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US Army Age Limits

Can you join the Army at 50? What is the Army age limit? What is the minimum age to join the Army? These are some of the frequent questions many people ask regarding joining the U.S. Army.

The minimum age for enlistment in the Army is 17 years with parental consent or 18 years without parental consent.

Under federal law, the oldest recruit any military branch can enlist is 42. Even so, each branch of the U.S. military may set their own policy below that age limit for applicants seeking to enlist.

The maximum age for joining the Army is 34 years. However, depending on the level of your education, prior military skills or experience, you may still join the army even if you are beyond this age. In most cases, the decision is left to a recruiter who evaluates your situation and decides if you are eligible.

Related Article:  Age Limits For Each Branch of the Military

Here are the age limits for different army personnel:

Enlisted Soldiers

The maximum age for enlisted soldiers who want to join the army for active duty is 34 years. 

Warrant Officers

The maximum age limit for Warrant Officer flight training is 32 years while that of Warrant Officer technical training is 46 years. 

Between the two options, the more common path applicants choose is Warrant Officer flight training. While it does require prior service in the military, it does not demand that you have prior skills or training in avionics.

To enroll in Warrant Officer technical training, you need to have a rank of at least E-5, with 4-6 years experience in a skill closely associated with a WO (Warrant Officer) MOS (Military Occupational Specialties).

Army Officers

For you to be an Army Officer, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree, and be between 19 and 32 years old (you must enter active duty or ship to training by your 33rd birthday and accept commission prior to age 34).

However, applicants with certain licenses or degrees can join the Army through their direct commissioning program with a maximum age limit of 42 years.

To join as a veterinarian, physician, or dentist, you need to have an advanced degree. For others such as chaplain, dietitian, occupational therapists, and nurse, a bachelor’s degree will be enough.

One thing to note is Chaplains require a graduate degree in theological or religious studies, at least 72 semester hours in graduate work, and two years ministry experience. For chaplains you need to be at least 21 years old and no older than 42.

Related ArticleArmy MOS List: A List Of All 159 Army Jobs

You can talk to your local recruiter to give you a list of jobs offered in the Army to check the ones you are eligible for.

Bottom Line

Every branch of the military has a maximum age limit for applicants, yet the age limit can be flexible under certain situations and recruiters can possibly provide age waivers for different jobs.


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General FAQ

Can I join the Army at 45 years old?

Unfortunately, no. Under Federal law, the oldest a recruit can be to enter any branch of the military is 42 years old.

What are the requirements to join the US Army?

In order to join the Army, you need to be a US citizen or resident alien, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, have no criminal history, be at least 17 years old, and meet certain physical / medical requirements.

Can you have tattoos in the Army?

Like the other military branches, tattoos are allowed, but must meet certain conditions.

Can a felon join the Army?

Depending on the type of felony conviction, it is possible to join the Army. Certain felonies, such as rape, murder, arson, extortion, and grand theft, are automatic disqualifiers.

What's the maximum age to join the Navy?

In order to enlist in the US Navy, you cannot be older than 39 years of age.

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