Question: How Long Do You Have To Stay In The Army?

What happens if you sign up for the military and don’t go?

The recruiter may tell the person he or she must report on the date scheduled.

Recruiters often say things like, “If you don’t show up you will be AWOL; you will go to jail and get a Dishonorable Discharge.

It will ruin your life.”.

Can you quit the army?

There is no way to simply quit the Army once you are on active duty. You are contractually, and perhaps morally, obligated to see your commitment through. However, you could be discharged from duty early if you are physically or psychologically unable to perform your Army duties.

How long do you have to stay in the US Army?

While total length of service commitment varies based on Service branch need and occupational specialty, a first term is generally four years of Active Duty followed by four years in a Reserve unit or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).

Can you leave the army before 4 years?

Joining aged 18 or over After the first three months you have no right to leave until you have served for four years.

Can you stay in the military forever?

It depends – you stay in the US Military for the amount of time that is stated in your contract. You can stay in for as little as three years or go for 20 years if you desire to make it a career. However, there are rare circumstances that allow for one to get out sooner – primarily medical discharges.

What happens if you don’t go to basic training?

In theory, if an applicant fails to show up to ship out to basic training, the military could order the individual to active duty. And if the individual refused, the military could legally court-martial the individual. In reality, this never happens. Today’s military is an all-volunteer force.