Can you join the Army at 50? What is the Army age limit? What is the minimum age to join the Army? These are some of the frequent questions many people ask regarding joining the U.S. Army.
The minimum age for enlistment in the Army is 17 years with parental consent or 18 years without parental consent.
Under federal law, the oldest recruit any military branch can enlist is 42. Even so, each branch of the U.S. military may set their own policy below that age limit for applicants seeking to enlist.
The maximum age for joining the Army is 35 years. However, depending on the level of your education, prior military skills or experience, you may still join the army even if you are beyond this age. In most cases, the decision is left to a recruiter who evaluates your situation and decides if you are eligible.
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Here are the age limits for different army personnel:
The maximum age for enlisted soldiers who want to join the army for active duty is 35 years.
The maximum age limit for Warrant Officer flight training is 32 years while that of Warrant Officer technical training is 46 years.
To enroll in Warrant Officer technical training, you need to have a rank of at least E-5, with 4-6 years experience in a skill closely associated with a WO (Warrant Officer) MOS (Military Occupational Specialties). You must also have at least 12 months remaining on your enlistment contract.
Aviation Warrant Officers do not require prior military service, but you must be between the ages of 17 and 32 at time of entry. After completing Warrant Officer flight training you have a 10 year service obligation.
For you to be an Army Officer, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree, and be between 18 and 32 years old (you must enter active duty or ship to training by your 33rd birthday and accept commission prior to age 34).
However, applicants with certain licenses or degrees can join the Army through their direct commissioning program with a maximum age limit of 42 years.
To join as a veterinarian, physician, or dentist, you need to have an advanced degree. For others such as chaplain, dietitian, occupational therapists, and nurse, a bachelor’s degree will be enough.
One thing to note is Chaplains require a graduate degree in theological or religious studies, at least 72 semester hours in graduate work, and two years ministry experience. For chaplains you need to be at least 21 years old and no older than 42.
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You can talk to your local recruiter to give you a list of jobs offered in the Army to check the ones you are eligible for.
Quick Reference Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the questions regarding the Army age limits we receive the most:
Can I join the Army at 45 years old?
Unfortunately, no. Under Federal law, the oldest a recruit can be to enter any branch of the military is 42 years old.
What are the requirements to join the US Army?
In order to join the Army, you need to be a US citizen or resident alien, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, be at least 17 years old, and meet certain physical / medical requirements. You’ll also have better chances if you have no criminal history,
Can you have tattoos in the Army?
Like the other military branches, tattoos are allowed, but must meet certain conditions. Learn more here.
Can a felon join the Army?
Depending on the type of felony conviction, it is possible to join the Army. Certain felonies, such as rape, murder, arson, extortion, and grand theft, are automatic disqualifiers.
Every branch of the military has a maximum age limit for applicants, yet the age limit can be flexible under certain situations and recruiters can possibly provide age waivers for different jobs.