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Rate Your Recruiter
The US Army is a team that always
seeks to improve as well as
recognize excellence.

As a new member of our Army team,
we want your feedback. ... more

All Married Future Soldiers
If you are a married Future
Soldier and have not already
provided your Spouse the
opportunity to register with the
Family Information Center (FIC) do
so now! ... more

Cyber Squad membership
The Future Soldier Center (FSC)
provides all new Soldiers with an
opportunity to enroll in what is
known as Cyber Squads.
Once enrolled, you will be
provided the chance to interact ... more

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Rate Your Recruiter

The US Army is a team that always seeks to improve as well as recognize excellence.

As a new member of our Army team, we want your feedback.

Please take a few minutes to provide your assessment of your experience with our recruiters, including areas we need to improve as well as areas of strength.

Great to have you on the team--Army Strong!

All Married Future Soldiers

If you are a married Future Soldier and have not already provided your Spouse the opportunity to register with the Family Information Center (FIC) do so now!

The FIC provides new Army Spouses with a source to ask questions and receive specific information regarding countless topics ranging from TriCare and benefits to finance and DEERs enrollment!

You can register your Spouse by either emailing or telephoning us.

EMAIL: usarmy.knox.usarec.mbx.fs-family@mail.mil

PHONE: 877-535-6387 TOLL FREE

Cyber Squad membership

The Future Soldier Center (FSC) provides all new Soldiers with an opportunity to enroll in what is known as Cyber Squads.
Once enrolled, you will be provided the chance to interact directly with other Future Soldiers across the Nation who share your same MOS as well as attend MOS specific chat sessions regarding your chosen job in the Army.

If you have not yet enrolled in your Cyber Squad, you can do so now by either sending us an email or calling us directly.

Email us at usarmy.knox.usarec.mbx.future-soldier-center@mail.mil

(please include your Name, MOS and a note indicating your desire to join Cyber Squads).

-or-

Call us directly toll free at 1-866-534-5297 between the hours of 0800 to 2400 (Eastern Standard Time).

Within 1 to 10 Days of Signing your Contract

Within 1 to 10 days of signing your contract at the MEPS, you will sit down with your recruiter and complete your Initial Orientation.

Your recruiter will give you specifics, but at a minimum you should bring your Future Soldier Kit, a copy of your contract you received at MEPS, and any question that you may have for your recruiter.

It is recommended that Parents, members of your family, and anyone who influenced your decision to join be present. Some of the things you will discuss will be:

  • your individual guarantees
  • your projected ship date to Initial Active Duty Training
  • the requirements of the Physical Fitness Assessment
  • contact requirements between you and your recruiter
  • schedules for Future Soldier Training Functions
  • the Future Soldier Referral Program
  • maintaining your physical, mental, and moral eligibility
  • proper use of your Future Soldier Identification Card (USAREC Form 1134)
  • answering any question that you have at that time

Talking with a Recruiter

These talking points are primarily for your recruiter to assist with your initial orientation. However, the following things are what you can expect to discuss with your recruiter during your initial orientation briefing.

  • Introduce UF 1137 and explain the importance of the form.
  • Supervise and verify that FS has an established Future Soldier AKO account and knows the proper operation of the account. See AKO Instructions
  • Introduce BT Packing List to Future Soldier. See BT Packing List
  • Introduce FS to the Future Soldier Training System (FSTS) by clicking the Future Soldier Training link on the navigation bar, and using the Future Soldiers AKO user name and password to log into the FSTS. Enter the FSTS
  • Assist Future Soldier in establishing a SMART account.
  • For high school senior Future Soldiers in Test Score Category IIIB 31-49, discuss enrollment in March 2 Success. If Future Soldier has the potential to achieve TSC IIIA, enroll the Future Soldier in March 2 Success using this link: https://www.march2success.com
  • Discuss the individual's guarantee(s) and projected AD date or projected IADT date.
  • Discuss the requirements of the Physical Fitness Assessment.
  • Schedule the initial Physical Fitness Assessment for same day or within 10 Days of enlistment.
  • Discuss the requirement for the Future Soldier to contact his or her recruiter every 2 weeks and have one office meeting with the Future Soldier each month.
  • Give Future Soldier schedules for Future Soldier Training Functions.
  • Discuss importance of maintaining mental, physical, and moral eligibility.
  • Review of the Future Soldier Welcome Kit (RPI200).
  • Answer Questions and/or concerns the Future Soldier may have and introduce them to the SF 1199, Direct Deposit Form and explain it's usage.
  • Discuss ConAP and complete the ConAP College Referral Form.
  • Ensure the Future Soldiers understand the limitations when using the Future Soldier identification card (USAREC Form 1134) and are aware of the following: The ID card along with their DD Form 4 series, authorizes them Exchange privileges throughout Department of Defense (DOD) and access to morale, welfare, and recreation services (minus recreational resale activities) throughout DOD (this does not include commissary facilities). The ID card and Form 4 must be in their possession when attempting to gain entrance in the authorized facilities cited above. The contract is valid only up to the date listed on the form 4 as the date of entry onto active duty. That date is shown in block 8a. Purchase of alcohol and Tobacco products are prohibited. Dependent family member may use the exchange when accompanying their sponsor. Dependents must also show a valid ID Card.
  • Discuss the UF 1196.
  • Review Statement of Understanding (SOU) with FS who have the PaYS option. Discuss PaYS program making sure FS understands benefit of maintaining contact with PaYS partner POC.

