Military Finally Accepts Homeschooling Graduates on Equal Terms as Public School Graduates

Good news for homeschoolers wanting to join the military! They have now made the requirements for application and entry into the military the same for both homeschooling high school graduates and public school graduates.


This doesn’t mean that homeschoolers have not been accepted into the armed services before now. In March of 2005, the military initially welcomed homeschooling enlistees. At that time, homeschoolers had to meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a homeschool diploma and submit transcripts at the time of enlistment. The course work must involve parental supervision and the transcript must reflect the normal credit hours per subject used in traditional high school
  • Must score 31 or above on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
  • Must take the Assessment of Individual Motivation (AIM) test, which is 20-minute pencil and paper test. The AIM test score is used to obtain data and does not affect qualification for enlistment.
  • At a minimum, the last academic year (9 months) must be completed in a homeschool environment.

There have been several other updates to the policy since then; you can read about them at the following locations: May 2006, August 2012, April 2013 and January 2014.

If your child is looking forward to joining the military, these new policies will be wonderful news for your family. There are still requirements, don’t get me wrong, but they are more similar to that of the requirements for public schooled children. Read more about this success at the HSLDA update article.