Future Soldier Program (formerly known as DEP)

The Future Soldier Program first went by the name of Delayed Entry Program (DEP).

From the time your husband goes to MEPS and signs on the dotted line until he leaves for basic training, he is in Future Soldier program. The amount of time in the Army’s Future Soldier program can vary greatly depending on your soldier’s MOS (job).

My husband first went to MEPS in April and was in DEP (what it was referred to at that time) until the next October. There are certain standards that must be maintained while he is in the Army’s delayed entry program.

  • He must keep in contact with his Army recruiter by phone every two weeks and in person every month.
  • He has to keep his recruiter informed about everything that is going on with him. This includes any involvement with law enforcement (including speeding tickets) and any changes in his health.
  • He should try to attend all Future Soldier functions. These will usually be held once a month. Some are just a get together for dinner while others may include PT tests. These functions are usually family friendly and will be a great opportunity for you to meet other Army wives.
  • He should stay in shape and follow a physical training program to prepare for basic training. This includes staying within the weight guidelines.

There are also ways that he can earn his first promotion if he’s not entering as an E-3 while in Future Soldier. This can be accomplished by referring others to his recruiter. The referral must enroll in Future Soldier before your soldier leaves for basic training in order for the promotion to occur. Be sure to ask your recruiter about this option if you’d like more details about it.

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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