I am a single mom with two wonderful kids considering joining the military. I don't have a husband or boyfriend, and I can't see any of my family taking the kids full time so I could go through training. Is there any hope at all for me to join???
Not true at all pipedreams.... I enlisted into the US Army as a single parent. All you need is a family care plan. So it is absolutely possible for you to join..... however..... you do not seem to trust your family with your children while you go through training. You cannot take your kids with you for training. I believe in some cases, you can have your family with you during AIT, but definitely not during basic which is 10 weeks I believe.
TJ, I'll bet my next paycheck that you are either Reserve or National Guard - not Active Duty (unless activated Reserve or Guard).
You can NOT join the Active Duty forces as a single parent, male or female. Reserve and Guard have different regulations for that, and there is more leeway - providing an adequate family care plan is in place for dependent children.
Any review of cases of Reserve/Guard single parents who have refused to obey deployment orders will tell you why the military is reluctant to accept single parents, with or without a care plan.
I agree with Cider, and all the branches recruiters in my recruitment center say the same thing... however, I've gotten some really nasty private messages after positing such. Many people are stating that you can join the Army as a single parent. Don't know why my buddy Army recruiters don't know this tid bit though...
talk to a recruiter. Things change all the time and you may be able to enlist. But you will have to have someone to care for your children while you are in training. I does not necessarily have to be a family member as long as you are able to confide in them to care for your kids. This is known as a family care plan. If you enlist, then when you are at your duty station you can bring your kids to live with you. But you will have to maintain an active family care plan. Good luck.