flexibility to meet your needs while allowing you to serve.

  • 24 Month Deployment Stabilization - When you switch from Active Duty to the Army Reserve, you will get up to 24 months of deferment from involuntary mobilization. This will give you and your family the time needed to establish your civilian life.
  • Train Close to Home - You can choose a unit that's close to home or relocate somewhere with your MOS.  Either way, you'll have the time and flexibility to pursue a civilian career, go back to school, and see your friends and family.
  • Education Assistance - Where do you see yourself in the future? The Army Reserve can help you achieve your goals by offering a Student Loan Repayment Program, the GI Bill and other educational benefits.
  • Sign-up Bonus - You may qualify for up to $20,000 in bonus money when you transition which you can use to help you relocate, buy a car or simply as a much-needed cushion to help you and your family adjust to civilian life.
  • Keep or Change MOS - As an Active Duty Soldier, you can keep your current MOS when you transition into the Army Reserve or you can have the opportunity to train for a new MOS.  There are over 120 Army Reserve specialties to choose from to further your Army and civilian careers.
  • Get a Civilian Job - When you transfer, you will gain assistance in finding civilian employment.  Post your profile and connect with employers through the VA's online Veteran's Employment Center.  Being a part of the Army Reserve will also help you gain an edge in the civilian job market.
  • Become an Officer or Warrant Officer - As an Active Duty Soldier, you’ll get to maintain your current rank when you transition to the Army Reserve. If you’re seeking to further your Army career, you also have the chance to apply for a direct commission and become an Officer or apply for the Warrant Officer program. Click here to learn more.
  • Retirement - Don’t let the time you’ve put in as an Active Duty Soldier go to waste. When you go from Active Duty to the Army Reserve, all of the years you’ve already served carry over and are applied towards your 20-year retirement.
  • Service Obligation Reduction - As an Active Army Soldier, if you are nearing the end of your service obligation, you may gain options to reduce your total military commitment if you transfer into the Army Reserve.

Call 1-800-325-4389 or click here to email your recruiter.

If you're a National Guardsman looking to transition into America's Army Reserve, the benefits are tremendous. The Army Reserve is a fully federal force that provides nation-wide opportunities to train, promote, and grow.

  • The Army Reserve provides opportunities to train nation-wide and around the world. Real-world exercises keep Army Reserve units ready for deployment as part of the Total Force.
  • As an Army Reserve Soldier, you have the freedom to serve throughout the United States. The Lodging-in-Kind (LIK) and Inactive Duty Training-Travel Reimbursement Program (IDT-TRP) allow Soldiers to have free lodging and reimbursement for travel expenses for those assigned to units away from home.
  • Promotion opportunities are available nation-wide, allowing for a wide-range of experiences that help keep Reserve Soldiers competitive and relevant for tomorrow's fight.

If you are a National Guard Officer, start the process by clicking here to locate your nearest Army Reserve Career Counselor (ARCC) to get the process started.

If you are a National Guard enlisted Soldier, start the process by calling 1-800-555-ARMY (2769) or clicking here to email their recruiter.



If you are currently in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) looking to transition into America's Army Reserve, the benefits are tremendous. The Army Reserve is a fully federal force that provides nation-wide opportunities to train, promote, and grow.

  • Monthly pay for your part-time work, and extra pay for additional opportunities.
  • Train Close to Home - You can choose a unit that's close to home or relocate somewhere with your MOS.  Either way, you'll have the time and flexibility to pursue a civilian career, go back to school, and see your friends and family.
  • Education Assistance - Where do you see yourself in the future? The Army Reserve can help you achieve your goals by offering a Student Loan Repayment Program, the GI Bill and other educational benefits.
  • Keep or Change MOS - You can keep your current MOS when you transition into the Army Reserve or you can have the opportunity to train for a new MOS.  There are over 120 Army Reserve specialties to choose from to further your Army and civilian careers.
  • Become an Officer or Warrant Officer - You’ll get to maintain your current rank when you transition to the Army Reserve. If you’re seeking to further your Army career, you also have the chance to apply for a commission and become an Officer or apply for the Warrant Officer program. Click here to learn more.
  • Retirement - Don’t let the time you’ve put in as an Active Duty Soldier go to waste. When you go from Active Duty to the Army Reserve, all of the years you’ve already served carry over and are applied towards your 20-year retirement.
  • The Lodging-in-Kind (LIK) and Inactive Duty Training-Travel Reimbursement Program (IDT-TRP) allow Soldiers to have free lodging and reimbursement for travel expenses for those assigned to units away from home.


