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To be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 17 and 35.
To be a United States citizen is an aspiration that thousands of people hold. It means acceptance into society, which is comprised of your fellow citizens. The U.S. Army offers a service for U.S. citizens between the ages of 17 and 35 who want to serve their country in the military. Volunteering with your local AAFES is encouraged, but as a way to become an American citizen, and thus eligible for many benefits, you’ll need to take a test given at your local recruiter office.
For those who desire to join the United States military as an officer or enlisted member and earn citizenship privileges like: a green card, residency privilege and permanent resident status, we suggest you complete the Military-to-Citizen Legacy Program (MCLP). This program will assist you with becoming an American citizen by providing you with the necessary formalities required for naturalization upon completion of one year active duty service before your expiration date and after the time has elapsed during which you are in the reserves. The MCLP does not require that you have served five years in either branch of the military or time in reserve components, though such service may be helpful if preparing for possible future deployment.
To be medically fit as determined by a thorough medical exam.
The Army maintains a comprehensive medical program that is designed to identify, assess and evaluate personnel who are medically qualified for active service. Medical evaluation procedures are based on the findings of physical examination, laboratory and other clinical diagnostic, pathological evaluations, immunological reactions and psychological tests. This includes having current valid vaccinations and being a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, with no service-related disabilities, which are not related to physical impairments.
You must meet minimum height and weight standards.
While most of the requirements to join the Army are physical, height and weight standards are important when trying to get into a boot camp or if you want to enlist. You must meet minimum height and weight standards if you want to join the United States Army. The cutoff standard varies by branch, but is typically between 5′ 9″ and 6 foot. Other requirements include a high school diploma or GED, two years of high school physical education or military science training (depending on branch), excellent vision, no tattoos/marks/scars that can’t be covered with appropriate clothing, and no uncontrolled diabetes.
You must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Applicants for the U.S. Army must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, as well as be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties required of them. All soldiers must be U.S. citizens, at least 17 years of age (for male applicants), and unmarried at time of application (pregnant women who are continuing with their pregnancy are not eligible). Prospective applicants should be prepared for the extensive testing, background checks, physical and medical evaluations that will be done before you receive your acceptance letter.
Being in the army is not just a career, it is a lifestyle.
What does it mean to be in the army?
There are many reasons why an individual joins the army and once they have decided to enlist, they have made their decision. However, this does not mean that being in the army is always easy. There are times when these soldiers face situations which cause them difficulties and conflict with the fact that war does not concern only those on the ground fighting but also those who are away from home. While you may have your own views on the military, one of the best aspects about being an active member of the armed forces is that it offers you all kinds of opportunities to experience new things and broaden your horizons.