Dependent Restrictions

As you can see below, the dependent restrictions can be complicated. If you have a specific question about your dependents, you should fill out this form and click the Submit button to have someone contact you to discuss your specific case.

You meet dependency requirements if you are:

  • Without a spouse and with no dependents.
  • Married and, in addition to your spouse, have two or fewer dependents.
  • Without a spouse and do not have custody of any dependents.
  • Without a spouse and required to pay child support for two or fewer dependents by court order.

You do NOT meet dependency requirements if:

  • You are married and in addition to your spouse you have three dependents under the age of 18. (Recruiting battalion commander may consider waiver.)
  • You are married and addition to your spouse have two dependents under the age of 18 and wife is expecting additional children. (Recruiting battalion commander may consider waiver.)
  • You are married and in addition to your spouse, have four or more dependents under the age of 18. (CG, USAREC may consider waiver.)
  • You are married, enlisting in the grade of E–4, and in addition to your spouse, have three or more dependents or are required by court order to pay child support for three or more dependents under the age of 18. (Recruiting battalion commander may consider waiver.)
  • You and your spouse are processing as a husband and wife team and have one or more dependents under the age of 18. (Waiver will not be considered.)
  • You have a spouse currently on active duty or who is a member of a RC (excluding IRR) of the U.S. Armed Forces and have a dependent less than the age of 18. One service member must have completed IADT. (CG, USAREC may consider waiver.)
  • You are without a spouse and have custody of at least one dependent under the age of 18. (Waiver will not be considered.)
  • You are without a spouse and are required by court order to pay child support for three dependents. (Recruiting battalion commander may consider waiver.)
  • You are without a spouse and are required by court order to pay child support for more than three dependents. (CG, USAREC may consider waiver.)
  • You are married and required by court order to pay child support for one or more dependents from previous marriage or relationship and when added to dependents of your current marriage, in addition to your spouse, have three dependents under the age of 18. (Recruiting battalion commander may consider waiver.)
  • You are married and required by court order to pay child support for one or more dependents from a previous marriage or relationship and when added to dependents of your current marriage, in addition to your spouse, have more than three dependents under the age of 18. (CG, USAREC may consider waiver.)
  • You or your spouse have custody of/or are required by court order to pay child support for one or more dependents prior to your current marriage and when added to your dependents of current marriage, in addition to your spouse, have three dependents under the age of 18. (Recruiting battalion commander may consider waiver.)
  • You or your spouse have custody of/or pay child support for one or more dependents prior to your current marriage and when added to total dependents from your current marriage, in addition to your spouse, have more than three dependents under the age of 18. (CG, USAREC may consider waiver.)

You are considered to be "without a spouse" if:

  • A civil court has not recognized common law marriage.
  • Your former spouse is incarcerated.
  • Your former spouse is deceased.
  • Your former spouse has deserted you.
  • Your former spouse is legally or by mutual consent separated from you.
  • You or your spouse has filed for divorce.

For the purpose of your enlistment, the term “dependent” includes:

  • A spouse
  • An unmarried, adopted, or stepchild under the age of 18 living with you
  • An unmarried natural child of yours under the age of 18
  • Any person living with you who is, by law or in fact, dependent upon you for support; or not living with you and dependent upon you for over one-half of his or her support
  • Any person for whom you are responsible for his or her financial or custodial care
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