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What the Recruiter Never Told You

Joining the Military, Part 11


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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