It is a good idea to decide to join the army, but do you know that it is not an easy decision to make? Joining the army is not easy at all, however there are many people who seek for it. People differ in the reasons that motivate them to join the army. There are some people who seek to join the army because they want a challenge, while there are others who want to join the army to benefit from what is presented trough it such as retirement, medical care, college money or job skills. Whatever the reason that motivates you to join the army, you have to be aware of what you want in order to be able to talk to the recruiter and get the needed help from him. If you do not know the main reason that encourages you to join the army, then the recruiter will not be able to provide you with the needed help to enlist.
♦ What are the things that can make you disqualified?
Joining the army is not easy at all as there are many things that can make you disqualified and prevent you from joining the army. Do you have any idea about these things? Taking drugs, having a juvenile charge, having a felony and getting low levels of education, which are lower than high school level, are more than enough for preventing you from enlisting and joining the army forever.
♦ Lose weight
Losing weight and considering the army weight standards is a necessity to enlist. Being overweight by 20 pounds or what is more than that is enough for preventing you from enlisting. To get more information about the army weight standards and other requirements that are needed for joining the army, you can communicate with an army recruiter.
♦ Try to be honest
Being honest with the recruiter and avoiding hiding any information about yourself is the best choice for you. Lying to the recruiter is not recommended at all as it will waste your time and may become a reason for preventing you from enlisting. Do not try to hide the information that is associated with your arrest record, education, medical condition and other information that is required for joining the army thinking that you are intelligent and can deceive the recruiter, because everything can be easily found and you will not succeed in hiding what you do not want others to know.
♦ Choose the most appropriate type
Which type of jobs do you prefer, the full-time or part-time jobs? You have to decide the type of jobs that you prefer to allow the recruiter to help you join the army. You can choose belonging to the Army Reserve “part time”, Regular Army “full time” or to even become an officer. You have to know that every type has its own requirements that differ from others.
♦ Prepare yourself for the ASVAB test
You will be scheduled for ASVAB test and you have to study well to be able to pass this test. Do not think that this test will be very easy as there are some people who say that it is difficult and requires studying. There is a study guide that can help you, you have to get it and use it to know what you should do. Do not forget that you have to sleep well before taking the test to be able to concentrate.
♦ Choose what you like
After taking the ASVAB test, you will get a list of jobs from which you can choose what you like. What you will see in the list is what you are qualified for, so you may find that the job which you want as a first choice is not found in the list because you are not qualified for it or because there is not a training seat which is available for you to get the job that you want.
♦ Prepare yourself for the boot camp
Are you ready for the boot camp? It is the best challenge that you are going to experience and this is why you have to prepare yourself physically and what is more important than the physical preparation is to prepare yourself mentally to be able to adapt yourself to what you are going to experience for the first time in your life.