|U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident (With Exceptions)||Birth Certificate|
|Between the ages of 17-42||Social Security Card|
|High School Diploma/GED||State ID/Driver's License|
|Minimum score of 31 on the ASVAB||High School Diploma/GED|
|Pass the medical exam at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station)||High school transcripts showing at least 70% completion|
|Meet the physical, mental, and moral standards of the military||(Note not all documents listed are necessary depending on the situation)|
Recruits go to basic training (also known as recruit training or bootcamp) to be physically and mentally conditioned as well as learn essential knowledge and skills. Recruits are trained by senior enlisted personnel in groups of 35 to 80. Daily routines are rigorous. Most days start at 5 a.m. and last until 9 p.m. and include classes, meals, athletics, and field training. Little free time is available and travel is limited while at basic training. Vacation time is authorized after the recruit has completed basic training and enters advanced training. As a soldier, sailor, airman, etc, you are given 30 days of paid-time-off per year that can be earned back or cashed in at the year's conclusion.
Enlisted personnel can progress through nine pay grades during their careers. Each service sets minimum standards for the length of service and time required in a pay grade before being eligible for a promotion to the next higher one. A recruit in the DEP(Delayed Entry Program) is able to make rank E-3 before they leave for basic training following efforts that vary by branch. Factors for promotion include:
- Length of service
- Time in present pay grade
- Job performance
- Leadership ability
- Awards or commendations
- Job specialty
Enlisted personnel in the Army, Navy, and Marines can apply to become warrant officers, who are the technical experts in the military. They are generally selected from active-duty enlisted personnel in a competitive selection process and receive specialized advanced training in their technical area. Each service also has programs that allow selected enlisted personnel to become commissioned officers.