Army & National Guard 2012 Age Requirements For Enlistment

While each of the USMilitary service branches have similar entrance requirements, each service has its own admission standards based on the type of recruits needed. The 2012 military age requirements listed here apply to the United States Military as a whole. For more specifics, it’s always best to contact your area recruiter.

Age Requirements

The Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, Air Force and the Coast Guard have varying age requirements.  The minimum age for all military branches is 18 at this time however you may enlist at 17 with a parental consent.  Too confirm, you must speak to your military recruiter.  The maximum ages vary but at this time the Army is age 35, Marines maximum age is 28, the Navy maximum age is 34, the Air Force maximum age is 27 and the Coast Guard maximum age is 27.   However and again, these age requirements can change at any time based on the needs of the military branch in which you’re applying.

Also, for the Reserves:  Army Reserves 35, Army National Guard 35 (changed from 42), Air Force Reserve 34, Air National Guard 40 (changed from 34), Navy Reserves 39, Marines 29 and the Coast Guard Reserves is age 39.  However, due to each branch needs and the political envirnoment… you must confirm with your area recruiter for your specific branch for the latest age requirements.

Educational Requirements

A high school degree is usually a requirement for any enlistment in all the USMilitary service branches.  However, a GED may qualify however you need to confirm with your designated recruiter.

Citizenship Requirements

U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens (people who have a “Green Card”) may join the United States military.  However, each Service has its own enlistment requirements. Contact your military recruiter for more advice on a specific situation.

80 Responses to "Army & National Guard 2012 Age Requirements For Enlistment"

  1. Joseph Johnson  January 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Hi I would like to no what age requirement for army

  2. Davide  January 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Age requirements 17 –> 34

  3. Brenda  January 9, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Do u knw if they will be raising the age limit back to 42yr any time soon theres alota pple that still want to join and why is the site saying 42if its 35 thats incorrect

  4. larryf  January 10, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Hi Brenda, according to the government the maximum age for the Army is 42, as reported. If you have and documentation otherwise please forward to me at [email protected]. Above all, THANK YOU for caring enough to advise me. Note the age for the Navy is 35 (34). See below: – Similar
    For active service in the Army, the maximum age is 42; for the Navy, 34; for the Air Force and Coast Guard, 27; and for the Marine Corps, 29. …

  5. Adewale adeolu Adeyemo  January 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

         my name is adewale adeolu,i sat for a asvab test exam on the net and i will like to know my final score in this exam.if u really want to join the military ,what are the criteria,and whet is the benefit of doing this examination.after finishing my final easvab test yesterday and finally to check my final score they had links had a techinichal problem.i will like to get more info on this.
                                                          thank you so much.


  6. amoako mensah elvis  January 20, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Sir,am a Elvis and I want to know if it will be possible for me to join the US ARMY whiles not
    a citizen of the America and in Ghana now,please Sir any guide lines concerning recruitement into the US Army
    should conveyed to me,hope my request will be granted,thank you sir.

  7. Angie  February 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I called my local recruiter for Army today and was told the
    age restriction is 35. I am a 40 year old female and want to join active Army.
    Any suggestions/tips/advice? Fresno, California

  8. Yvonne  March 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Its so conflicting…this site is saying max age is 35 for Army, but in corner it says Army jobs 17-34! I talked to 2 different recruiters…one says its no problem for me to get in but ill need a waiver for my family and my GED is ok…then the other says i need college credits with my GED! I dont have time to earn those credits…ill be 35 in August! Im probably going to end up in the Air National Guard, but i REALLY want to go active duty!

  9. Wendy  March 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I think the military should open the age to 45 since the retirement age is 65 If you put in 20 years you could retire. I’m a college graduate and can’t find a job in my field. The government want to employ people then open the age up more so those who of us want to join and serve can

  10. John RIvers  March 16, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I was in the process of going into the army reserves when the age limited changed 2 weeks before i was suppose to sign. The recruiter never mention (not one time) the age limited was going to change which makes me think he’s a real ….bag. Why should I look favorable at the military in any way when I wanted to join badly, because I know I would of been a good leader, and I see solider’s pissing on dead corpse’s. Its a real jacked up situation for anyone to be dealt a bad hand like that, but for a man who wears a uniform like that and represent America lying to people’s face so bluntly, no wonder we lost the war on terror.

