By Jacob Stone
Have you ever wanted to join the U.S. Army but don’t know where to start? Well, I’m here to help you get started with your enlistment process. I am not a recruiter, but I am a future soldier for the Army, and I am very familiar with the system and how it works.
The first step in joining the Army is talking to a recruiter, he/she will decide if you are able to join or not able to due to legal issues, health problems, or if you scored too low on certain tests like the ASVAB, which can be corrected. I enlisted to be a future soldier at 17 years old, and I will be shipping off for basic training June 8th of this year.
It is a fairly simple process to get in once you talk to a recruiter, they will then take you to a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), which the closest one around here is in Kansas City MO. At MEPS, they check a lot of different things. They do a drug test, draw your blood, administer an eye test, a hearing test, a mobility test, and question you about certain things to make sure you are qualified to join the U.S. Army. After you go to MEPS, they have you come to a mandatory meeting on Thursdays called future soldier program where they teach you the basics of being a soldier and condition you for basic training. This has been my experience with the Army, and I help this informs you about how to join the U.S. Army.