Counseling is a Fundamental Responsibility

Counseling is a fundamental responsibility of every leader, and your Recruiter, as your Squad Leader, has an important role in taking care of you, the Future Soldier. Counseling is necessary to lead, motivate and inspire you to accomplish your needs, goals, and interests. Counseling assists your leaders in improving your well being, developing you as a soldier, and resolving any problems that you may have. You will be counseled during your Initial Orientation and then again during your Future Soldier Tutorials with your recruiter, and at any time when you need to receive guidance from your recruiter.

Welcome to the Team

You are about to take an important step toward your new Army Career.

Army Knowledge Online (AKO) is the Army's worldwide Intranet. It is accessible from any internet connection. AKO provides you with powerful tools of personalization to enhance your experience and allows you to quickly find the latest knowledge on subjects of your choosing. AKO also provides standardized, encrypted email capability for all soldiers.

Once you ship to training, AKO will become your one stop online site for accessing your military information. As a Future Soldier, this site (www.futuresoldiers.com) targets specific information for you and will be the site you access training along with online chats designed specifically for Future Soldiers just like you.

One of your first requirements as a Future Soldier is to create an AKO account. To create your account, click on the link below. The link will open a popup window on your browser.

NOTE: It takes up to three days after you visit your MEPS before you can create your AKO account. If you have problems creating your AKO account and it has been three days since you visited the MEPS, please contact the FSC

To Create your account:

  • Click for detailed instructions on how to build an FS AKO account.
  • Register for an AKO account. (A popup screen will open)
  • Click Create 'Register without a CAC' link.
  • Enter your SSN, DOB, and PEBD (Pay Entry Basic Date). PED is the date you start getting paid in the U.S. Army. When you visited the MEPS, your Army Guidance Counselor gave you some paperwork called the Annex. Your PEBD is printed on your Annex as YYYYMMDD. Ensure you enter this as shown on the registration screen (MM,DD,YYYY).
  • Complete the remaining questions to finalize your account.

Enhance Your Career, While You Serve

Learn about career enhancement opportunities available to soldiers.

Partnership for Youth Success

The US Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program partners with a cross section of private industry, academia, businesses and state and local public institutes. Our PaYS partners sign an agreement to provide job interviews and potential employment to separating Soldiers. Enlisted Soldiers select a PaYS partner during their enlistment process. Interviews are guaranteed to PaYS Soldiers upon completion of their training and/or first term of service, provided all requirements are met. Military Occupational Specialties are matched with civilian jobs. Army Reservists are eligible to interview immediately upon completion of training. The PaYS Program provides America's youth with an opportunity to serve their country, while they prepare for their future. Soldiers learn technical skills required by industry and selected government agencies; along with work ethics, teamwork, communication, and leadership during their enlistment in the United States Army. Log onto, www.armypays.com, for more information on the PaYS Program.

Concurrent Admissions Program

The Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) is a partnership between the Army Recruiting Command and more than 1,950 participating colleges. Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) assists with implementation and management, and serves as liaison between Army recruiters, ConAP colleges, Army education centers, and the higher education community. ConAP goals include: increasing enlistment of college-capable active duty and reserve Soldiers; increasing the number of Army Soldiers, Veterans, and reservists enrolled in college; and increasing use of GI Bill education benefits.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges - Army Degrees

SOCAD is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Army. It consists of colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degree programs on or accessible to Army installations worldwide. These colleges have joined together to form networks in which each college accepts credits from all the others. This guarantees that Army students and their adult family members can continue toward completion of their degrees even though the Army may transfer them several times.

Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP)

The Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) is a partnership between the Army Recruiting Command and more than 1,950 participating colleges. Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) assists with implementation and management, and serves as liaison between Army recruiters, ConAP colleges, Army education centers, and the higher education community. ConAP goals include: increasing enlistment of college-capable active duty and reserve Soldiers; increasing the number of Army Soldiers, Veterans, and reservists enrolled in college; and increasing use of GI Bill education benefits.

ConAp - Future Soldier Login     ConAp - College POC

New Spouse Orientation

Now that your spouse has joined the Army, there are several questions you probably have about you and your family's future. Who will help us move? Is childcare available? Will our family have health care? Will I be able to continue my education? The New Spouse Orientation provides resources and advice for new Army families. Watch the videos to learn more.


I AM A FAMILY MEMBER OF A FUTURE SOLDIER

Family Members: Click here to access information designed to assist families of future soldiers

Training Locations

Guides & Resources

I AM A FUTURE SOLDIER

Click here to access online training and links to assist you in preparing for Initial Entry Training.

Register for Future Soldier Training System account

Future Soldier Training Program

Army Knowledge Online

Chat Schedule
Future Soldiers Chat Hours
Mon, Wed and Fri
1100-1300, 2000-2200 EDT
Tue and Thu
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Future Soldiers Chat Hours

Mon, Wed and Fri
1100-1300, 2000-2200 EDT
Tue and Thu
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Future Soldier Training

The Future Soldier Training is now available.

Enter the FSTS

Referral Program

Interested in earning a promotion, or even more as a Future Soldier?

Visit the Referrals page for details.