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.
  • Your earning potential will be higher with a GED.

If you want to enlist in the Army but don't have a high school diploma, then you need to get your GED (and maybe college credits). Getting your GED is not difficult, but mistakes can cost you time and money, so make sure to follow the steps below to get it done as efficiently as possible!

The first step is to find out requirements for taking the GED test in your area. While requirements differ from state-to-state, the follow requirements are universal:

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You should NOT be enrolled in high school or have a diploma from any secondary school

For requirements for your individual state, you can visit the Jurisdiction Testing Policies on the American Council for Education (ACE) website.

Policies vary between states, so make sure to check out the requirements BEFORE signing up for a test. Some states require registration and retesting fees, some require you to take preparatory courses or the Official Practice Exam.

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