Military: The military is the armed services of the U.S. meant to defend the nation and support its interests. You can join the following different armed service branches:
- Applicants must be at least 17 years of age (if under 18, must have parental consent)
- Possess a high school diploma; GED accepted in some cases
- U.S. citizen; green card holder; permanent resident (proof of legal residency)
- Must achieve an AFQT score on the ASVAB of a minimum of a 31; ASVAB scores determine eligibility for different roles in the military branches
- Good physical condition and ability to pass the physical fitness evaluation
- Must be able to pass a drug/substance abuse test
- Must pass background check: no prior felony convictions, juvenile offenses, drug and domestic violence charges
- May need to pass a credit check and a security clearance check, depending on the branch and role
Below is a general overview of the enrollment process to enlist in the military; slight variations exist for each military branch:
- Attend an information session with a recruiter at your school to learn about career options within the military or ask your College and Career Coordinator to provide resources on the process.
- Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam at the school site. Take the ASVAB exam at the school site first, as it is easier to re-test when exam is taken at the school site. Achieve at least an AFQT score of a 31.
- Complete application and submit required documents to recruiter, including ASVAB scores.
- Proof of citizenship (social security card)
- Driver’s license or valid state identification card
- High school transcript and/or diploma
- Other (varies based on branch)
- Pass the Physical Fitness Evaluation at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)