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Enlistment questions for 17y/o + GED
Last Post 27 Nov 2018 09:16 AM by Auxnoob. 4 Replies.
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23 Nov 2018 09:55 PM
    This is more geared at people who have enlisted for active duty at 17 and/or with a GED, but any advice is super appreciated!

    I attend a pretty decent school, but due to enrollment/financial issues haven't received the credits needed to be on the graduation track. Instead of doing another year of school and praying that I can get on the graduation track, I'm hoping to apply for enlistment just after I turn 17. I have parental consent, but I'm sure there's some form to fill out or process to go through to prove that. Just to clarify I am unmarried and have no dependents. 

    So I have a ton of questions but here are the more pressing ones.

    I assume recruiters can't really do much official work until I am 17. What should I do between now and summer to be the best candidate possible? How long was your recruitment and enlistment process? 

    I've got a waiver to take the GED a year early. What was your experience with recruiters in regards to their opinions on folks with GEDs/folks enlisting early?

    What are some key things to know before attempting to enlist? What tips would you give for interview/talking to a recruiter? 

    Clearly this is a selective process, any advice that you wish you'd had beforehand would be super helpful.

    Thanks a ton! 


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    23 Nov 2018 10:08 PM
    If you have/are receiving a GED, know that the CG requires a HS diploma, except in rare circumstances. Look here....https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/enlisted-opportunities/faq
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    23 Nov 2018 10:12 PM
    Thanks, I noticed that during my preliminary research. Do you have any idea what counts as special circumstances?
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    27 Nov 2018 08:00 AM
    If you have a GED, you must also have a minimum of 15 college credits at 100 level or higher. The best bet is to stay on track, stay in school and graduate. Then you can join free and easy with your diploma in hand. There are always struggles to everything in life and very few shortcuts. See it through the right way and you'll be happy that you did.
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    27 Nov 2018 09:16 AM
    Absolutely concur with OG2.
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