While the US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard each have similar entrance requirements, they all have varying admission standards based on their own specific enlistment agenda and quota. Due to the 2012 unemployment rates and the current political climate, the needs for each branch may vary. Naturally, it is always best to contact your area recruiter.
The Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, Air Force and the Coast Guard have varying age requirements. The minimum age for each military branch is currently 18, however you may enlist at 17 with a parental approval. It is always best to confirm with your local military branch recruiter. The maximum age may vary but currently the US Army is age 35, US Marines maximum age is 28, the US Navy maximum age is 34, the US Air Force maximum age is 27 and the US Coast Guard maximum age is 27.
A high school degree is normally a requirement for enlistment in all the US Military service branches. A GED may qualify… you need to confirm with your local military branch recruiter. Regardless of the documented educational requirement, remember you’re potentially competing with many others for a specific military school. With that, your education level may give you a ‘competitive’ edge in getting your desired military ‘school’ training. With the high US unemployment rate, competition may never has been as high.
U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens (people who have a “Green Card”) may join the US military. However, due to pending Dream Act legislation in selected states and other pending local, state and federal legislation, each service branch may ultimately have its own 2012 enlistment requirements. It is always best to call your military recruiter for more advice on a specific situation.
Bottom line… Want to enlist? Get active and learn all that you can about the military branch which you’re interested. Learn about all the specific branch jobs that you may desire ‘before’ talking with your recruiter. In other words, don’t be ‘sold’ on a job that the military has a great need… but get the job that best benefits ‘you’. Not only that, be wise with an eye for the future and consider the jobs that leads to an attractive ‘career’ long after your military service. Check out military.net for individual military jobs for all the branches.