GED to Diploma Pathway to the U.S. Military

Convert your GED to a High School Diploma and begin your Military Career

GED to Diploma Pathway to the U.S. Military

Convert your GED to a High School Diploma and begin your Military Career

There are many benefits to having a high school diploma over a GED when joining the U.S. Military. Below are some examples of the differences when enlisting:

High School Diploma vs GED

High School Diploma
Tier I
Tier II
Need Waiver
Branch Minimum
50 or Above
Enlistment Bonus
Job Availability
No restrictions provided you qualify mentally, medically, and morally and is available
Some jobs require a High School Diploma

Tier I vs Tier II

  • Tier I Military Applicants can join at any time
  • Tier II Military Applicants can only join when the Branch allows
Annual percentages of GED (Tier II) recruits by branch:
  • USAF – Less than 1%
  • USMC – 5%
  • USA – 10%
  • USN – 10%
If you currently have a GED you will be considered a High School Senior and will begin the CHS Military Pathway with 13 1/2 credits.

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Pathway to U.S. Military Enlistment

You are enlistment eligible (minus a high school diploma). Eligibility Requirements can vary from branch to branch.

Visit a Recruiter to determine eligibility, take the ASVAB Test, and obtain your GED transcript.

Speak to an Admissions Advisor and Enroll in CHS' Career Degree Completion Program.

Enlist into the Delayed Entry Program with 13 1/2 credits.

Graduate with your high school diploma and start your U.S. Military Career.

Steps to convert your GED to a High School Diploma

Retrieve your relevant transcripts (high school, GED, home school, international, etc.).

Your recruiter can be a resource in obtaining transcripts.

Click here to obtain your U.S. high school transcript.

The CHS Admissions Specialist will conduct a Preliminary Transfer Credit Review. CHS is committed to awarding you as many transfer credits as possible – up to 13 ½ credits. If you currently have a GED you will be considered a High School Senior and will begin the CHS Military Pathway with 13 1/2 credits. 

When the Preliminary Transfer Credit Review has been completed, your Admissions Specialist will let you know how many credits will transfer, and what courses you need to take at CHS.

Schedule a meeting with one of our admissions specialists at a time that fits your schedule.

Before scheduling your meeting with CHS, please ensure that you have obtained any transcripts needed to have ready when talking with the admissions specialist.

Click here to schedule a meeting

Your Admissions Specialist will help you enroll in the courses you need to complete to earn your diploma.

CHS staff will let you know when you have become a high school senior (If you aren’t already there), so that you can inform your Military Recruiter. CHS also will let you know what you need to do to prepare for and take the ASVAB exam.

How Long Does It Take For The Student To Earn Their High School Diploma?

It depends on the number of courses needed to complete their diploma, students’ motivation and the student’s life situation. Below are four possible timelines:

  • 4 English
  • 1 Life Skill
  • 2 Math
  • 1 Career
  • 1 Science
  • 8 Electives
  • 1 Social Science


A CHS Admissions Specialist works with each student to provide the most direct pathway to complete their 18-credit diploma requirements.

  • The admissions Specialist awards the student as much transfer credit as possible — up to 13 1/2 credits — including credit for applicable real-world life experience.
  • Students are provided (at no cost) access to the CHS ASVAB Examination preparatory course. Learn More
  • Students that score 31 or above on the ASVAB can be awarded ½ high school credit towards their diploma.
  • Students are provided the opportunity to test out of a number of ½ an 1 credit courses that if successfully passed, the credit can be applied towards their diploma and shorten the student’s graduation timeline.
  • Admissions Specialists help the student to tailor all courses to best meet the interest of the students and their degree requirements.

Need help passing the ASVAB? Click here for a complimentary Prep Course

CHS acknowledges that there are a lot of tasks to coordinate and complete before you enter the military. Remember, CHS is only a provider of the high school education that you may need to enter the U.S. Military. Our High School Planning Resource Center is packed with helpful content to help with your military recruitment.

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