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Do you have to finish high school to join the army?

I been wanting to join the army but haven’t finished high school is it possible and does the army help you in any way finish it?

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Ryan’s Answer

Hi Junny,

In most cases, finishing high school or obtaining a high school equivalent, such as a GED, is a requirement for enlisting in the army. Military organizations typically value education and the skills developed during high school, such as discipline, critical thinking, and teamwork. These skills are crucial for success in the various roles and responsibilities you would encounter in the military.

That said, some armed forces might offer programs or opportunities for individuals who have not yet completed high school. These programs can help you finish your high school education while serving, or even provide educational assistance after your service.

I suggest you contact a local army recruiter, visit their official websites, or talk to people who have served to better understand the enlistment process and the educational requirements. This information will help you determine the best path forward and ensure that you are prepared to embark on a military career if you choose to do so.

I recommend finishing high school or equivalent if you join the Army or not. If you do, just know that the more education you have presents more options within the Army and in the civilian world.
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Kim’s Answer

You may be able to join the Army Nat'l Guard prior to finishing HS.

BUT, all military work requires the ability to learn, AND the determination to never give up. Quitting is seen as a sign of weakness, so, unless there is a super-compelling reason driving you in this direction, I strongly recommend you do a u-turn and finish the job you set out to do - graduate HS. Whatever obstacles there may be, talk to a counselor.

While a GED is usually considered a "high school equivalency," not all jobs recognize it as such, and, some will not accept you without actually graduating HS.

Please, try super-hard to graduate! We are behind you!
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Rich’s Answer

Yes, you need to have finished high school or get a GED. The army briefly opened recruiting to people without a HS diploma last summer and within a week changed their policy back. Unlike what we are seeing Russia do in the Ukraine sending untrained soldiers in a s cannon fodder, in the US Army even basic infantry soldiers operate and maintain high tech equipment so education will continue to be important throughout a career

A career in the Army or any of the services is hard work. Enjoy your remaining time in high school and use that time to get in the best physical condition you can. Good Luck
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Mark’s Answer

Times have changed since my day.
I joined the Services under the DEP program. Delayed Entry Program. In 1983 I was 16 & my dad signed for me. How it worked then was I went to Boot( Basic Training-US NAVY) between my Junior & Senior year of high School. Once I turned 17 & had enough credits to get my High School Diploma I shipped out. In my case, like a lot of us, I did 1 semester then I was gone. Did not go to High School graduation. My school mailed my diploma to my parents.
Those days are long gone.
I spent over 17 years in the Services-USA, USN,ARNG -before receiving a Honorable under medical discharge.
It's an Honor to service in any capacity. Be it Active, Reserve, National Guard.
The skills you have the opportunity to be taught are almost endless, the other opportunities to see & do things that so few ever will is mind blowing.
Many employers in the world (civilian population) will ask if you ever served. Often they will give a priority in hiring to a honorably discharged Service member and or a currently serving National Guard member.
Be Warned: If a discharge is not honorable they will turn a person away entirely or be hesitant to hire. Get a dishonorable discharge(worst you can get) & bluntly put- your life is over. With said you can not ever work for any employer that services any government agency. To Wit: Mc Donald's as they provide services to Military bases.
Even the Big Chicken Dinner ( Bad Conduct Discharge) will hinder future civilian employment.
It's a hard but rewarding profession.
Good Luck, Fair Winds & Calm Sea's.
Screaming Eagles all the Way.
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Aisha’s Answer

The following are the basic requirements for enlisting:
You must be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien.
Be between the ages of 17-34. ...
Have a high school diploma.
Have no more than two dependents.
Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
Pass a Military Entrance Processing Station medical exam.
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