To join the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, review the requirements on this webpage.

To join the enlisted ranks, in general you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder
    • Non-citizens must speak, read, and write English fluently.
    • Non-citizens must currently live in the U.S.
  • Be in good health
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have a high school diploma (some branches will accept a GED)
  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test


To become an officer:

You can become an officer in the U.S. military by graduating from one of the U.S. service academies. The academies are colleges that train future commissioned officers.

Learn how to apply to academy.


You can also earn an officer commission through:


edit f2To prepare to apply, fill out the checklist in your CAM Passport. Here’s an example:


Military Application: U.S. Air Force


 Information/Document Needed                  Do I have it                           available?   Notes                     
  My citizenship information  Yes  
  Task  Deadline  Notes
 Meet with recruiter; commit to serve    
 Review sample ASVAB questions    
 Set visit date to Military Entrace   Processing Station (MEPS)    
 Pass the ASVAB test    
 Pass the phyiscal exam    


Mission Accomplished: Show your CAM Ambassador your completed checklist to earn your stamp.


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