Who We Are, What We Do

The USAREC Vision:
America's premier opportunity for service -- for Citizens and Soldiers

The USAREC Mission:
Provide the Strength of the Army.

Bringing quality young men and women into the Army - people who will complete their tours of duty and make a contribution to the Nation's defense - is the objective of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command as it goes about the mission of "Providing the Strength" for America's Army.

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is responsible for manning both the Active Army and the U.S. Army Reserve, ensuring security and readiness for our Nation. Recruiting operations are conducted throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and at U.S. facilities in Germany and Asia.

The USAREC headquarters, located at Fort Knox, Ky., provides the command, control and staff support to the recruiting force. More than 400 officers, enlisted members and civilian employees work in diverse areas such as personnel, administration, resource management, safety, market research and analysis, public relations and recruiting operations. The command has its own inspector general, staff judge advocate and headquarters command.

USAREC's subordinate structure includes six recruiting brigades and the Special Missions Brigade. The lst Recruiting Brigade is headquartered at Fort Meade, Md. The 2nd Recruiting Brigade is at Fort Gillem, Ga. The 3rd Recruiting Brigade headquarters is located at Fort Knox. The 5th Recruiting Brigade is at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The 6th Recruiting Brigade is located in North Las Vegas, Nev. The Medical Recruiting Brigade Headquarters is collocated with the USAREC Headquarters at Fort Knox. The Special Missions Brigade, also headquartered at Fort Knox, provides the logistical support and resource management for the entire command, as well as operational command and control for select recruiting missions, including Special Forces, chaplain and warrant officer.

Each brigade commands up to eight recruiting battalions within its geographic area for a total of 38 battalions. Each battalion commands the recruiting companies in its area. Two hundred forty-five companies provide the tactical control of recruiting stations. The Medical Recruiting Brigade consists of five Medical Recruiting Battalions across the Command.

There are approximately 8,000 Soldier and civilian recruiters working out of more than 1,600 recruiting stations across America and overseas. All have records of proven ability and potential, and each represents the finest traditions of the Army and military service.

Army recruiters must be knowledgeable in Army opportunities and the enlistment process before they are assigned to a recruiting station. The Recruiting and Retention School, located at Fort Jackson, S.C., provides soldiers the institutional training necessary to become successful recruiters. The recruiters' skills continue to be developed in unit training programs that begin as soon as recruiters arrive in their recruiting areas.

Last Updated: 1/22/09
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