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  • Eligibility Requirements

    Eligibility Requirements

    Learn about the basic eligibility requirements for joining, including age, education level, physical condition and U.S. citizenship status.

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  • ASVAB Test

    ASVAB Test

    Find out where you can take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), which measures a young adult’s knowledge, strengths and weaknesses, and potential for future success.

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  • Enlisting in the Military

    Enlisting in the Military

    Discover what it’s like to visit a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), where recruits complete the enlistment process.

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  • Becoming an Officer

    Becoming an Officer

    If you’re interested in commissioning as an officer, there are several paths available. Get details on each to see which one might be right for you.

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  • Boot Camp

    Boot Camp

    Curious about Basic Training, also known as “boot camp”? We’ll provide you with all the necessary details and resources to help you prepare for the challenge.

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  • Questions to Ask a Recruiter

    Questions to Ask a Recruiter

    Speaking with a recruiter is an incredibly important part of the recruitment process. Approach this conversation with confidence using these resources and FAQs.

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Common Questions About Joining & Eligibility

What is MEPS?

Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) is a joint Service organization with locations all over the country, that determines an applicant's physical qualifications, aptitude and moral standards as set by each branch of military service. Visiting MEPS is an important step in becoming an enlisted service member.

What is the ASVAB?

The ASVAB test, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a multiple-choice exam that helps determine the military careers for which an individual is best suited. There are two versions of the test:

  • The enlistment version of the ASVAB is given at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and is used for recruiting purposes only.
  • The student testing program, also known as the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP), is used for career exploration and is given in high schools and community colleges, at job corps centers and at correctional facilities.
What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is an officer commissioning path associated with 4-year colleges and universities that prepares young adults to become leaders in the Military. In exchange for scholarship money, ROTC cadets commit to serving for a set period of time upon graduation.

Each service branch offers ROTC programs, except the Coast Guard and Space Force. 

What happens during basic training?

Basic training, which is commonly known as boot camp, is a 8-to-13 week training program that prepares recruits for all elements of service: physical, mental and emotional. It also instills service members with discipline, confidence, and reinforces the importance of teamwork.

Do you need a high school diploma to join the Military?

Possession of a high school diploma is desirable, although not mandatory, for enlistment in any component of the Military Services. Depending on Service needs, candidates with a GED (General Education Development) certificate may be able to join, however; these opportunities may be limited. 

For more common questions and answers, visit our FAQ page