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Future Soldier CHAT is CLOSED
The Future Soldier Chat is CLOSED
due to technical difficulties.
When the issues have been
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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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Future Soldier CHAT is CLOSED

The Future Soldier Chat is CLOSED due to technical difficulties. When the issues have been resolved, we will post a notification.

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

Enlisted Orientation

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 its 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.

Recruiting Assistance Program

Hometown Recruiter Assistant Program (HRAP)

The Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program (HRAP) allows enlisted Soldiers who have recently completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT), One Station Unit Training (OSUT) or Army Civilian Acquired Skills Training (ACASP) to return to their hometowns to assist the local recruiters by sharing their Army training experiences with Family, friends, high school classmates, Future Soldiers, veterans, and community leaders.

HRAP Soldiers report to the recruiting centers and accompany recruiters throughout the community to assist in obtaining quality referrals for enlistment.

Active Duty Operational Support, Reserve Component (ADOS-RC)

Army Reserve Soldiers of all ranks can support local recruiters through the Active Duty Operational Support, Reserve Component (ADOS-RC) program to help generate referrals that will result in Army Reserve enlistments.

Tours are normally 5 to 14 days, but can be up to 30 days with approval by recruiting battalion commander.

Reserve Soldiers who are interested in supporting recruiting should contact their local recruiter to discuss potential dates and recruiting activities and tour objectives.

A tour request and justification memorandum for Active Duty Operational Support, Reserve Component must be completed by the Reserve Soldier and the recruiter, and sent to Recruiting Battalion Reserve operations for review and approval based on funds availability and tour justification/goal.

Soldiers performing ADOS-RC serve their tours within a 50-mile radius of their residence or Reserve Troop Program Unit (TPU) and must provide their own transportation to the tour site. Soldiers must have approved orders from their TPU sent to the local Recruiting Battalion Reserve operations before reporting for duty. They must also bring copies with them when they report to the recruiting company/station.

Duty cannot be performed without approved orders from Soldier's unit.

Future Soldier AKO

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.

Medical Officer Orientation

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.

  • Explain the commissioning ceremony process
  • Supervise and verify that FS has an established Future Soldier AKO account and knows the proper operation of the account. See AKO Instructions
  • 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
  • Introduce FS to Medical Operations Data System (MODS)
  • Execute Department of the Army SHARP training
  • Discuss BOLC graduation requirements
  • 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 each month.
  • Give Future Soldier schedules for Future Soldier Training Functions.
  • Discuss importance of maintaining mental, physical, and moral eligibility.

NOTE: Driving Information
Fort Sam Houston is considered a "walking campus". Parking directly adjacent the AMEDD C&S is for staff use only and is not authorized for BOLC students. For in-processing, please park across the street from the AMEDD museum to avoid being ticketed. You will be given more information regarding authorized student parking areas when you in-process.

  • You must utilize a hands free telephone device when talking on cell phones while driving on Fort Sam Houston. TEXTING while driving is NOT authorized within the city of San Antonio or on Fort Sam Houston.
  • You are not required to have a Fort Sam Houston Department of Defense (DoD) registration sticker on your vehicle to obtain access to the base. For more info on accessing Fort Sam Houston, please refer to the FAQ page attached.
    Students are not authorized to drive motorcycles while in BOLC.

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.


Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP)

ConAP is a partnership between Army Recruiting Command and over 1900 participating colleges to mutually advance the goals of lifelong learning and postsecondary education for Future Soldiers. On January 1, 2014, the United States Army Recruiting Command assumed ConAP program management and now serves as liaison between Army Recruiters, ConAP colleges, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC), accredited degree-granting institutions with DOD MOU agreements, Army education centers and the higher education community.

ConAP is the Army's way of demonstrating its commitment to education by providing a plan for soldiers to attend college. ConAP goals are to increase enlistment of college-capable active duty and Reserve Soldiers; increase the number of Army Soldiers, veterans and Reserve Soldiers enrolled in college; and increase the use of Army education benefits.

ConAp - College POC

I AM A FAMILY MEMBER OF A FUTURE SOLDIER

Family Members: click here to access information designed to assist families of Future Soldiers

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

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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.

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Referral Program

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

Visit the Referrals page for details.