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.
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.
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.
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.