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MILITARY ENLISTMENT

Enlistment Requirements

Age:  at least 17 to but not older than 34
Citizenship:  Citizen of the US, Alien who has been lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence, National of the US or a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Trainability:  Must have the ability to read, write and speak sufficient English to understand the oath of enlistment and the Entrance National Agency Check (ENTNAC) Interview.  Must score a 31 or better on the Armed Forces Qualification Test.
Education:  High school graduate; high school graduate via semester hours (15), or quarter hours (22) or clock hours (675) from a post-secondary vocational-technical institution.  Alternate high school credentials: Test Based Equivalency Diploma, Occupational Program Certificate of Attendance, Correspondence School Diploma, Home Study Diploma or High School Certificate of Attendance.  Also anyone with a degree may enter.
Physical:  Must be physically fit in accordance with Army Regulation 40-501. Can't have been confirmed positive with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Must test negative for drugs and alcohol.
Dependents:  Without a spouse and with no dependents.  Married and, in addition to the spouse has two or less dependents.  Without a spouse and does not have custody of dependents.
Moral and administrative criteria: A recruiter will interview applicant for any records of arrest, charges, juvenile court adjudication's, traffic violations, probation periods, dismissed or pending charges or convictions, including those which have been expunged or sealed.  Having a record is not necessarily a permanent disqualification from entry.  Many violations are minor and an exception to policy can be submitted.
SSN:  No person will be tested or processed for enlistment into the delayed entry program, Regular Army or Army Reserve without a SSN.

Enlistment Process

  1. Meet with a recruiter, either at his office or your home.  He will be able to cover all the benefits associated with an Army enlistment.  He will also be able to determine if the individual is qualified.  If the individual is still interested and qualified, then you may proceed to the next step.
  2. The next step is to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB).  This is an aptitude test.  It covers math, English, science, mechanics, and many other areas.  The test is normally given on a computer, however it may be given in written form.  The recruiter will normally take the individual to the test.  It takes approximately 2-3 hours.  The test will let the individual know what jobs they are qualified for mentally, and also whether they qualify for the Army College Fund, Cash Bonus, Guaranteed Station of Choice, 2-year program, etc.
  3. The next step is to take a physical.  This is similar to most sports physical you may have taken in school.  During the physical the doctor will also discuss all past medical history.  The doctor will make a determination if the individual is qualified to enlist.  He may also determine if the individual has some medical conditions that may prevent them from doing a particular job (such as color blindness, poor vision), but he may enlist in other jobs.
  4. The final step is to sit down with an Army guidance counselor.  This counselor will input the data from the ASVAB, the physical, and any other important information in to a computer.  The computer then provides a list of vacancies available that the individual qualifies for.  The individual looks at the list of jobs.  If he sees a job that interests him, then he chooses it and signs the contract.  Before he signs the contract he will know what job he is getting guaranteed to him, how much money for college, and any other options he may also receive.  This is all guaranteed in writing.


 

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