ENLISTMENT/REENLISTMENT DOCUMENT / ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES

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Here is the text of the military enlistment contract along with some comments. You can click the link at the bottom of the page to download an actual copy of the contract.

NEVER, EVER sign anything a recruiter gives you until you have taken a copy home to go over with someone you trust. If you ask your recruiter for a copy of your contract before signing it, the recruiter will probably say "No." If you say you want to show it to your parents first, the recruiter will probably say "Bring your parents here." We have had recruiters tell us that the contract is government property and can't leave the recruiting station. This is not true. Anyone can download it from the internet. They just don't want you to have a chance to read it carefully.

For more information on things recruiters dont tell you, click here.

For ways to achieve your goals without joining the military click here.

If you have already signed up for the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) or the Future Soldier Program (FSP) you can still change your mind. There is NO PENALTY for withdrawing. For info on getting out of the DEP/FSP click here.

ENLISTMENT/REENLISTMENT DOCUMENT
ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 5 USC 3331; 32 USC 708; 44 USC 708 and 3101; 10 USC 133, 265, 275, 504, 508, 510, 591, 672(d), 678, 837, 1007,
1071 through 1087; 1168, 1169, 1475 through 1480, 1553, 2107, 2122, 3012, 5031, 8012, 8033, 8496, and 9411; 14 USC 351 and
632; and Executive Order 9397, November 1943 (SSN).

PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To record enlistment or reenlistment into the U.S. Armed Forces. This information becomes a part of the subject's military personnel records which are used to document promotion, reassignment, training, medical support, and other personnel management actions. The purpose of soliciting the SSN is for positive identification.

ROUTINE USE(S): This form becomes a part of the Service's Enlisted Master File and Field Personnel File. All uses of the form are internal to the relevant Service.

DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure to furnish personal identification information may negate the enlistment/reenlistment application.

A. ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE IDENTIFICATION DATA
1. NAME (Last, First, Middle)
2. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
3. HOME OF RECORD (Street, City, State, ZIP Code)
4. PLACE OF ENLISTMENT/REENLISTMENT (Mil. Installation, City, State)
5. DATE OF ENLISTMENT/
REENLISTMENT (YYYYMMDD)
6. DATE OF BIRTH (YYYYMMDD)
7. PREV MIL SVC UPON ENL/REENLIST YEARS MONTHS DAYS
a. TOTAL ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE
b. TOTAL INACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE

B. AGREEMENTS
8. I am enlisting/reenlisting in the United States (list branch of service)
this date for ________years and weeks _______ beginning in pay grade _________
The additional details of my enlistment/reenlistment are in Section C and Annex(es)

a. FOR ENLISTMENT IN A DELAYED ENTRY/ENLISTMENT PROGRAM (DEP):
I understand that I will be ordered to active duty as a Reservist unless I report to the place shown in item 4 above by (list date (YYYYMMDD)) for enlistment in the Regular component of the United States (list branch of service) for not less than _________years and__________ weeks. My enlistment in the DEP is in a nonpay status. I understand that my period in the DEP is NOT creditable for pay purposes upon entry into a pay status. However, I also understand that this time is counted toward fulfillment of my military service obligation or commitment. I must maintain my current qualifications and keep my recruiter informed of any changes in my physical or dependency status, moral qualifications, and mailing address.

b. REMARKS: (lf none, so state.)

[Ya-Ya sez: Pay close attention to this part]
c. The agreements in this section and attached annex(es) are all the promises made to me by the Government. ANYTHING ELSE ANYONE HAS PROMISED ME IS NOT VALID AND WILL NOT BE HONORED. (Initials of Enlistee/Reenlistee)

C. PARTIAL STATEMENT OF EXISTING UNITED STATES LAWS

[Ya-Ya sez: Pay close attention to this part]
9. FOR ALL ENLISTEES OR REENLISTEES: Many laws, regulations, and military customs will govern my conduct and require me to do things a civilian does not have to do. The following statements are not promises or guarantees of any kind. They explain some of the present laws affecting the Armed Forces which I cannot change but which Congress can change at any time.

a. My enlistment is more than an employment agreement. As a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, I will be:

(1) Required to obey all lawful orders and perform all assigned duties.