Click here to contact your nearest Army Reserve Career Counselor (ARCC) to get the process started.



America's Army Reserve offers tremendous career advancement opportunities for prior service Soliders seeking to build on the benefits they earned while on Active Duty.

  • Monthly pay - Earn extra income for your part-time work, one weekend a month and a two-week annual training period.
  • Exchange and Commissary Privileges - You and your dependents will be able to enjoy the benefits of shopping at the Exchange and Commissary.
  • Train Close to Home - You can choose a unit that's close to home or relocate somewhere with your MOS.  Either way, you'll have the time and flexibility to pursue a civilian career, go back to school, and see your friends and family.
  • Education Assistance - Where do you see yourself in the future? The Army Reserve can help you achieve your goals by offering a Student Loan Repayment Program, the GI Bill and other educational benefits.
  • Health Care Benefits - By transitioning, you and your family are eligible for Tricare Reserve Select, a low-cost health care insurance plan available for Army Reserve Soldiers. Click here to learn more about Tricare Reserve Select.
  • Retirement - Don’t let the time you’ve put in as an Active Duty Soldier go to waste. When you go from Active Duty to the Army Reserve, all of the years you’ve already served carry over and are applied towards your 20-year retirement.


Call 1-800-555-ARMY (2769) or click here to email your recruiter.



Serve part-time with benefits. As a Soldier in the Army Reserve, you’ll earn money for education, cash bonuses, discounted health care, build retirement, and more. All while you pursue your civilian career or continue your education. You'll serve close to home and have the flexibility to see your friends and family and make a difference in your community.


Where do you see yourself in the future? The Army Reserve wants to help you get there by offering the Student Loan Repayment Program, the GI Bill, and other educational benefits to help you achieve your goals.

You may even qualify for up to $20,000 in bonus money when you enlist.


Want to learn more? Click here to learn more about the specific pay and benefits you can earn as a Soldier in America's Army Reserve. 

Call 1-800-555-ARMY (2769) or click here to email your recruiter.

 


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GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

•  U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien

•  17-35 years old
•  Healthy and in good physical condition
•  In good moral standing

Some positions may have additional qualifications. Please email your recruiter for more information:
usarmy.knox.usarec.mbx.usarec-ace@mail.mil


For questions related to Joining the Army Reserve: Please call 1-888-550-ARMY (2769) or visit the GoArmy.com website:  goarmy.com/reserve


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ROLE OF THE ARMY RESERVE 

The Army is the most powerful and sophisticated military force in the world.

The Army Reserve allows you to pursue a civilian career or attend college full-time and still serve your community and country.

You can live where you want, receive medical benefits, educational benefits, tuition assistance, and build for retirement.

In the Army Reserve, you can continue your career or education while training close to home and standing ready to serve with your valuable job skills.

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We've Got You Covered

In addition to giving you a head start on your career, for your commitment, the benefits of the Army Reserve will take care of you and your family. 

As a Soldier in the Army Reserve, you’ll earn money for education, cash bonuses, discounted health care, build retirement, and more. 

All while you pursue your civilian career or continue your education.

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Something for Everyone

You may be surprised to learn that the Army Reserve jobs offer opportunities in a wide variety of areas.

In fact, almost all Army Reserve jobs can be found in the civilian world, giving you a competitive advantage.

Discover careers in fields such as law enforcement, medicine, engineering and information technology, which can further your civilian and Army Reserve careers. 


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