The basic qualifications for enlistment in the U.S. Army include:
- being from 17 to 34 years old
- be a U.S. citizen or resident alien, (must have the I-551)
- have a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a GED)
- be single with no children or married with 2 or less children
- pass the ASVAB test and
- pass the physical
You should also not be undergoing any civil actions; certain law violations will disqualify you.
You are not required to have a High School Diploma.
Basic Pay is the fundamental component of military pay. All members receive it and typically it is the largest component of a member’s pay. A member’s grade (usually the same as rank) and years of service determines the amount of basic pay received.
Active duty service members are paid twice per month, on the 1st and the 15th of each month. The charts below show MONTHLY pay, therefore, you would receive 1/2 of this on each payday.
The U.S. Army can be an exciting career or a great place to prepare for your career after the military. The U.S. Army provides training throughout your enlistment to prepare you for your job. The U.S. Army provides both Full Time (Active Duty) and Part Time (Reserves) opportunities. You can also get a head start on your U.S. Army career in the ROTC.
There are many benefits to becoming a Soldier in the U.S. Army, including programs to help with your college education now and in the future. Programs include:
- Army College Fund (ACF)
- College Loan Repayment Program
- Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
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