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Military Eligibility

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • You must be at least 17 years old (17-year old applicants require parental consent).
  • You must (with very few exceptions) have a high school diploma.
  • You must pass a physical medical exam.

For each branch, there are slightly different enlistment requirements:

To join the... You must:
Air Force
  • Be between the ages of 17-27. *
  • Have no more than two dependents.
  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 50)
Army
  • Be between the ages of 17-34. *
  • Have no more than two dependents.
  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 31)
Coast Guard
  • Be between the ages of 17- 39*
  • Have no more than two dependents.
  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 45)
  • Have a willingness to serve on or around the water.
Marines
  • Meet exacting physical, mental, and moral standards.
  • Be between the ages of 17-29. *
  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 32)
  • Women are eligible to enlist in all occupational exception of combat arms specialties: infantry, tank and amphibian tractor crew members.
Navy
  • Be between the ages of 17-34. *
  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 50)
  • Women are eligible to enlist in all occupational fields, with the exception of serving in the Navy Seals or on submarines.

* Age limits vary based on active-duty, prior service or reserve. In addition, 17-year old applicants require parental consent.

 



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ASVAB Information