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  1. Dec 6, 2023 · You cannot join the military to enter the U.S. or to get a visa. Age limits. Each branch of the military has age limits to enlist in active duty: Air Force: 17 - 39; Army: 17 - 35; Coast Guard: 17 - 31; Marine Corps: 17 - 28; Navy: 17 - 39; Space Force: 17 - 39; The age limits are different if you join as an officer or join the Guard or Reserve.

  2. Oct 30, 2023 · The Air Force and Space Force have upped the age limits for new recruits to 42 years old. The update comes after the Air Force missed its recruiting goals for the first time since 1999, falling...

  3. May 18, 2024 · Under federal law, the oldest recruit any military branch can enlist is 42. Even so, each branch of the U.S. military may set their own policy below that age limit for applicants seeking to enlist. The maximum age for enlisting in the Army is 35 years.

  4. Oct 30, 2023 · Both branches now have a maximum enlistment age of 42, raised from 39. Previously, the Air Force upped the maximum age to 39 from 27. With a retirement age of 62, older recruits will still be able to serve a full 20 years before retirement. The move comes as all military branches have struggled to recruit potential service members.

  5. Oct 27, 2023 · The Space Force and the Air Force have raised the maximum age for active-duty recruits to enlist from 39 to 42. (Ethan Johnson/U.S. Space Force) Forty is the new 30 when it comes to the Air...

  6. Oct 27, 2023 · The maximum age limit is 42 for the Navy and Coast Guard, 39 for the Army (with waivers authorized to age 45), and 28 for the Marine Corps, though the age limit is often higher for health care or ministry positions in the military. The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations mandates 17 and 42 as the minimum and maximum age for enlistment.

  7. Oct 26, 2023 · The Coast Guard, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security, also changed its maximum enlistment age to 42 in November. In fiscal 2023, which ended last month, the Air Force missed its...

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