  11. Tenkorang addo anthony yaw  March 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Dear sir/madam, my parent is in america and they have file my papers but is delaying. All my wish is to join the us army. but my papers is delaying. sir/madam all i wont u to do for me is help me get my papers to come to usa to join the amry, since u said unless u are a citizen before u can join the amry please am now in ghana , u can call the usa imigration or embassy to check if they have my information. Thank u very much for helping me make my wishe come true. This is my contact +233 242870030 Hope to hear from u.

  12. mbonu mathers ugochukwu  March 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

    sir’ it is my dream to serve the u.s army with all my heart,but am not from usa,i need you people’s help,am a good citizen of nigeria,sir i will b greatful if my request is been granted.i will put in my best if the opportunity is been given to me.sir here is my contact.07032591431.God bless you sir.i respect usa.

  13. scott  March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    for all the non us citizens… enter the country legally, become a citizen, then try and join. If not, try serving your own country. perhaps they would not be in such despair if the natives would begin taking care of their own countries. If this is not actually the case, then use your head…do you actually believe that the United States is naive enough to allow a person from a hostile nation to join the ranks of its military. I figured that you idiots had atleast half a brain. obviously not.
    USN RETIRED….. dinks

  14. EG  March 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hi, I once tried to join the Air National Guard but my then partner would not let me. Now that I might be able to do it I think time has passed me by. I am 38 yrs old plus four months with an engineering bachelor degree. I am also almost completing my master in national security plus have a minimum secret clearance. Would I still had a chance in FL? Can you let me know? Thanks.

  15. bitches  April 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

    us army is awesome

  16. Nakia  April 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I am 36 years old what branch I qualify to enlist in? I really want to do this. I want to better myself for my children!

  17. Nakia  April 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    So I can join the Army, I am not 42 yet. I am 36 and I really want to join the Army!

  18. Hi speed  April 3, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Who’s ready to go to war? Who wants to get in the fight? Who wants the bullets to fly their way? Forget baisc training and AIT, the war is almost over. Where do you think that you will be sent = the fight. I have been deployed three times: Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq (Iraq). What do you think that you are really asking for? Don’t join unless you want to join the fight. Otherwise, realize that the American civilian is the only reason that the war continues today.

  19. Ashlee  April 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Ive actually have my ged… but after i recieved it , i found out that it was not an acredited school and it was no good do i need to take another ged test to join the milatary?

  20. Tena  April 17, 2012 at 7:07 am

    what is the oldest you can be to join the army

  21. Tena  April 17, 2012 at 7:28 am

    i wont to join so bad but need to know what the cut off age is

  22. Paul Will M  April 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Iam African and am dying to join the army,iwas wondering if iam eligibl e to apply.Is it only for Americans?

  23. fajinmi isaac tola  April 27, 2012 at 7:24 am

    how can someone join us army

  24. brian nsumba  April 29, 2012 at 1:05 am

    i want to join you

  25. Daniel Bosire  May 8, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I am 22 years of age and i love military so much and would like to searve in the army

  26. Tott  May 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

    So eager to join US army. Somebody help.

  27. Emmanuel  May 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Please I really want to want to join the US Army but I am resident not in America. I am 24 years of age, please what do I do

  28. asare  May 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    am not a us-citizen but would like to join the us army. i have all the requirement. please help me

  29. Michael Osei Adarkwah  June 2, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I am 23 years of age,and love to join U.S Army.pls what should I do?pls I want you to help me, you can chaek my name on facebook.

  30. Fidel Soria Torres  June 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I ‘m 30 years old and I would like to join the us army

  31. Aneni Basikiti  June 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I would like to serve in the army in 2013 but end of 2013

  32. Aneni Basikiti  June 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    So what should i do

  33. jose  June 21, 2012 at 5:34 am

    hi i would like to join the army but would it matter if i got a durty racord?

  34. Cliffstrails  June 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Has there been a new age requirement for US Army? what about the navy and airforce? It just keeps on changing and I am 39 already. I just wanted to see where my age will more likely fall in.

  35. Daphnee Boisrond  July 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    my name is daphnee,i love army i would like to be a part of us army but im not resident yet what can i do? it is imposible to enter in it?

  36. Brandon Lewis  July 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    my name is brandon and im 34..35 in august. seems im screwed here cause its looking like my age is hurting me. I want to travel. I wanna be part of something that REALLY matters. Can i still achieve this?

  37. genevieve  August 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I am 35 years old I can still join an army…

  38. Omar Naaman  August 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I’m serving under the ‘reserve for the armed forces’ in Kenya and am intrested in joining the USArmy,how do I join it?

