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Can Homeschoolers Enlist in the Military?

April 26, 2013

Yes, homeschoolers can enlist in the military as Tier I enlistees if they score 50 on the AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test). This is due to recent legislation spearheaded by HSLDA that was signed into law in December 2011. The Pentagon implemented the law into its current enlistment policy in June 2012 and issued final guidance in March, 2013.

HSLDA continues to work with Congress and the Department of Defense to improve the current policy, as homeschoolers who score below 50 on the AFQT are classified as Tier 2 candidates and generally denied entry into the military. You can read about this online.

Do Homeschoolers Experience any Problems Enlisting in the Military?

The recent legislation passed by Congress and the accompanying Department of Defense policy have dramatically improved homeschoolers’ ability to enlist without major problems. If a homeschool graduate scores 50 or higher on the AFQT (as well as passes the regular physical test like all enlistees), he or she should have no problem enlisting. In the few cases where recruiters are confused about the Department of Defense’s policy towards homeschoolers, HSLDA can help by clarifying the policy to the recruiter and affirming that a student is eligible to enlist under the new policy.

Under no circumstances should you have your homeschool graduate obtain a GED in order to enlist, because the military will use this to automatically place your child as a Tier 2 enlistee.

Please read this article to find the requirements for a homeschool graduate enlisting in the military.

 Related HSLDA Articles

New Changes to Military Enlistment for Homeschool Graduates
April 26, 2013

Pentagon Changes Homeschool Enlistment but HSLDA Isn’t Ready to Salute
August 30, 2012

Army National Guard Opens Doors to Homeschoolers
December 15, 2008

Homeschoolers Returned to Tier 1
July 3, 2007

U.S. Marine Corps Opens Doors to Graduates
March 26, 2007

Issue Analysis: Military Recruitment of Homeschoolers
March 2006

Homeschool Graduates Enlisting in Military Protected by New Law
February 2, 2006

Homeschool Graduates Now Considered “Preferred Enlistees” in All Four Branches
December 13, 2005

Army Opens Doors Wide to Homeschool Graduates
March 25, 2005

Homeschoolers Continue to Excel in the Military
August 2, 2004

Homeschooler Awarded Bronze Star with Valor
August 11, 2003

 Helpful Reading from Outside Sources

Basic Facts on the ROTC Program

U.S. Army Bonuses for Homeschool Grads

HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru Highschool Resources

Joining the National Guard
The official brochure in PDF form

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

U.S. Naval Academy Admissions Page

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Admissions Page

U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions Page

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admissions Page

Information on the Army’s Bonuses and College Funds for Homeschool Grads
May 24, 2005

Washington Times Op—Ed: “Military Levels Playing Field for Recruits”
April 11, 2005

Enlisting Help
November 30, 2011

E—lert on the Military’s Homeschool Policy
March 1, 2007

Court Report: “How do Homeschool Grads Join the Military?”
March/April 2002

2000 Pilot Program on Allowing Homeschoolers Tier 1 Enlistment
December 4, 2000

1999 Letter from the Assistant Secretary of Defense to Senator Coverdell
January 12, 1999

Letter from Senator Coverdell to the Assistant Secretary of Defense
December 15, 1998

1998: U.S. Service Academies Accepting Homeschoolers
November 4, 1998