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How To Join The Air Force With A GED And Higher Rank- Tips From A Recruiter

Updated on December 27, 2012

Air Force Education Requirements-Tips To Enlist At A Higher Rank

Wanting to join the United States military is an honorable endeavor, and, if you are like other patriotic Americans who are considering enlisting then you also may be asking the question

“Can you join the Air Force with a GED?”

So, can you join the military with a GED?

The answer is yes. But, you will also need to meet other non-educational basic enlistment requirements as well. You should learn about the entire enlistment requirements before you head down to the nearest Air Force recruiting office. If you don’t, then you may get discouraged when you get there and discover that you don’t meet all the necessary requirements.

The United States Army’s enlistment requirements vary from year to year, depending on the demands of the Army to fill needed job slots. Similarly, the Air Force is much the same way, although, you need a high school diploma to have the best chances of getting the military job slot you want. So, how to join the Air Force without a high school diploma?

The United States Air Force requirements for enlistment does allow for a certain amount of enlistees to join the Air Force’s ranks that only have a GED. But, there are only a certain amount of these slots available per year. Only 2% of applicants are allowed to garner those GED slots, and those slots fill up quickly.

Can I join the Air Force if I don’t get one of these slots right away?

Yes, if you’re serious about joining the Air Force, then you may have to wait awhile until a ged slot opens up. Also, if you happen to get one of these slots, you will need to score higher on the ASVAB test, more than the minimum score to be considered for enlistment.

The minimum test score to be considered is 50 (check out my Tips on Passing the ASVAB), if you have a high school diploma. If you don’t have one, then you need at least a 65 score to be eligible for enlistment. There is a third option available. If you don’t have a high school diploma, but, you have earned a GED, then you need to have at least 15 college credits from an accredited school, and then you will only need to score 50 on the ASVAB test to be able to enlist.

Can I join the Air Force if I don’t have 15 college credits, and I can’t score higher than 65 on the ASVAB test?

Yes, just because you don’t have the 15 college credits that you need to score less than 65 on the ASVAB, right now, doesn’t mean you can’t earn them and then try to enlist later on. Actually, the more college credits you have, the better it is for you. Joining the Air Force with the right amount of college credits can get you an advanced rank. And, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a high school diploma either.

Whether you have, or don’t have a high school diploma, you can be eligible for an advanced enlistment rank, if you have enough college credits or JROTC training. If you have three years of high school JROTC, then you are eligible for E-3 upon enlistment. If you have at least 20 college credits, then you will receive E-2 rank upon enlistment. And, if you have 45 or more college credits from an accredited school, then you can expect to enter the Air Force at the rank of E-3.

So, can you join the Air Force with only a GED?

The answer is yes, but you must have the patience to wait for a slot to open, and then study hard before you take the ASVAB test.


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      Graciela Rivas 

      4 years ago

      Can i join usa airforce if i have my high school diploma from my country...Mexico ..

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      5 years ago

      can you join the airforce if you have your GED and 15 credits and you have a 47 on the asvab??


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