(2) Subject to separation during or at the end of my enlistment. If my behavior fails to meet acceptable military standards, I may be discharged and given a certificate for less than honorable service, which may hurt my future job opportunities and my claim for veteran's benefits.

(3) Subject to the military justice system, which means, among other things, that I may be tried by military courts-martial.

(4) Required upon order to serve in combat or other hazardous situations.

(5) Entitled to receive pay, allowances, and other benefits as provided by law and regulation.

b. Laws and regulataions that govern military personnel may change without notice to me. Such changes may affect my status, pay, allowances, benefits, and responsibilities as a member of the Armed Forces REGARDLESS of the provisions of this enlistment/reenlistment document.[Ya-Ya sez: Read this part again. Its important.]

[Ya-Ya sez: Read this part carefully. Yes, it REALLY does say that if there is a war (like now) they can make you stay in the military until the war is over, plus six months!]
c. In the event of war, my enlistment in the Armed Forces continues until six (6) months after the war ends, unless my enlistment is ended sooner by the President of the United States.

10. MILITARY SERVICE OBLIGATION FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE COMPONENTS, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL GUARD.

[Ya-Ya sez: Read this part carefully. Did your recruiter say you could sign up for 2 or 3 years? Nope. The contract is for 8 years, unless there is a war or national emergency. Then they can keep you the whole length of the war plus 6 months.]
a. FOR ALL ENLISTEES: If this is my initial enlistment, I must serve a total of eight (8) years. Any part of that service not served on active duty must be served in a Reserve Component unless I am sooner discharged. b. If I am a member of a Reserve Component of an Armed Force at the beginning of a period of war or national emergency declared by Congress, or if I become a member during that period, my military service may be extended without my consent until six (6) months after the end of that period of war.

[Ya-Ya sez: If your recruiter says that if you sign up for 2 or 3 years, the rest of your 8 years is in the inactive reserves and you won't have to do anything, ask about this next bit. There are tens of thousands of folks in Iraq right now who thought they had completed their contract.]
c. As a member of a Reserve Component, in time of war or national emergency declared by the Congress, I may be required to serve on active duty (other than for training) for the entire period of the war or emergency and for six (6) months after its end.

d. As a member of the Ready Reserve I may be required to perform active duty or active duty for training without my consent (other than as provided in item 8 of this document) as follows:

(1) in time of national emergency declared by the President of the United States, I may be ordered to active duty (other than for training) for not more than 24 consecutive months.

(2) I may be ordered to active duty for 24 months, and my enlistment may be extended so I can complete 24 months of active duty, if:

(a) I am not assigned to, or participating satisfactorily in, a unit of the Ready Reserve; and
(b) I have not met my Reserve obligation; and
(c) I have not served on active duty for a total of 24 months.

(3) I may be ordered to perform additional active duty training for not more than 45 days if I have not fulfilled my military service obligation and fail in any year to perform the required training duty satisfactorily. If the failure occurs during the last year of my required membership in the Ready Reserve, my enlistment may be extended until I perform that additional duty, but not for more than six months.

(4) When determined by the President that it is necessary to support any operational mission, I may be ordered to active duty as prescribed by law, if I am a member of the Selected Reserve.

11. FOR ENLISTEES/REENLISTEES IN THE NAVY, MARINE CORPS, OR COAST GUARD: I understand that if I am serving on a naval vessel in foreign waters, and my enlistment expires, I will be returned to the United States for discharge as soon as possible consistent with my desires. However, if essential to the public interest, I understand that I may be retained on active duty until the vessel returns to the United States. If I am retained under these circumstances, I understand I will be discharged not later than 30 days after my return to the United States; and, that except in time of war, I will be entitled to an increase in basic pay of 25 percent from the date my enlistment expires to the date of my discharge.

12. FOR ALL MALE APPLICANTS: Completion of this form constitutes registration with the Selective Service System in accordance with the Military Selective Service Act. Incident thereto the Department of Defense may transmit my name, permanent address, military address, Social Security Number, and birthdate to the Selective Service System for recording as evidence of the registration.

D. CERTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE

NAME OF ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE (Last, First, Middle)
SOCIAL SECURITY NO. OF ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE

13a. My acceptance for enlistment is based on the information I have given in my application for enlistment. If any of that information is false or incorrect, this enlistment may be voided or terminated administratively by the Government or I may be tried by a Federal, civilian, or military court and, if found guilty, may be punished.

