Jim asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 month ago

Are Minors Allowed to Enlist in Military?

I watched a documentary on adult film star John Holmes and it mentioned that he dropped out of high school at 15 and, with his mother’s written permission, joined the Army.  This was during the 1970s.  Did special exemptions go on because it was during Vietnam?

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  • Rick
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    nope ....................................

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Currently, the international consensus is that kids under 18 must not go into combat.

    Some countries have provisions to train and school younger people, but they won't be in the real armed forces until 18

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  • Rick
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    1 month ago

    nope.......................................

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  • 1 month ago

    I joined the British Army at 15 which was the school leaving  age at the time.

    My parents had to agree.

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  • 1 month ago

    Lord knows what he might had lied about about and gotten away with in those days. 

    These days,  it's 17,   with BOTH parents signatures...or you have to wait until you are 18. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sure, and 5-G networks are the cause of COVID-19. SMH!

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  • ?
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    1 month ago

    Holmes was born in 1944 so he was 17 in 1961. That's the earliest that he could have legally enlisted even in the 1960's or 70's.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    He was born in 1944 so it wasn’t the 70s. He joined when he was 15 and that was around 1959 and by luck was able to get in. Normally they must be 17 even during WW2. So there was a lie somewhere. He spent 3 years in and most was in West Germany. 

    Right now they do not accept drop outs, haven’t for decades.  You must have a GED minimum, score above a certain score on the ASVAB and if 17 must have both parents approval.  

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  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    He faked something.  17 and a high school graduate after WW2.  

    • RICK
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      In the 70s no HS diploma required

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  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not at 15 he didn't. The army wont take anyone that young. At 17  with permission? Yes, but not at 15. 

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