If you are considering joining the US Military, you may have heard some second or even third hand information on the requirements and what the service is like. To be sure about any entrance and service requirements, be sure to talk with your recruiter.
Myth: A high school diploma is not needed to join the Military. Truth: A GED will be accepted with special approval in some circumstances. Otherwise, a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
United States Military Service Academies: Admissions to military service academies are highly competitive. For most of the academies, a Congressional nomination is required in addition to other admission criteria. You are advised to begin the application process in your junior year in order to meet some of the deadlines.