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Requirements to Join

Requirements to Join

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.

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Decide What Branch

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

Once 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.

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Type Of Service

Full-time or Part-time, Enlisted or Officer.  Those are choices you have to make. Enlisted members make up most of the military workforce. Officers make up a much smaller part.


Are You Old Enough?

In the United States military system, you may enlist into any branch at the age of 17 years old with parental consent, or 18 years old without parental consent.

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