How to Become an Army Recruiter

Two Methods:Joining the ArmyMeeting Recruiter Qualifications

Army recruiters are members of the Army specially trained to assist civilians interested in joining the Army. They must be highly motivated and disciplined, with strong communication skills. As representatives of the U.S. Army, the recruiter must be exemplary in presentation and judgement.

Method 1
Joining the Army

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    Meet basic requirements. To join the Army, you must be 18-35 years of age, have a high school diploma, and pass a physical examination. A GED is accepted, if you also have 30 semester hours of college beyond the GED to be considered as an army recruiter.
    • You do not have to be a full U.S. Citizen to join the Army. If you have an INS I-151/I-551 ("Green Card") you may join the U.S. Military.
    • Documented immigrants may also join the U.S. Military.
    • The U.S. Military does not discriminate based on gender, race, sexual orientation or gender presentation.
    • If you have been convicted of a felony, this doesn't automatically disqualify you from joining the Army. You will need to apply for a felony waiver.[1]
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    Complete Basic Training Course. Basic Combat Training (BCT) is required for all Army personnel, including Army Recruiters. BCT provides instruction and practice in multiple aspects of military duty, including teamwork, field exercises, marksmanship, and weapons training.[2]
    • BCT is a 10-week course that takes place on domestic military bases. You must live on the base while attending BCT
    • The training is physically challenging, but can also be difficult training in self-discipline and mental steadiness.
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    Attend Warrior Leader Course. WLC is a month-long course required for anyone wishing to apply for the job of Army recruiter. It allows someone at the rank of Soldier to be considered for rank of Sergeant.[3]
    • The course is a combination of classroom and field study.
    • It teaches leadership skills, map reading, land navigation, drill and ceremony procedures, and war fighting.
    • The WLC is taught at a Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. You must live on the military base while attending the WLC.

Method 2
Meeting Recruiter Qualifications

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    Meet the physical qualifications. Because she represents the U.S. Army, the recruiter must meet certain physical qualifications before applying to the position. The recruiter can not have any tattoos associated her with any gangs or gang-related activity. Soldiers can not be pregnant at the time of taking the recruiter examination, though they may have children.
    • A recruiter must be between the ages of 18 and 35, though exceptions may be requested.
    • The recruiter must also meet standard U.S. Army physical requirements of body fat ratio or percentage, height, and endurance capabilities.
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    Learn more about the job duties of an Army recruiter. As a recruiter, you will be serving as an ambassador to the community. You'll serve a field of 73 square miles, or 300,000 people. You will function as the liaison between the Army and the civilians in this area, reaching out to school administrators, civic functionaries, religious leaders and other community members who serve in leadership capacities.
    • As part of the Army's public relations team, you'll be writing, preparing and presenting approved marketing materials.
    • A recruiter is responsible for helping guide young Army recruits through the process of deciding whether a career in the military might be right for them.
    • The recruiter administers a standardized battery of tests to each new recruit before he is admitted to the Army.
    • A recruiter must hold a rank of sergeant, staff sergeant or sergeant first class .
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    Complete the application. The application for Army recruiter consists of an interview worksheet as well as two interview and assessment forms. These forms are to be completed by your battalion commander and by your company commander.[4]
    • Include a photo ID, a form documenting personal finances, a list of preferred assignment locations, a WLC certificate and proof of a mental health evaluation.
    • Recruiter applications can take 4-6 months to process.
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    Attend Recruiter Training. Once a potential recruiter has passed the application process and background screening, she is eligible to take the Army Recruiting Course (ARC) at the Recruiting and Retention School in Fort Jackson, SC. This course is 6 weeks long. It trains new recruiters in interviewing, technology systems, interpersonal communication, Army programs, time management and enlistment requirements.[5]
    • After completing recruiter training, you'll wait for your assignment. Be patient, as this can be a lengthy process.
    • While you await your assignment, you'll need to take the Advanced Training Program (ATP). It's an online program that helps new recruiters retain what they learned in the ARC while they wait for their assignments.


  • It's a good idea to be flexible on your list of preferred assignment locations, as this will increase your chances of being hired for this position.


  • If you have any offensive or gang-related tattoos, you'll need to get them removed prior to applying to be an Army recruiter.

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