US Navy Requirements

To ensure you have the latest information on current eligibility standards, you will need to contact your local recruiter. While much of what you see below doesn't change much, the opportunities for getting a waiver for a disqualifying mark varies depending on what recruiting region you are in and the current state of the economy.

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  • Age - You can join at 17 with parents' permission or 18 up to 34 years of age at the time you ship to MEPS.
  • Citizenship - You must be a US citizen or a legal resident alien with documents to validate your status.
  • Criminal Record - No felony convictions, no pending or current legal procedures (trial, serving sentence, on parole, unpaid fines, civil lawsuit filed), no history of drug or violent crime arrests or convictions.
  • Dependants/Children - No single parents or married applicants with more than one child are allowed to enlist.
  • Education - High school diploma is practically required to enlist. There is a slim chance for those with a GED to enlist if they score, at least, a 50 AFQT on the ASVAB, no drug history, three references from influential members of the community, and a clean criminal record (with only minor traffic offences, if any).

    Those applicants with a high school diploma need to score at least 32 AFQT on the ASVAB to enlist.

  • Physical Health
    • Body Fat - The maximum allowable body fat limit for those enlisting is 22% for men and 33% for women.
    • Height and Weight
      Height (rounded up to nearest inch)Men (maximum weight in pounds)Women (maximum weight in pounds)
    • Physical Readiness Test (PRT) - The PRT consists of three tests: curl-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5-mile run. Each event is scored for five levels of performance and assigned points based on how well the events were performed. The scores of the three events are then averaged to come up with your final score. At boot camp, you must score higher than 60 and must score above 50 on future tests. You can see charts on how many points are assigned for your performance in the various events on page 29 of this pdf copy of the US Navy's Physical Readiness Program document from July 2011.
    • Body Decorations - Any excessive decoration is disqualifying and any questionable cases will be sent to the appropriate region commander for a final decision.
      • Tattoos: No visible tattoos on the neck, face, or scalp. Tattoos that are excessive, obscene, or advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination are disqualifying. Gange related tattoos are disqualifying.
      • Body mutilation/piercing: Split or forked tongue; foreign objects inserted under the skin that creates a design or pattern; enlarged or stretched-out holes in the ears; gold veneers or other dental ornamentation; and branding/intentional scarring on the neck, face, or scalp are all considered disqualifying.
  • Medical Disqualifications - There are many medical ailments that will disqualify an applicant. You can see some of the disqualifying medical conditions and then discuss with a recruiter if you have a condition not listed.
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