This resulted in a difficult time entering the military simply because they did not have high school diplomas from accredited schools. To exacerbate the problem in 1998, the Marines and Air Force decided they would only accept Tier I candidates into their branches of the military. 

 

Only 10 percent of all Navy and Army enlistees were Tier II candidates that same year.  Numerous home school candidates were scoring over the 90th percentile on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, meeting all the military's eligibility requirements.  Yet they were being rejected simply because they did not have an accredited diploma!

 

In an effort to rectify this situation, U.S. Senator Paul D. Coverdale of Georgia proposed an amendment to House Resolution 3616, the Defense Authorization Bill, to end this discrimination of home schoolers.  It created a five-year pilot program to automatically place home schoolers in the Tier I status for recruitment eligibility.  Each of the armed forces is now required to allow up to 1,250 home school diploma recipients to be considered under the Tier I status along with all other high school graduates.  The bill was passed into law and is now in effect.

 

This means a home schooler seeking to enlist in the military must provide a high school diploma, a high school transcript, pass the ASVAB, and meet the physical and eligibility requirements for recruitment in order to be accepted as a home schooler into the desired branch of the service. Home schoolers can no longer be rejected for military enlistment simply because they do not have a completed transcript from an accredited high school.

 

Recently we also were contacted by one of our Crosswalk.com readers who told us about another option that we weren't aware of. Apparently within some churches is a Christian alternative to Boy Scouts called "Royal Rangers." Perhaps there are also other organizations that can prepare young people for disciplined life and rigors of military service. We can only touch the tip of the iceberg here.  Find one that fits you and your child's goals.  That's the key.

 

For more information about the military and the options for home schoolers, please consider our book, "The Guidance Manual for the Christian Home School."  We think you will find it to be one of the most comprehensive resources on military options anywhere. Check it out.

 

David and Laurie Callihan are authors of The Guidance Manual for the Christian Home School: A Parent's Guide for Preparing Home School Students for College or Career and The Christian Homeschool Daily Planner. Learn more at www.davidandlaurie.com