You must be 17 to 34 years old. If you are not yet 18, you must have parental or guardian consent.
You must be a U.S. citizen.
You may also enlist if you entered the U.S. on a permanent residence visa or have an Alien Registration Green Card. If this is the case you must have established a bona fide residence and a home of record in the U.S. To verify eligibility contact your local recruiter.
Normally the Navy will not allow you to enlist if you have more than two dependants under the age of 18. You can contact your local recruiter for more specific details.
If you are a single parent, contact your local recruiter to see how you can enlist in the Navy.
In some cases, you must prove that you can meet your current financial obligations.
For the most part, you must have a high school diploma or something equivalent such as a GED. Contact your local recruiter for specific questions.
The Navy has a zero tolerance drug/alcohol policy. Early in the enlistment process, you will take two drug tests. You will also be asked questions about prior drug and alcohol use. The most important thing in this process is honesty.
The Navy also applies medical, legal, and character standards to your application, including traffic offense history, criminal history, citizenship status, and more.