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Learn how you can enter the United States military as an officer or enlisted member.

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Infographic with requirements and steps for enlisting in the U.S. military
  • If you're thinking of enlisting in the military, start with some research. It's a big decision, and you’ll have important choices to make when you sign up.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnAs an active duty enlisted member, you'll learn a job specialty and do hands-on work. You’ll sign a contract, usually for four years active and four years inactive service.

    The military has five branches: the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. Each has its own focus, job specialties, base locations, and more.

    Requirements to Enlist

    Citizenship

    • U.S. citizen or

    • Lawful permanent resident with a valid Green Card (You may have fewer job choices.)

    Age Limits

    Enlist at 17 with parental consent, or 18 or older without. Each service has a different enlistment age limit:

    • Marines: 28

    • Coast Guard: 31

    • Army: 34

    • Air Force: 39

    • Navy: 39

    Education and Testing

    • High school diploma or

    • GED (Your options may be more limited in some branches.)

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnEveryone must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. It determines which branches and jobs you can pursue.

    Health and Fitness

    Pass a physical exam and meet weight limits. Each service has different fitness standards.

    Steps for Enlisting

    1. Contact a Recruiter

    Get in touch with a recruiter for each branch you’re interested in. They’ll answer your questions.

    2. Report to MEPS

    If you decide to enlist, you'll spend a day at a military entrance processing station (MEPS). You'll take the ASVAB, have your physical exam, and meet with a career counselor. If you're accepted, you'll take the oath of enlistment.

    3. Await Orders for Basic Training

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou'll receive orders for basic training within a few weeks. If you enrolled in the delayed entry program, you’ll get orders within a year.

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnTo learn more and to find a recruiter, go to usa.gov/join-military.

Join the Military as an Enlisted Member

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnEnlisted members make up most of the military workforce. They receive training in a job specialty and do most of the hands-on work. Usually, you’ll sign up for four years of active duty and four years inactive. After you’ve completed your active duty time, you can either extend your contract or re-enlist if you want to continue serving.

Officers make up a much smaller part of the workforce. To join as an officer, you typically must have a four-year college degree and complete an officer programXổ số trực tiếp 3 miền. You compete for promotion to continue your career. Most officers are managers who plan and direct operations. Others are professionals like doctors and lawyers. Officers get paid more than enlisted members and enjoy certain other benefits.

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou don’t have to join as an officer to become one though. You can join as an enlisted member and attend officer training later on.

Requirements for Joining the Military

The U.S. military has five branches of service: the  Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. The requirements to join are similar for all five. The main differences are in age limits, test scores, and fitness levels. Men and women meet different fitness standards. Besides the requirements listed here, a branch may have other requirements.

Age Limits for Enlisting

You must be at least 17 to enlist in any branch of the active military. The oldest you can be to enlist for active duty in each branch is:

  • Coast Guard: 31

  • Marines: 28

  • Navy: 39

  • Army: 34

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnAir Force: 39

Some branches have different age limits for their part-time Reserve and National Guard. Visit each service's recruiting website for its part-time age limits.

Requirements for Enlisting If You Are Not a U.S. Citizen

You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to enlist in the military, but you may have fewer options. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must:

  • Have a , also known as a Green Card

  • Currently live in the U.S.

  • Speak, read, and write English fluently

Educational and Testing Requirements for Enlisting

You must take the test. The ASVAB has .

  • Your scores on four of those make up your score. This score determines which branch(es) you may join. Each branch has its own lowest score for joining.

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYour scores on all 10 subtests determine which job specialties you qualify for..

You can by taking sample questions.

You must have a high school diploma or a GED to enlist. The services accept only a small number of people with GEDs each year. You can increase your chances of qualifying with a GED by:

  • Earning some college credits and/or

  • Scoring well on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT)

Health and Fitness Requirements for Enlisting

You must pass a . This includes a physical exam, hearing test, vision test, and height/weight measurements.

Each service has its own physical requirements and fitness standards. These depend on the demands of its mission. Even within the same branch, some jobs have tougher or extra requirements.

Steps for Joining the Military

Start by doing some research about . Learn about the five active-duty branches and their part-time counterparts. Know the main differences between officers and enlisted members.

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnOnce you know which branch you’re considering, contact a recruiter. A recruiter will give you an overview and answer your questions about that service. If you’re interested in more than one branch, contact a recruiter for each. If you’re interested in joining as an officer, the recruiter will explain any options you may be eligible for.

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you decide to enlist, you will report to a military entrance processing station (MEPS). . These include taking the ASVAB, having a physical exam, meeting with a career counselor, and if you’re accepted,taking the oath of enlistment. From there you’ll receive orders for basic training, usually to start within a few weeks. If you enrolled in a delayed entry program, you’ll go home and get orders for basic training within a year.

Contact a Recruiter or Apply Online

Army

Air Force

Navy

Marine Corps

Coast Guard

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền is part of the Department of Defense (DOD). It’s responsible for aerial military operations, defending U.S. airspace and air bases, and building landing strips. The Air Force Space Command is under this branch. Service members are known as airmen. The reserve components are Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

is part of the DOD and is the largest of the five military branches. It handles major ground combat missions, especially operations that are ongoing. The Army Special Forces unit is known as the Green Berets for its headgear. Service members are known as soldiers. The reserve components are Army Reserve and Army National Guard.

 is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s responsible for maritime law enforcement, including drug smuggling. It manages maritime search and rescue and marine environmental protection. It also secures ports, waterways, and the coasts. Service members are known as Coast Guardsmen, nicknamed Coasties. The reserve component is Coast Guard Reserve. 

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền is part of the DOD. It provides land combat, sea-based, and air-ground operations support for the other branches during a mission. This branch also guards U.S. embassies around the world and the classified documents in those buildings. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) members are known as Raiders. All service members are referred to as Marines. The reserve component is Marine Corps Reserve.

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền is part of the DOD. It protects waterways (sea and ocean) outside of the Coast Guard’s jurisdiction. Navy warships provide the runways for aircraft to land and take off when at sea. Navy SEALs (sea, air, and land) are the special operations force for this branch. All service members are known as sailors. The reserve component is Navy Reserve. 

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Last Updated: August 28, 2020

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