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Military Recruitment Process

What is a Military Recruitment?

A military recruitment is when someone from the military tries requesting people, normally adult males to join the military voluntarily. Many countries that have stopped involuntary admittance use military recruiters to often times persuade people to join, and sometimes that is at an early age. To make this kind of process easier, militaries have set up recruiting commands. These recruiting commands are mainly responsible for increasing the military enlistment. Below are many of the top Military Recruitment questions that have been answered by Experts.

What are the military recruitment requirements?

Military departments have the authority to reject anyone for any reason that seems appropriate. The military doesn’t just accept anyone that wants to join. Under current Federal laws and regulations a person must be qualified and/or they must receive an approved waiver for which ever condition that makes them disqualified. Below are some of the requirements in order to be recruited into the military:

Age- minimum age with parental consent is 17, without parental consent is18. Maximum age is 35.
Citizenship- must be a US citizen or be a legal permanent immigrant, physically living in the United States and have a legal green card.
Number of Dependents –must provide sufficient financial support for their dependents.
Credit and Finances- Unpaid loans that are overdue and/or in collection those people can be denied for enlistment until the problem is resolved, and a history of bad credit.
Single Parents- Single parents will be denied when trying to enlist into the military, unless enlisting in the Army National Guard, which they must have an approved waiver.
Married to Military members- normally can enlist without a waiver, as long as there are no children in the household.
Education- Tier I must have high school diploma or at least 15 college credits. Tier II can include GED, home study, certificate of attendance, alternative high school, and occupational program certificates. Tier III those who are not attending high school or those who have no high school diploma.
Drug/alcohol involvement- The US Military will not overlook illegal use of drugs nor alcohol.
Criminal history- in the United States Military there is no such thing as a sealed case or an expunged record. Recruiting services have access to law enforcement and FBI records.
Sexual Preference- The “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law was revoked in September 2011. As of November 2011 there are no bans against homosexuals that openly serve in the Military. Homosexuals can serve in the military, but they cannot engage in any homosexual conduct, nor can they state their sexual preference.
Height/Weight Standards- Height for males is 58-78 inches, females 58-72 inches. As for weight many services don’t have weight standards, they have body fat standards. The fat body standards vary from service to service.
Medical Physical- to qualify for enlistment in the United States Military, the person must go to Military Entrance Processing Station and pass medical physical.
Miscellaneous Provisions

If I have started the recruitment process over two years ago but never completed it, will my file still be active?

Most generally, you would need to start over. The Military will need to be notified of any new information and have you swear to it now. The Military does keep records of everything, but many tests have a limit of them such as the ASVAB. After two years the ASVAB will need to be re-taken.

If someone is not a United States citizen can they receive a waiver to recruit into the Military?

There is no type of waiver someone can receive if they are not a United States citizen. Although, this person can enlist once they receive a resident status, such as a green card.

Can someone be recruited into the Army if they have body piercings?

Stated from the PDF on page 9 about body piercings:

c. When on any Army installation or other places under Army control, soldiers may not attach, affix, or display objects, articles, jewelry, or ornamentation to or through the skin while they are in uniform, in civilian clothes on duty, or in civilian clothes off duty. The only exception is for female soldiers, female soldiers can wear earrings.

When the term “skin” is used it is not confines to only external skin, it also includes the tongue, lips, inside the mouth and other surfaces of the body that is not completely visible.

When wanting to be recruited into the army, navy, air force or other military services, there can be many questions that can arise on what kind of requirements and regulations need to be met. When feeling like you don’t have all the information you need to fully understand these laws and requirements, contact legal Experts.

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