  39. blackthorn  August 31, 2012 at 1:21 am

    how does one get into the US army! especially non residents?

  40. opoku frank  September 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    dear sir i am 18 years and i want to join please help me out. this is my contact +233242976260. i hope i will hear from you thank you.

  41. opoku frank  September 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    with a high school certificate.

  42. jerry whitfield  September 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    i wish the age requirements were a little higher im a 38 year old male in very good shape and wishing i could serve my country i guess i feel that its not equal oppurtunity employer i dont know but its a little discriminative of age you should be able to join if you could pass the physical and mental requirements

  43. Denis muoki  September 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Am working in Kenya prisons.I would like to join US army.what is the procedure.

  44. JUSTICE D WEDZI  September 9, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Hi Officer,
    It seems my childhood dream to serve in the united states army will be disappointed by my age. I am about 42yrs of age and came to the country a year ago, on green card bases. I was an environmental health officer in Ghana before coming here. I am an athlete as well and love physical activities. Please it is my wish that age will be increased to 42yrs. At this age, most of us are experienced and strong to approach the profession with our life experiences.I hold an associate degreein environmental health. Please we are waiting and looking forward to the probable increase in age to let my dream or our dreams come true. Thank you and long live America, long live the united states army, GOD BLESS.

  45. Herewego  September 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Well just got back from recruiters and Army only take up to age 35 now..thats reserves & active duty..Navy however will tak you up to age 39 reserves & active..good luck mybe Ill see ya there.

  46. cecil  October 23, 2012 at 3:14 am

    i want to join the us army but am from ghana. how can i join

  47. daji olaniyi micheal  October 25, 2012 at 4:12 am

    i like us army so much.i who to join

  48. Manny  November 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Well I too am a fossil I’m 36, (well at least by most military standards) and I am looking to not only better myself but change the dynamic of my life.
    I tried to join the national guard last year and apparently just missed it, but I see there might be other options available to a guy like me.
    I am currently in school for my associates and in two more semesters I’ll be done, after that I need to have a long term plan that going to take me somewhere…

    I can’t say my life been a waste…. I accomplished a lot for family just out of sheer will of trying and took the leadership role when I had to. but now I want concrete direction because I believe this is something I always wanted… but was just so caught up with saving others I neglected to save myself… or maybe just didn’t realize I needed too.

    Anyway if there’s a solider spirit in you, you won’t give up so just keep fighting for that path. Keep in mind that there are other areas within Gov’t worth considering too if your really want to be a part of something bigger than one self and means something.

    Well good luck folks

  49. jennifer  November 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I would love to join the air force I’m 40 just missed the deadline the should up the age on all of them to 45 this sucks cause u can’t join if your in your 40 we should be able to join and serve our country up yo the age of 45

  50. kim  November 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    can a person with drug charges join

  51. visit  December 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Seriously stimulating blog post – cheers!

  52. EAIDOO  December 28, 2012 at 5:31 am

    can someone out side US join

  53. BRIK  January 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Can international people out of the USA ,have the ability to join the Us-army.

  54. Gladstone  January 10, 2013 at 6:26 am

    i just want to join us army

  55. Universal Amponsah-Ntsiful  January 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I am a legal resident in US with immigrant visa DV1 and a Black-African American. I have applied online. I am 31 yrs. and have completed high school, college and graduate school as well. How, when and where will I get a recruiter to assist me so that can pass through all the process for my dream, wishes and aspirations to be realized in good faith ?

  56. Universal Amponsah-Ntsiful  January 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Please when will the ASVAB take place? I love to join the Arm

  57. Ed P.  January 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I know i have passed the maximum age limit for joining the Reserves, but I heard that they do make exceptions from time to time depending on certain skills. I have a Bachelors degree in Business and alot of years experience in management and administrative fields. Who would I talk to about this?

  58. clarkson  February 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    i want to join us army please help me.

  59. Sheila  February 18, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I wish the age limit was 45 or 46. I am 45 and would like to enlist in the Army. Is there an age limit in the Army reserves? I took the asvab many years ago but things at home wouldn’t allow me to go.