I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS DOCUMENT. ANY QUESTIONS I HAD WERE EXPLAINED TO MY SATISFACTION. I FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT ONLY THOSE AGREEMENTS IN SECTION B OF THIS DOCUMENT OR RECORDED ON THE ATTACHED ANNEX(ES) WILL BE HONORED. ANY OTHER PROMISES OR GUARANTEES MADE TO ME BY ANYONE ARE WRITTEN BELOW: (If none, X "NONE" and initial.) NONE (Initials of enlistee/reenlistee)

b. SIGNATURE OF ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE c. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)

14. SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE CERTIFICATION

a. On behalf of the United States (list branch of service) I accept this applicant for enlistment. I have witnessed the signature in item 13b to thisdocument. I certify that I have explained that only those agreements in Section B of this form and in the attached Annex(es) will be honored, and any other promises made by any person are not effective and will not be honored.

b. NAME (Last, First, Middle) c. PAY GRADE d. UNIT/COMMAND NAME
e. SIGNATURE f. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)

g. UNIT/COMMAND ADDRESS (City, State, ZIP Code)

E. CONFIRMATION OF ENLISTMENT OR REENLISTMENT IN THE ARMED FORCES EXCEPT THE NATIONAL GUARD (ARMY OR AIR):
I, ____________________ , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

16. IN THE NATIONAL GUARD (ARMY OR AIR):
I, , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to law and regulations. So help me God.

17. IN THE NATIONAL GUARD (ARMY OR AIR):
I do hereby acknowledge to have voluntarily enlisted/reenlisted this day of in the National Guard and as a Reserve of the United States (list branch of service) with membership in the National Guard of the United States for a period of years, months, days, under the conditions prescribed by law, unless sooner discharged by proper authority.

18.a. SIGNATURE OF ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE b. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)

19. ENLISTMENT/REENLISTMENT OFFICER CERTIFICATION
a. The above oath was administered, subscribed, and duly sworn to (or affirmed) before me this date.

b. NAME (Last, First, Middle) c. PAY GRADE d. UNIT/COMMAND NAME
e. SIGNATURE f. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)

g. UNIT/COMMAND ADDRESS (City, State, ZIP Code)

[Ya-Ya sez: this is NOT the thing to sign if you are in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP/FSP) and have changed your mind and want out. This section is for those in the DEP who want to hurry up and go straight to active duty. Don't be fooled!]
F. DISCHARGE FROM/DELAYED ENTRY/ENLISTMENT PROGRAM
NAME OF ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE (Last, First, Middle) SOCIAL SECURITY NO. OF ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE

20a. I request to be discharged from the Delayed Entry/Enlistment Program (DEP) and enlisted in the Regular Component of the United States (list branch of service) for a period of years and weeks. No changes have been made to my enlistment options OR if changes were made they are recorded on Annex(es) which replace(s) Annex(es) .

b. SIGNATURE OF DELAYED ENTRY/ENLISTMENT PROGRAM ENLISTEE
c. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)

G. APPROVAL AND ACCEPTANCE BY SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

21. SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE CERTIFICATION
a. This enlistee is discharged from the Reserve Component shown in item 8 and is accepted for enlistment in the Regular Component of the United States (list branch of service) in pay grade .

b. NAME (Last, First, Middle) c. PAY GRADE d. UNIT/COMMAND NAME
e. SIGNATURE f. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)
g. UNIT/COMMAND ADDRESS (City, State, ZIP Code)

H. CONFIRMATION OF ENLISTMENT OR REENLISTMENT

22a. IN A REGULAR COMPONENT OF THE ARMED FORCES:
I, _____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

b. SIGNATURE OF ENLISTEE/REENLISTEE b. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)

23. ENLISTMENT OFFICER CERTIFICATION
a. The above oath was administered, subscribed, and duly sworn to (or affirmed) before me this date.
b. NAME (Last, First, Middle) c. PAY GRADE d. UNIT/COMMAND NAME
e. SIGNATURE f. DATE SIGNED (YYYYMMDD)
g. UNIT/COMMAND ADDRESS (City, State, ZIP Code)