Joining overview

When it comes to learning about the Military, knowing where to start your research may seem daunting. Don’t worry — we’re here to help. The first steps to considering service include understanding the Military’s basic entrance requirements, exploring the different Service branches and deciding between enlisted and officer career paths.

Learning about entrance requirements

01. Age Requirements

Across the United States Armed Forces, the maximum age for enlistment for someone who has never served in the military before depends on the branch. For the Army, the maximum age is 35. For the Navy, age waivers start at 34-years-old. For the Air Force, the maximum age allowed to join is 39-years-old.

02. Physical Requirements

The Army PFT consists of the following exercises: 2-minutes of push-ups, 2-minutes of sit-ups, and a 2-mile timed run. In accordance with AR 350-1, soldiers have to pass the APFT by scoring at least 60 points on each event and an overall score of at least 180 points.

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12 branches

Exploring Branches & Types of Service

Deciding between enlisting or becoming an officer


Enlisted service members make
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Meeting with a recruiter

After deciding which Service branch and service type they're interested in pursuing, the best way for someone to get answers to any questions they have about the Military is to meet with a recruiter.

The Military is made up of five branches, each with their own active-duty and part-time components. Each varies in service commitment, location and how its members contribute to the overall mission of protecting our country, though all components are on the same rank-based pay scale.

The ASVAB is a multiple-choice exam that helps determine the careers for which an individual is best suited. Both traditional pen-and-paper exams and a computer-based version are available. The ASVAB takes approximately three hours to complete and has questions about standard school subjects like math, English, writing and science. Each Service uses a custom combination of ASVAB results to produce scores related to different career fields. Alternatively, recruits may take the PiCAT, or Prescreen Internet Based Computerized Adaptive Test, which is an untimed, unmonitored version of the ASVAB that can be taken online.

Whether you are considering the military out of a sense of Patriotism or duty, for action and adventure, or for a steady job in a depressed economy, there is something for everyone.

The U.S. military has numerous enlistment incentives, bonuses, incentives and other programs. For instance, there are countless resources to assist Soldiers and their families to relocate from one post to another for new tour cycles, both from a financial and support perspective. Here are some of the benefits of joining the Army that you might not be aware of.

Military Fit, the most effective outdoor fitness programme created by experts to deliver results, fast. It’s fun, challenging, rewarding, achievable and results based. Military Fit is designed to develop all areas of fitness to help you become stronger, fitter, faster and endure more. It’s perfect for those wanting the most of everything in one session.

Sometimes referred to as Advanced Individual Training (AIT), or simply advanced training, skill training takes place after a service member completes Basic Training. Skill training refers to the instruction a service member receives in his or her assigned military career field.

Completing process

Completing the joining process

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