Just like another other graduate, some homeschoolers will choose the military as an option to pursue after high school. The question is “Can a homeschool graduate enter the military?” The answer is “Absolutely!”
What are the requirements for joining the military?
In order to join a branch of the military, a homeschool graduate must have a comprehensive and detailed transcript that meets the educational and legal requirements set forth by the state in which the graduate lives. Additionally, the student must take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and receive a score of 50 or above. Because the score received on the ASVAB can determine the career path and enlistment bonus eligibility for a graduate, it is very important to prepare for the test by studying. It is also wise to locate practice tests online to use in preparation for taking the ASVAB. A student interested in joining the military should contact a recruiter to find the closest testing facility. Sometimes the test is administered at the recruiting station but that’s not always the case.
What can a student do to prepare for the military?
There are several military programs available in which homeschool students can participate. However, the inclusion of homeschool students to some of the following programs is determined on a case by case basis. The Army offers JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) and the Navy has a program called Sea Cadets. Students interested in the Marines can look into a Young Marines unit and the Air Force offers the Civil Air Patrol. Each of these programs instills valuable skills such as self-discipline, leadership, and teamwork. By participating in one of the aforementioned units, a student can build confidence, increase physical fitness, and develop abilities necessary for success. It is not a requirement to participate in any of these programs and by doing so a student is not committed to that branch of service or to the military.
The best source of information will be a local recruiter. Determine the branch of the military desired and visit a recruiter for that branch. Any questions or concerns will be addressed. By being prepared with transcripts and ensuring compliance with homeschool laws determined by the state of residence, a homeschool graduate has the same opportunity to a military career as his or her peers. For more information on homeschoolers and the military, check the LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com archives.