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However, it's not easy. While you can enlist into any branch of the US armed forces without having a high school diploma, you must have a GED. In addition, you should be aware that only a small percentage of overall enlistees will be allowed entry in the military with only a GED each year.

The Air Force allows less than one percent of annual enlistments to be recruits without a high school diploma. The Marines have the next highest standards. No more than five percent of Marine recruits can be GED-holders. The Army allows no more than ten percent each year, and the Navy limits GED enlistments to no more than five to ten percent each year.

There are always many, many more GED-holders who want to enlist than there are available slots, so -- even to be considered -- a GED holder must score much higher on the ASVAB, than a high school diploma recruit.

However, if a recruit has 15 or more college credits, he/she is in the exact same enlistment category as a high school diploma holder.

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Most, if not all, the branches require you to be a graduate or have a GED. As for the underage, you have to be emancipated or a parent/legal gardian must sign to authorize. I was one week shy of 18 and had graduated from HS when I joined, and my Dad still had to sign on the dotted line...

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No, there are no US Military forces that accept non-graduates or those who do not have a GED.

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can u join the army with a high school equivelence deploma

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you only need GED.

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