Recruitment Policy Changes

Monday May 7, 2007

What is it? The National Defense Authorization Act 2006 increased the maximum enlistment age from 35 to 42 for Regular Components and increased the maximum term of enlistment from six to eight years. Army also expanded its enlistment policy on tattoos.

What has the Army done? On 18 January 2006, Army increased the maximum enlistment age from 35 to 40 for its Active and Reserve Components and implemented policy increasing the maximum term of enlistment from six to eight years. On 20 January 2006, Army expanded its tattoo policy to allow tattoos that are not prohibited on the neck. On 21 June 2006, Army increased the maximum enlistment age from 40 to 42 for its Active and Reserve Components.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Enlist any qualified person that has the desire to serve, provided he/she can enter onto active duty on or before their 42nd birthday. The Army will continue to enlist for personnel for terms of 6 or more years to support force stabilization of combat teams.

Why is this important to the Army? 31 October 2006, the changes in law and Army policy have generated the following enlistments:

- Age - 1,957 for the three components of the Army,
- 6-year plus training - 5,716; 7-year plus training - 14, and
- Tattoo policy - 792.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.


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