Joining the Army with a GED
You can join the Army as an enlisted soldier after passing the General Education Development (GED) test. However, for you to enlist, there must be basic training slots available for recruits with only a GED.
If there are no vacancies in the training program, you must complete 15 semester hours of college coursework in classes at the 100 level or higher before you can enlist at the high school graduation level.
Preparing for the GED
GED tests are available to individuals 18 years of age or older who haven't completed high school. Students who are 17 (the minimum age for Army enlistment) can also sit for the exam after meeting additional requirements, which usually include parental consent and official withdrawal from school.
After signing up for the test, you can prepare for each section of the GED with the help of Study.com's mobile-friendly training courses, video lessons and assessment tools. The GED Study Guide includes more than 1,300 lessons covering all four sections of the GED exam. Courses focusing on each test section are also available:
- GED Math: Algebra, Geometry & Arithmetic
- GED Science: Life, Physical and Chemical
- GED Social Studies: History, Geography, Economics & Civics
- GED Language Arts Part I: Reading
- GED Language Arts Part II: Writing
Other Testing Requirements
In addition to earning a GED, you must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and score 31 or higher before becoming an enlisted soldier. This multiple-choice exam assesses whether or not a person has the cognitive ability to serve in the Army and helps ascertain the occupations in which he or she is most likely to excel.
The ASVAB covers subjects ranging from arithmetic reasoning and paragraph comprehension to general science and electronics. You can get a refresher on these and other topics covered on the exam by checking out Study.com's ASVAB Practice & Study Guide course. There's also an ASVAB math test prep resource specially designed to help you brush up on your arithmetic, algebra and geometry knowledge.
To take the ASVAB, contact your local recruiter or academic advisor.