Can I Join The Army?

For the very latest information, especially policies on waivers, you should fill out Military Occupational Specialties or MOS) you can apply for.

Disqualifiers
Drug use, alcohol abuse, recent repeated criminal offenses, and any violent sexual criminal convictions will prevent your enlistment.
Physical and Health
  • You must pass a physical exam.
  • Women are not allowed to serve in combat jobs.
  • Some medical conditions that you had in the past but not in years (such as asthma when you were a kid) may be waived.
  • Pass the Height/Weight and Body Fat standards. If you are overweight but can qualify otherwise, the Army may still allow you to join through the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength program. But you WILL have to lose the weight and keep it off.

Fill out this form to have someone contact you to answer any questions you may have about your specific physical and health situation.

Legal and Moral
You will be required to document every infraction you have ever had. A couple of parking or speeding tickets are probably no big deal. More serious traffic offenses and misdemeanors can receive a moral waiver if you can convince someone that your life of crime is done. Felonies will not receive a waiver.
Dependent Restrictions
You are qualified if you have never been married and have no other dependents OR are married with two or fewer children or dependents. If you have more dependents than that or questions about your situation, check the Dependent Restrictions page for more details.
Bonuses and Incentives
There are many bonuses and Incentives you may be eligible for if you successfully join and serve in the US Army. Click the link for this section to find out some of the enlistment possibilities available to recruits.

IMPORTANT: Most of our information comes from Army Regulation 601-210, Active and Reserve Components Enlistment Program, Effective 12 March, 2013. We try to keep this information current with recent changes. However, what is posted here should be used only as a guideline. Your best source for current information will always be a US Army recruiter. Fill in this form to have someone contact you.

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