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Can Homeschoolers Enlist in the Military?

Updated
March 19, 2014

Yes, homeschoolers can enlist in the military as Tier I enlistees on the same terms as any other high school graduate. Since 1998 HSLDA has fought for full equality for homeschool graduates who wish to enlist in the armed forces. In 2013, legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president eliminating the final problems faced by homeschool graduates seeking to enlist. The Department of Defense implemented these new changes in 2014.

Do Homeschoolers Experience any Problems Enlisting in the Military?

The recent legislation passed by Congress and the accompanying Department of Defense policy have eliminated all past problems facing homeschool graduates who wish to enlist. 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.

Homeschool graduates will need to have a homeschool high school diploma issued by the graduate’s parent or guardian. We strongly recommend that you do not have your homeschool graduate obtain a GED in order to enlist, because the military has almost completely eliminated GED holders from enlisting in the Armed Forces.

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

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