noncitizen national of the United States, or an
immigrant alien to the United States. An exception of
this policy is the enlistment in the U.S. Navy from the
Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated
States of Micronesia. All other nonimmigrant aliens are
ineligible for enlistment.
There are three main education classifications high
school diploma graduate (HSDG), high school graduate
(HSG), and nonhigh school graduate (NHSG).
Traditional education is simple to classify, but the
myriad of alternative education programs may prove
more difficult. Consult your NRD education specialist
(ED SPEC) for a classification on any education that
does not fall neatly within the requirements listed in the
Navy Recruiting Manual - Enlisted, COMNAVCRUIT-
HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA GRADUATE.
Included in this classification are applicants who fall
into one or more of the following categories:
l They attended and completed a 12-year/grade
day program of classroom instruction and have a locally
l They did not graduate high school but have
attended a college or university and completed 15
semester or 22 quarter hours of college-level credit.
l They have a secondary school diploma awarded
for attending and completing an adult education or
continuation high school program. The key element is
that the program must be attendance-based rather than
l They have an associate of arts or higher degree
from an accredited junior college, college, or university,
whether or not the holder has achieved any type of high
school diploma. All applicants with 4-year college
degrees should be referred to officer programs. Be
careful to preserve the applicants for enlisted programs
if they do not meet criteria for officer selection. Officer
program qualifications change often as do enlisted.
l They have completed their junior year in high
school and are expected to graduate and receive a
diploma within 365 days. These applicants are
considered will-grads (11S) and are classified the same
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE. This classification
includes applicants who possess one of the following
certificates or diplomas:
l A general education development (GED) or
other test-based high school equivalency certificate or
l An attendance-based certificate or diploma,
sometimes called certificates of completion or
attendance. A person who later gets a local- or
state-issued diploma on the basis of an attendance
credential is not to be considered an HSDG.
l A high school diploma or certificate from a
correspondence or home study school that is accredited
by the Accrediting Commission of the National Home
l Completed at least 11 years of regular day
school and has attended a vocational, technical, or
proprietary school for at least 6 months and has a
certificate of attendance or completion showing such.
NONHIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. This
classification is used for applicants who do not have
any of the previously discussed credentials. NSDGs
must score 31 or above on the ASVAB to meet basic
enlistment eligibility. The Commander, Navy Recruiting
Command (COMNAVCRUITCOM) periodically takes
management action that exceeds minimum standards.
Consult the current fiscal year gosling letter to
determine enlistment eligibility.
Married applicants for enlistment in paygrades E-1
through E-3, except for married applicants reenlisting
under continuous service conditions, must have no more
than one dependent. Married nonprior service applicants
should not be encouraged to enlist due to the potential
hardship situation at the onset of their enlistment. There
are no dependency restrictions on married applicants for
enlistment or reenlistment in paygrades E-4 and above.
All prospective enlistees, however, should be carefully
screened for financial responsibility.
Nonmarried applicants who have dependents, but
who do not have custody of the dependents, are
considered eligible for enlistment or reenlistment with
regard to dependency provided (1) they do not have
more than one dependent and are not contributing to the
financial support of more than one individual/dependent