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How to Become a Soldier

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Read the general requirement list to see if you qualify to become a soldier. The requirements include being a U.S. citizen or permanent alien between 17 to 41 years of age, having a high school diploma or equivalent, abiding by good morals and healthy mental and physical condition.

Decide whether you want to become a full time active soldier or be in the Army Reserves. Visit the Go Army website to see a detailed list of military jobs.

Create an account on the Go Army website and enter all the required information. The application will be sent to an army recruiter who will work with you to find the best available job that matches your qualifications.

Talk directly to an army recruiter who will give you step by step instruction on how to become a soldier and enter the army. He will help you answer questions such as which part of the army you qualify for, where you will be stationed and how long you will serve.

Take the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB) which is a knowledge and aptitude test to further finalize a career choice in the army. You need to pass the exam with a minimum score of 31 in questions that range from simple mathematics to science, geography, English grammar and comprehension. Ask the recruiter for more information and sample questionnaires.

Arrive at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Bring your Social Security Card, driver's license, proof of marriage/separation/divorce if applicable, birth certificate, parent permission document if under 18 years of age, job referrals and academic documents.

Undergo a full physical test by a certified US army doctor. Report to your commanding officer at the given date.