Army recruiters for the first time can now recruit people who never gradudated high school and never obtained a general equivalency diploma (GED) under a new enlistment program which began Tuesday.
Under the Army Education Plus option, a person can now enlist in the Army’s delayed entry program, and the Army will help that person get a GED before he enters basic training.
To qualify for the program, a person must have been out of high school for at least six months, and be able to pass the Army’s physical exam and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
The program allows recruiters to enlist a high school dropout, according to S. Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. But the enlistee must have the GED before shipping off to basic training. The Army will pay for individuals to attend a course to prepare for the GED test and will cover the cost of taking the GED exam. . . .
What will not change is the Army’s cap on the percentage of how many new soldiers may enlist with a GED versus a high school diploma, Smith said. That limit is 10 percent of all new soldiers for the year. — Army Times
The Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard are offering this option.