Military Information

MILITARY ENLISTMENT

 

Opportunities for enlistment in the military are plentiful. The five services offer over hundreds of schools and thousands of courses of enlistment. This training, and the experience that follows, gives the military veteran a real advantage in the civilian world. Enlisting in military service right after high school is an option.  The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard provide job training in many fields, as well as opportunities for enlistees to take some college-level courses. The services can also help you build a college fund.

 

The National Guard consists of two components: the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the Air National Guard (ANG). Its mission is to serve the state in times of natural disaster or civil disturbance, and the nation in time of war. Flexible scheduling makes it possible for you to combine service in the National Guard with work or school. The Guard meets one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. The U.S. National Guard also offers educational benefits.

 

Each service sets its own enlistment qualifications. Contact your local recruiters for information or visit their websites regarding qualifications and program opportunities.

 

GENERAL ENLISTMENT QUALIFICATIONS

 

Age
Must be at least 17 and yet 35 years old. Consent of parent or legal guardian required if 17.

Citizenship Status
Must be either:

  • a U.S. citizen
  • an immigrant alien legally admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence and possessing immigration and naturalization documents

Physical Condition
Must meet minimum physical standards listed below to enlist. Some military occupations have additional physical standards.

  • Weight: there are minimum and maximum weights, based on percentage of body fat.
  • Vision: There are minimum correctable vision standards.
  • Overall health: Must be in good health and pass a medical exam. Certain diseases or conditions may exclude a person from enlistment (i.e. diabetes, severe allergies, epilepsy, alcoholism and drug addiction)

Education
High school graduation is desired by all services and is a requirement under most enlisted options.

Aptitude
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB):

  • Requires a minimum entry score which may vary by service and occupation
  • Is a test that can help you with educational and career planning
  • Provides academic and occupational composite scores
  • Is a three-hour free exam
  • Does not incur a military obligation
  • May be taken by 10th, 11th and 12th graders

 

Moral Character
Must meet standards designed to screen out persons likely to become disciplinary problems. Standards cover court convictions, juvenile delinquency, arrests and drug use.