From the article: United States Military Enlistment Standards
Not everyone qualifies for military enlistment. The military has many enlistment standards, and if one doesn't meet those standards, they don't qualify for enlistment, unless the military grants a waiver. Share Your Reason
How about accountability?
- I tried enlisting when I was 17, parental consent and everything was approved, I passed the ASVAB, qualifying for any job I chose. However, I was disqualified and was never given a reason. I spent 20 years fighting that disqualification, appealing all the way up to the President of the US. I got a rubber stamp signature stating my disqualification stood. 20 years of fighting, I've got nothing to show for it, not eligible for the GI Bill, not eligible for Veterans preference, not eligible for any perks given to military personnel who serve only a single enlistment. Do I think the standards are to tough, "No" but there needs to be some accountability, someone should be required to tell you the reason why you are being disqualified. After 20 years, I still don't know why. But, the one thing I do know is it Pi**es me off to think non US citizens can get into the US Military.
- —Guest Dont Matter Anymore
- to tough. i am willing to join but no one will allow me because i hav no access to my b irthcertifacate and they say a ged is not acceptable anymore.its bullshit.
- —Guest pat
not to tough
- The united states is the best country in the world who wouldn't want to fight for it but with that said you have to think if these requirements were not where they are just think who might be out there fighting for us I would like to know the man or woman im working with who is watching my back is tough enough and smart enough and overall physically well enough to watch my back like I can watch there's and honestly its not that hard to get into the military
- —Guest air force commit
- it makes me tight that you can't find a good job these day's and now they make such a drasticd drop in the inlistment age how can that be good for lower economy. They need to change itback
- —Guest dan
- The standards are where they should be. The military is not for everyone and standards shouldn't be changed so that it is.
- —Guest sean
What a crock
- I love how they act like they're doing you a favor if they "let" you into the military. I am not technically too old to still be able to get into the Air National Guard, if nothing else, because I want to serve my country, but because of a few marijuana offenses in my youth I can't get in. Are you freaking kidding me? I have no felonies, it's been more than ten years, and besides - unconstitutional laws aren't laws. Let's legalize gay marriage and infanticide but keep something harmless like pot illegal! Ludicrous. Not that I even smoke. Haven't in years. Point is, it never should have been illegal in the first place.
- —Guest Anonymous
40 is the new 20
- I can fight fire as a career firefighter till I am unable to perform the job. I have alot of valuable eduction that any branch could use. Seems a waste to not allow hard working, educated and intelligent persons of any age fit to do the task to serve.
- —Guest afirefighter
- I feel at 45 am too old and had I been informed or know then what I know now about the military I would have gone in. I work with Veterans VA Medical center. I wish I had an oppertunity to join. Am strong and healthy.
- —Guest rosa sanchez
Excellent enlistment standards
- First off i served in the Navy for six years and got out Honorably and these comments on lowering the standards are unbelievably offensive to me. If you don't have the discipline to finish high school you have no place in an attention to detail organization. Also criminals who have chosen to straighten there lives out do deserve a chance but not in the military where lives depend on you. You people are making comments on your own personal feelings cause they got hurt and not on common sense. There are plenty of qualified Americans who join and if you don't fit the criteria, I'm very sorry but there is a logical reason behind it. The safety of our military is why we have standards and I'm extremely glad we do. When I was in I would have never trusted a person with mental or physical impairments and especially not an ex criminal. These are very serious job and I appreciate America screening who works next to me
- —Guest Robert
*Not To Bad*
- It not far from good... I've always wanted to join the US ARMY but Y'all should make it be once u American citizen and u ace ur tests u can join the army... I don't like the whole family n parental shxt... God Bless America
- I believe that every one has a right too fight for their country , I had my first child at 17 and I'm now 18 and I wanted too join the service but was turned down because I am a single parent. I was told in order too enlist I would have too give up my parental rights which I am not nor was not willing too do . I believe that is crazy and should be lifted
- —Guest Apauled
- I think the military enlistment standards have been blown way out of proportion, and yes they are too tough now days,a couple of years back me and my brother took the Asvab for the army, and they denied him because of his bad eye, and you see the thing is, he is just partially blind in that eye, not completely blind and to me that just isn't right cause he Aced that test and was willing to join in the drop of a needle until they denied him, so yeah I've definitely gotta say that the enlistment standards is way to high, so whoever is reading this, just think about that and picture that being your younger brother who was just wanting one thing and that was to serve his country and carry on a family tradition.
- —Guest A patriotic man
- I had my daughter at 19, and became a single parent at 24. I've wanted to join the army for a long time, but I wasn't going to sign over my parental rights to do so, which is what single parents have to do to enlist. I will be 37 when she graduates next year, too old to join anything but the reserves. I'm actually in better shape now than I was in my 20's, but now I can't join. Seems a little harsh IMO.
- —Guest Tks
- I believe they are ridiculous - my son wanted to enlist and was told no due to having a pre trial conversion dismissed 4 years ago when he just turned 18. Seems like when someone is really wanting to help themselves by changing and making something of themselves that they would appreciate this. Guess not - but when you have a current war going on they take em all good or bad - gee wonder why this is?
- —Guest Robyn
- I had a kid earlier in life than most and stood by that decision as a hard working father now its 2 years later and I'm 19... every branch is telling me I need college credits to join just because I have a G.E.D. how stupid is that? It's called General Equivalency for a reason...also I started a group on FB Called United Americans Against Military Requirements if anyone would like to join.
- —Guest Nate Day
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