On the Fence About Getting a GED? It's a Must -- And Here's Why

If you haven't finished high school and are considering getting a GED, the benefits of getting your high school diploma equivalent far outweigh the time involved in achieving this goal. A high school diploma or equivalent is really essential in today's world, and can often make the difference in terms of your military prospects, employment, job security, positive self image and more. Read on for the most important reasons why getting your GED is a must -- not an option.

A high school diploma or GED is required to enlist in the Army.

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So You Need Your GED?

If you don't have a high school diploma, getting your GED is a great way to improve both your career and your life. If you're on the fence, you can check out this article, which gives you a long list of reasons, but here are just a few:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required to enlist in the Army.
  • Your employment prospects will be better with a GED.

What to Do Before Basic

There are several skills and nuggets of knowledge that would prove helpful to already know before going to basic combat training (BCT):


Technically to join the US Army all you need is:

  • Be able to read, write, and speak sufficient English to understand the oath of enlistment and the pre-enlistment interview.
  • Score high enough to qualify for the MOS (job) you are enlisting for.

BUT, to meet these requirements you will need a high school diploma or equivalent.

At this time, the US Army is usually only accepting recruits with a diploma or GED along with, at least, 15 college credits (in classes numbered 101 or higher). You aren't likely eligible to join the US Army without a GED.

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