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Can Homeschoolers Enlist in the Military?

February 27, 2015

Yes, homeschoolers can enlist in the military on the same terms as any other high school graduate. Since 1998, HSLDA has been working with the Pentagon and Congress to ensure that patriotic young men and women who wish to serve their nation in the armed forces are free to do so and are not discriminated against because they were homeschooled. After numerous battles, and most recently, congressional amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act in 2012 and 2014, we are finally ready to declare victory.

Do Homeschoolers Experience any Problems Enlisting in the Military?

The recent legislation passed by Congress and the accompanying Department of Defense policy have eliminated all past problems facing homeschool graduates who wish to enlist. In the few cases where recruiters are confused about the Department of Defense’s policy towards homeschoolers, HSLDA can help by clarifying the policy to the recruiter and affirming that a student is eligible to enlist under the new policy.

Homeschool graduates will need to have a homeschool high school diploma issued by the graduate’s parent or guardian. We strongly recommend that you do not have your homeschool graduate obtain a GED in order to enlist, because the military has almost completely eliminated GED holders from enlisting in the Armed Forces.

Please read this article to find the requirements for a homeschool graduate enlisting in the military.

 Related HSLDA Articles

Military Homeschooling Overseas Information
May 2009

Special Report: Homeschoolers Gain Equal Access to Department of Defense Schools
September 4, 2007

Department of Defense Applies Equal Access to Homeschoolers
December 16, 2002

E—lert on Homeschooling for families in USAREUR
November 21, 2000

 Helpful Reading from Outside Sources

2006 Information Paper: Homeschooling Non—DoD Schools Program
December 6, 2006

2002 Department of Defense Memo on Homeschooling
November 6, 2002

2000 Department of Defense Memo on Homeschooling in USAREUR
October 23, 2010

2001 E—lert: Military’s Attempts to Regulate Homeschoolers Slowed
July 24, 2001

Bill Page on the Military Home School Children Equal Access Act
May 23, 2002