Those who wish to have a military opportunity for their students should look for classroom opportunities for their children including dual credit classes at junior colleges or college classes after graduation. Those who have taken this approach have had good success in military enlistment as long as the student had good scores on the ASVAB test. In a letter dated January 21, 2005, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense issued a memorandum to all branches of the military which states, “Home school diploma graduates… manifest favorable attributes such as reduced frequency of moral disqualification; as such they shall be afforded priority in enlistment programs such that no practical limit shall apply with regard to enlistment, provided the applicant is fully qualified for enlistment and is qualified in Armed Forces Qualification Test Categories I-IIIA.”

Read the full letter.

U.S. Navy Application

If you are trying to apply for the U.S. Navy, here’s what you should know:

  • The National Defense Reauthorization Act of 2014 states that when applying for the United States Navy home schoolers may not be required to achieve a higher score than traditionally schooled individuals on the ASVAB military aptitude test.
  • Applicants–whether home schooled or public schooled–are required to attain a score of 35 to pass.
  • Some officials have tried to enforce an older, discriminatory law that required home schoolers to score at least a 50–that policy is no longer in effect.

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