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NEWS | Feb. 8, 2022

Army expands short-term enlistment options

By Capt. Mia Figgs U.S. Army Recruiting Command Public Affairs

Under this option, after basic and advanced training, new Soldiers would only be required to spend two years on active duty.

"Many people are apprehensive about long-term commitments right now, so we think having a shorter option will help give them some time to see if the Army fits their life and goals," said Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, who leads the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The two-year option is now available for 84 different career fields, ranging from infantry and combat engineers to paralegals and aviation operations specialists. Even with a shorter enlistment, some career fields may also come with other incentives, like bonuses worth thousands of dollars.

After two years as a full-time Soldier, individuals are required to serve an additional two years part-time in the Army Reserve, working with a local unit one weekend a month with a two-week training one time a year. Of course, re-enlisting to stay on active duty would be an option if they decide the Army is the right career path for them.

Whether individuals initially sign on for two years or longer, they still receive the same training, which can mean credentials and certifications that will translate into private-sector careers when the Soldier transitions out of the Army.

Individuals can learn more about Army career options and the benefits of military service at