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Medical Conditions That May Prevent You From Joining the Military

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Below you will find details from the Army's "Standards of Medical Fitness." These standards generally apply to all other branches as well. Remember that most of these conditions are NOT necessarily permanently disqualifying, but they are red flags! If you have had a medical complication at any time in your life that is mentioned here, then you need to tell your recruiter. They will tell you whether your condition can be waivered, or if it is ... more

ASVAB Scores and Military Occupational Specialties

Your ASVAB scores determine what jobs you will qualify for in the military. But before you embarrass yourself in front of active duty service members, know that a job in the Army and the Marine Corps is called an MOS, which is an acronym for Military Occupational Specialty. In the Air Force, jobs are called AFSC – Air Force Specialty Code. In the Navy and Coast Guard, jobs are called ratings, or rate for short. Check the links below to see whi... more

Air Force Height and Weight Standards

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Here are the Air Force weight requirements for joining (see the chart below). The weight requirements are exactly the same for males and females. The Air Force does not offer a weight reduction program. If you're over the maximum, it is up to you to get your weight down. Once you're in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), it is your responsibility to stay under your maximum weight. If you are over you will not ship to basic training. Note: Your w... more

Joining the Military: Settling into Your Routine

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Finally, just when you think you can't keep your eyes open any longer, your drill instructor will tell everyone to hit the rack. It's now 3 or 4 a.m. After the drill instructor shuts off the lights and leaves the room, don't waste time gossiping with your new squad-mates. Before you know it (around 5 a.m.), your drill instructor will come back in, yelling and screaming for everyone to get up, get dressed, and get their butts on the drill ... more

U.S. Army Weight Requirements

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Below is the Army's weight minimum and maximum allowable for recruits to enlist. It is broken down by height and then further in to age groups. Height will be measured in stocking feet on a flat surface with the chin parallel to the floor. The body should be straight but not rigid, similar to the position of attention. The measurement will be rounded to the nearest inch with the following guidelines: if the height fraction is less than 1/2 in... more

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One of the most important choices you will make when joining the military is what job you want to do. With hundreds of jobs to choose from, it can be very tough to narrow it down to just one. This section will give you some insight into many of the different jobs each service has to offer.

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