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What the Recruiter Never Told You

Joining the Military, Part 11

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High Year of Tenure (HYT)

Quite basically, this is the military's "up or out" system for enlisted personnel. Under HYT, if an enlisted member does not make a certain rank within a certain amount of time, they are not allowed to re-enlist. For example, if a solder in the Army does not make the grade of E-4 by the time he/she has ten years in the service, he/she won't be allowed to stay in (of course, if forced out before they were eligible for retirement -- i.e. with less than 20 years of service -- they would most likely be eligible for involuntary separation pay). See our HYT Charts for complete information.

Continued in Part 12 - Military Medical Care

Other Parts to this Series:

  • Part 1 -- Choosing a Military Service
  • Part 2 -- Meeting the Recruiter
  • Part 3 -- The Enlistment Process and Job Selection
  • Part 4 -- Enlistment Contracts and Enlistment Incentives
  • Part 5 -- Military Pay
  • Part 6 -- Housing, Housing Allowance, and Barracks
  • Part 7 -- Chow Halls and Food Allowance
  • Part 8 -- Education Programs
  • Part 9 -- Leave (Vacation), and Job Training
  • Part 10 -- Assignments
  • Part 12 -- Military Medical Care
  • Part 13 -- Commissaries and Exchanges
  • Part 14 -- Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) Activities
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