DOD Updates Enlistment Priority for Homeschooled Graduates

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced that eligible students with diplomas from home schools, virtual/distance learning schools and adult/alternative schools who score 50 or above on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) will now receive Tier 1 enlistment priority.  Previously, many of the graduates described above received Tier 2 enlistment priority.

The purpose of the DoD education credential policy is to predict adaptation to the military and successful completion of military service, and DoD benchmarks require that at least 90 percent of recruits enlisting possess a Tier 1 credential.

"It's important for everyone interested in joining the military to understand that the current competitive recruiting environment, high retention and force reducations have impacted the number of positions available to interested applicants," said Lernes Hebert, acting director of accession policy.

Numerous studies have shown that the type of education a recruit receives predicts attrition behavior.  Those with diplomas from home schools, virtual/distance learning and adult/alternative schools who score above 50 on the AFQT were found to have similar attrition to traditional high school graduates, and so they have been upgraded to Tier 1 status accordingly.

For more information, visit www.defense.gov.