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Financial Management
There is a NEW Financial
Management Class located on the
Additional Training tab of the
FSTS. This class is designed to
give you a better understanding of
successful financial strategies.

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

Newest Future Soldiers
Please welcome our newest Future
Soldiers - Isaiah Mendez AR 91F1
- Nicholas Bello NJ 88M1
- Ricardo Garofalo Contreras FL
68B1
- Gabriel Taylor NC 92A1 ... more

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Financial Management

There is a NEW Financial Management Class located on the Additional Training tab of the FSTS. This class is designed to give you a better understanding of successful financial strategies.

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 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-center1@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).

Newest Future Soldiers

Please welcome our newest Future Soldiers - Isaiah Mendez AR 91F1
- Nicholas Bello NJ 88M1
- Ricardo Garofalo Contreras FL 68B1
- Gabriel Taylor NC 92A1
- Jacob Capozella IN 91E1
- MORGAN SMITH GA 91B1
- PETER HARLEY MD 91B1
- MALCOLM HALL LA 12B1
- Christopher Aspenwall WA 68C1
- Igor Dovgaliuk CA 09C1O
- Elizabeth Garcia IL 12B1
- Johnathon Fischer AZ 31B1
- Adam Cosgrove CO 37F1
- Johan DeJesus PA 17C1
- Brandon Higgins NC 12N1
- Jacob Stevens OK 11X1
- ANTHONY SIMONS WI 12K1
- Omar Al rubaye NC 91B1
- GARVYN RODRIGUES CA 88M1
- Tyran Murphy NC 31B1
- ILEXIS COFIELD CA 88N1
- Chelsea Fivekiller OK 68X1
- Justice Nolan IN 14H1
- Uriah Stepisnik CO 12B1
- LADARIUS SMITH AL 42A1
- Jonathan Bowar PA 68W1
- Jacob Bruehl IL 11X1
- JOSHUA SAM NY 91C1
- Jybs Navarte NV 92G1
- BRANDON LANIER FL 19D1
- LEOLA MYERLY HI 35G1
- Emitt Sobiniak CO 11X1
- Cassidy Warchala WI
- Adam Anderson GA 35F1
- KIRILL GUTSEV NY 12T1
- Nicholas Pachunka NE 91B1
- Ricardo Zaragoza CO 12B1
- Cody Davis OH 31E1
- CRISTON PAYNE MD 31B1
- Armando Arroyo IL 25B1
- Caitlyn Polliard PA 91D1

QUESTIONS FAMILY MEMBERS FREQUENTLY ASK

You and your Future Soldier have entered a pivotal time. Your Future Soldier has made a substantial commitment to the Army, but many questions might remain about what Army life will be like. The “Guide for Future Soldiers and Their Families” is designed to address those questions and start your Future Soldier on the right foot as he or she steps into a great challenge. As a family member, your role is vital during this transition. Let’s begin with you and your concerns. After your Future Soldier leaves for training, feel free to contact his or her recruiter. Below are questions family members frequently ask.  

  • Will my Soldier be able to call home from Basic Combat Training (BCT)?

    Your Soldier will be able to call home from the Reception Battalion (RECBN) to let you know he or she arrived. Normally, in BCT, phone calls are for emergencies only. Soldiers can earn special phone call privileges.
  • How long can I expect my Soldier to be in training?

    The Soldiers’ stay at the Reception Battalion can vary depending on the time of year. Soldiers shipping in the summer months traditionally experience a longer stay at reception prior to the start of Basic Combat Training. BCT lasts approximately nine weeks. Advanced Individual Training, where Soldiers receive job-specific training for their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), generally lasts from seven to 14 weeks. Will the drill sergeants hit my Soldier?

    No. Soldiers are treated fairly, firmly and with dignity. Abuse of any kind is not tolerated. Drill sergeants are selected from the best Soldiers in the Army and are highly qualified to train recruits.
  • How is the Army dealing with sexual harassment?

    Sexual harassment is unacceptable and is not tolerated in the Army. If you ever see it or experience it, you should report it. The Army maintains a zero tolerance stance pertaining to sexual harassment or misconduct, and charges all Soldiers entering the Army to report any violation of this policy. In addition, drill sergeants go through a rigorous application and training process. They are trained in and teach Army values and human relations skills.
  • Where will my Soldier be stationed after training?

    This will depend on the MOS and on the needs of the Army. Soldiers without a guaranteed assignment option are advised of their duty station toward the end of AIT. Army Reserve Soldiers have assignments guaranteed to a local Reserve unit within 50 miles of their home address at the time of enlistment.
  • What can I send my Soldier in the mail at BCT?

