For some students, military service is a possible option, either as a future career or a means to pay for their college education. Most students do not know what the eligibility rules are for the military. There are different rules for officer and for enlisting programs.
Officer: Officers are the managers of the military. Most officer programs require a college degree at minimum, and are very competitive. Many officers have master's or higher degrees. Some of the most elite colleges in the country are the United States military academies
Enlisting: Enlisted members do the hands-on work of the military. They need at least a high school degree (a GED may or may not suffice).
Before you visit your local recruiter, be sure you meet the minimum qualifications for serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Some qualifications are required by all five services:
For each branch, there are slightly different enlistment requirements:
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* Age limits vary based on active-duty, prior service or reserve. In addition, 17-year old applicants require parental consent.