How Do You Join the U.S. Army Reserve?


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Joining the Army Reserve begins by applying at GoArmy.com followed by taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and the Military Entrance Processing Station medical exams. To be eligible, a person must be a U.S. citizen between 17 and 27 years old and have no more than two dependents.

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The online enlistment process allows suitable Army Reserve candidates to pre-qualify and assists the Army in determining fitting jobs for each candidate. It does this in part by allowing the applicant to indicate jobs of interest, as well as skills and areas of expertise, during the application process. The application program also offers those who have yet to take an ASVAB test, or who did not take pre-college tests such as the ACT or SAT, to fill out a practice test online.

Once a person submits an application, a recruiter contacts him to discuss details of enlistment. These details include following up with taking the ASVAB test if necessary as well as scheduling a medical examination. The in-person appointment also allows applicants the opportunity to ask questions that may have occurred to them between the time they applied online and met with the recruiter. Most soon-to-be new recruits have questions about future training exercises, including where they are likely to be stationed while they train.

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