The DEP allows you to enlist in the Army today, but delay
reporting for duty up to one year.
Join the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program (DEP), and join
a group of motivated individuals on the path to achievement
The Delayed Entry Program allows prospective recruits the
opportunity to get ready for your transition to the Army.
During this time, you can get personal affairs in order, and
become better physically and mentally prepared before departing
for Basic Training. Future Soldiers will also have scheduled
meetings and activities with their recruiter, and will become
acquainted with other recruits in their area as they prepare
to ship to training.
While you’re in the DEP, you can finish high school or college
courses before you leave for Basic Training. If you’re in
the DEP while waiting for an opening in an Army technical
training school, you can use the time to take care of personal
business, attend to job or family obligations, or just relax.
As part of the DEP you will:
- Maintain weekly contact with your recruiter.
- Attend meetings and classes set up by your recruiter.
At the meetings, you will participate in physical conditioning
training, receive information regarding the general history
and traditions of the Army, and learn about other general
subjects designed to enhance your preparedness for Basic
- If you have not already graduated, continue to attend
and graduate high school. Your graduation and educational
training is important to achieving success in life and in
the Army. Your recruiter will help you to monitor your progress.
- Get a head start on Basic Training by preparing yourself
physically and mentally and learning Army basics such as
policies, terminology and rank structure.
- Meet and maintain the established height and weight standards.
- Contact your recruiter of any changes in your status –
like new address or phone number, marriage or children,
and changes to your medical condition or legal obligations.
- Conduct yourself in a manner that is honorable to you,
your family and the Army.
- Ask to be contacted by your Local Recruiter or Request
- Find out what to expect when joining the Army.
While in DEP, take time to learn more about your future and
information to prepare you for the Army, so you can answer
any questions that your family
may have. Also, become familiar with basic Army
terms, such as Army Time, Army Dates, the Army terminology
Bringing Friends into the Family
The future Soldier Referral Program allows future soldiers to
earn his/her first promotion to Private (E-2) or Private First
Class (E-3). This is accomplished by referring friends, relatives,
and acquaintances who subsequently enlist in the Army or the
Army Reserve prior to your leaving for Initial Active Duty Training.
The program doesn't just stop there, family and friends can
earn points for Army of One gear by referring friends to.
Other referral incentives may be given at the local level;
see your recruiter about official details of the program and