    Send letters. Soldiers will not have access to e-mail during this time.
  • How do I notify my Soldier in the event of an emergency?

    Immediately notify your local Red Cross chapter with pertinent information and they will arrange to contact your Soldier. For areas where a local or regional Red Cross number is not published, the toll free number is 1-877-272-7337. It is helpful to know your Soldier’s Social Security number, unit and installation.
  • What happens if my Soldier fails a portion of BCT?

    If your Soldier is unable to adequately pass a required event he or she may be retrained in that portion or may be sent back to the beginning for a new start. This may delay graduation.
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  • What happens if my Soldier is injured during training?

    Should any injury occur, your Soldier will receive prompt and appropriate medical attention. Your recruiter can help facilitate contact with your Soldier. Depending on the nature and extent of the injury there may be some delay in his or her graduation.
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  • May my Soldier attend college while in the Army?

    Yes. The Army believes that education is one of the keys to building a successful future. Following initial training, your Soldier will have access to programs at accredited colleges, universities and vocational schools. And the Army has a financial assistance program that can help as well. May my Soldier come home while serving in the Army?

    Yes. He or she earns 30 days of leave or vacation with pay per year.
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  • How will he or she get home?

    Soldiers can travel on regularly scheduled military flights connecting them to a variety of destinations, both stateside and overseas, on a space available, first-come, first-served basis. Also, most commercial airlines offer reduced military fares. Check with your air carrier when making travel arrangements.
  • May my Soldier get married while in the Army?

    Yes. In many instances on-post family housing is available.
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  • May I visit my Soldier while he or she is in the Army?

    Yes. There is a Visitor’s Day, usually just prior to graduation.
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  • What can I do to assist my Soldier during BCT?

    The best thing you can do is to write as many positive letters as possible and as often as possible. Soldiers look forward to daily mail call.
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  • What is a typical day like in BCT?

    Basic Combat Training is very demanding and challenging. Soldiers are expected to respond quickly and to give 100 percent effort at all times. Most Soldiers quickly adapt to the new life. It is difficult, however, because everything is new and new Soldiers don’t know what to expect. The purpose of this booklet is to prepare you and your Soldier for Army life and for BCT.
  • Will my Soldier be paid while at BCT?

    Yes. Soldiers will receive monthly pay.
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  • Will my Soldier’s head be shaved?

    Males will have their hair cut closely to the scalp during BCT. Females’ hair must be above the collar of their uniforms. Both males and females are encouraged not to dye their hair any unnatural colors before reporting for BCT.
  • How much personal time will my Soldier have during BCT?
  • Soldiers receive approximately one hour of personal time each day. Will my Soldier receive spiritual guidance?

    Yes. Soldiers have access to spiritual guidance. Religious services are provided during BCT as well as throughout your Soldier’s term of enlistment. Chaplains work with both families and Soldiers to assist them in handling problems of all sorts. Some of these might include becoming a Soldier. Your recruiter can put you or your Soldier in touch with a Unit Ministry Team (UMT), a resource you may contact at any time. There is a UMT assigned to each recruiting brigade. Ask your recruiter which brigade UMT you should contact:

    Headquarters, 1ST Brigade UMT
    U.S. Army Recruiting Command UMT, Fort Meade, MD
    Fort Knox, KY (301-677-2943)
    (1-800-223-3735, ext. 6-0535/6-0534/6-0533)  
       
    2nd Brigade UMT, 3rd Brigade UMT,
    Redstone Arsenal, AL Fort Knox, KY
    (256-450-9525/9526) (1-800-223-3735, ext 6-1039/6-0704)
       
    5th Brigade UMT, 6th Brigade UMT,
    Fort Sam Houston, TX North Las Vegas, NV
    (210-221-1565) (702-639-2026/2027)
  • Can my Soldier become an officer later if he or she wishes to do so?

    Yes, the Army offers several paths to a career as an officer including ROTC, West Point, Officer Candidate School and other commissioning programs. An Army career counselor can advise your Soldier on all the opportunities available.
  • Can I attend my Soldier’s graduation ceremonies following training?

    Yes. You may attend your Soldier’s graduation upon completion of training. Your Soldier will be asked after starting BCT to provide the correct contact information and address to the command. The command will send a letter to the address that will explain graduation dates and other necessary information needed for you to attend.
  • Are resources available to assist my Soldier and family during this time of separation?

    Yes. The Military OneSource program provides excellent information and assistance for most day-to-day issues. Your Soldier and family can visit the website at www.militaryonesource.com or call 1-800-342-9647 for assistance. Once your Soldier enters BCT, the family will be eligible for face-to-face counseling provided in your local area. These services are available to your Soldier and family at no cost.

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