Non-High School Graduates Wanting to Join the Military

Choose Citizens High School's Diploma Pathway to Enter the US Military

Our Career Diploma Pathway can help you enter the Military

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Your First Step:

Send your high school transcript to to receive a FREE, no obligation, Transcript Evaluation and a tailored pathway for you to graduate from high school and enlist in the U.S. Military!

18-Credit Diploma

Diploma rated Tier-1 by the U.S. military
Tier 1 (High School Graduate) is the most viable route to enter the military as an enlisted member

Academic Bridge Program

Take a few academic courses to meet degree requirements. Over 90% complete and enter the U.S. military
Most students need 1 to 4 courses and can complete the Bridge program in less than 4 months

Transfer Credit Friendly

Transfer friendly in every sense of the word
You can transfer 17 of your 18 required credits. An Enrollment Specialist will help you with the transfer credit process

ASVAB Prep-Course

Earn 1/2 credit with a score of 31 or higher. Anyone can take this course at no cost!

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Designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to pass the ASVAB examination

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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Pathway to U.S. Military Enlistment

You are between the ages of 17 and 35 (Depending on the Service) and want to enlist in the US Military but you do not have a high school diploma

Visit A US Recruter, take the ASVAB Test and meet all qualification except that you lack a High School Diploma

Apply to CHS, evaluate transfer credit and what courses are needed to earn your HS Diploma (example 4 Courses). Enroll in CHS Degree Completion Program

Earn High School Diploma

Enter the U.S. Military, Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, National Guard, or Coast Guard

CHS offers an online 18-Credit High School Diploma Pathway for Adult Learners wanting to enter the U.S. Military. Many enlistee candidates can complete their diploma in just a few short months.

The great thing about Citizens’ career high school diploma program is that you can complete high school from home and on your own terms. 

Three Easy Steps To Earn Your High School Diploma

Gather your High School Transcripts and email them to

The CHS Admissions Specialist will conduct a Transcript Evaluation. CHS is committed to awarding you as many transfer credits as possible – up to 13 ½ credits.

When the Transcript Evaluation has been completed, your Admissions Specialist will send you a tailored pathway so you know how many credits will transfer, and what courses you need to take for you to graduate from high school and enlist in the U.S. Military!

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 and join the Delayed Entry Program. CHS also will let you know what you need to do to prepare for and take the ASVAB exam.

CHS is Committed to Awarding You As Many Transfer Credits As Possible

CHS stacks your previous high school credits with real-world life and work credits to determine what credits you have left to take at CHS.

The Citizens High School Career Diploma requires the following 18 credits:

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

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. 
  • 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.

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:

Your Career High School Diploma May Be Closer Than You Think

Make a change today for a better future tomorrow
  1. Enroll in our high school to military pathway
  2. Complete the remaining courses you need to graduate from High School
  3. Earn your high school diploma and your next chapter in the U.S. Military
High School Diploma
GED or No High School Credentials
Enlistment Tier 1
Enlistment Tier: Tier II/Tier III
Waiver Required? No
Waiver Required? Yes
ASVAB Score: Branch Minimum
ASVAB Score: 50 or above
Enlistment Bonus: Yes
Enlistment Bonus: No
Jobs: No restrictions provided you qualify mentally, medically, and morally
Jobs: Some jobs require a HS Diploma

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Quick options to help you

Depending on how many credits you need, you can get your diploma in 2-4 months. The CHS diploma program only costs $298 for 2 months and $596 for 4 months. Learn more

Keep in mind, when you enlist, you might qualify for bonuses up to $50,000. PLUS, you’ll start earning your regular military pay right away.

Many employers offer education benefits to employees. Ask your employer what they offer. If they don’t have a program, ask them anyway. Here’s a link to sample letters.

There is no bond stronger than family. If a handful of family members give a few dollars per month ($10, $15, $20) you can quickly get started on your diploma.

Many community organizations and churches have scholarship funds for members who need help. Tell them that their assistance will help you to serve your country.

Invite people to contribute to your goal of joining the military. These websites can get you started: GoFundMe, Spotfund, FundRazr, Fundly

Ask the local post of the American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, USO, etc. Find a local post here: American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, USO

To Begin Your Pathway to your High School Diploma contact a CHS Admissions Specialist

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