  60. laynee  March 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve been reading these posts and the main thing that is absolutely.killing me is the number of people who are complaining about the age requirements…all you 30 & 40 somethings who have this incredible desire to join the military,,,,,where were you all 20yrs ago?…come on ppl!….it’s a fact that our bodies are not the same as they were in our 20s no matter how we look or feel…complaining isn’t going to change the requirements ….also,,,,for all you non citizens,,,duh!,,you must be a US citizen to join OUR military!…stop asking questions that are easily answered by just reading….it’s all written pretty plain and clear…..

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  64. Kawana  May 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Ok, so the Iraq war ended… I missed the boat on this war but however know this… I want to join the army and I grant you if there was another war I’d still sign up without a second thought…by the way I was way too young to enlist anyway when the war in Iraq started (unless you want 12 year old attending middle school at the time fighting a war)…I’m not in it for some shining fame of glory or to show off like some are. I’m in it for family tradition that dates as far back as the “revolutionary war” My purpose is to serve the American homeland and people. I’m 24 and I’m done with college I want more of a challenge in my life, I get bored easily.

  65. Randolph  October 22, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Hi, I have 35 years old and I will like to join the army reserve but now the maximum age is 34. Do you know if in the future tha maximum age can be raise

  66. Louis Carnegie  January 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I’m living in Haiti,i have a us visa and my father is a US citizen and he has also file for me for my residence in USA;i want to know if i must to wait for the immigration before to join the Us Army.I will have 34 old year in March 24,2014.
    Thanks a lot!

  67. larryf  February 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Hi Louis, thank you for the desire to serve your country! First, you’re almost 34… all to say, whatever you decide to do you need to do it NOW! THERE ARE AGE LIMITS RELATIVE TO EACH MILITARY BRANCH. Secondly, you need to contact your designated branch military recruiter. The easiest may be to google your military branch of interest (i.e. army, navy, marines, national guard, etc.) along with your city. Then call your recruiter. Do this now due to the age limits. My best, Larry F.

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  69. Mitchell  July 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for finally talking about > Army & National Guard 2012 Age Requirements Enlistment; Liked it!

  70. larryf  July 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

    You’re welcome! Army offers great careers as do the Navy.

  71. Tom  October 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Hi! Am interested in joining the US Army but I could not get hold of an Army Recruiter since am not a US resident and none of state listed is my choice. How would I be able to get hold of a recruiter when am not a US resident? Awaiting your assistance.

  72. peter Joseph Stafford Jr.  December 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I am 46 years young,and the biggest mistake I made in life was not joining the service. I would love to have the opportunity to do so even today,my father and grandfather both served n would like a shot at it no matter what the job maybe for me,reserves definitely,just want to die someday knowing I did my duty n earned my freedom and did my part giving all pop resent n future us citizen the opportunity to live in our country free!!!!any feedback would b greatly appreciated,god bless united States of America and all who serve!!!

  73. Patricia Moore  January 22, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I am 54. I have 6 years prior active duty service, and 2 years national guard duty. According to what I have read, calculating age/time service, I am still not eligible to re-enlist. Is that correct? If so, can you provide me with some web links/contacts that assist veterans in job placement/continued education? Thank you.

  74. larryf  January 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Patricia, there are waivers but to know for absolutely sure, you need to call your National Guard recruiter. Good luck!

  75. nana Kwasi  July 17, 2017 at 7:22 am

    please I am Ghanaian and I have a five years US visa,but do not have I green card,can I join the army?

  76. Jameyson MacDonald  July 27, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I’m 45 years old and have a felony conviction from 1991, but I am in awesome physical condition, with no health problems. I can bench press 260lbs, squat close to 300lbs, frequently do high intensity workouts and have pretty extensive skills in wilderness survival and bushcraft.

    I would love to join the military and serve my country in any way possible. I know my age and background may pose problems, but I am patriotic and genuinely believe I have a lot to offer. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  77. larryf  August 3, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Jameyson, we’re not a government agency nor the military, I would urge you to contact your desired military branch recruiter. Best of luck, thank you for your interest. Larry

  78. Moise  January 18, 2018 at 6:15 am


    My name is Moise and I’ m a green card holder. I ‘m about to turn 36 this year in December and I would like to join the army reserve.
    my contact 214-466.3793

  79. larryf  January 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Hey Moise, find your local Army recruiter here. Thanks.

  80. Alex  May 24, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Hi Larry! I’m Alex and I live in France. I really appreciate your Country and your culture, never been in America.
    I would like to join the US Army because I’ve the military experience 8 years of French Legion Foreign. Maybe you have opportunity to realize my dream. I’m 30 years old.
    Thank you ! My best regards

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