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When you enlist what is the length of term?

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Asked by lori8400 at 12:15 PM on Aug. 11, 2012 in Military

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  • My MOS had only a spot to enlist available with a 4 yr contract when I went in.


    Answer by 1-Mom2-Veteran at 10:09 AM on Nov. 18, 2012

  • While you can choose to do anywhere from 2-6 years depending on the branch, you actually enlist for 8 years. The remainder of your time left of the 8 years is spent in IRR (inactive reserve readiness). My husband signed up to do 3 1/2 years of active duty and then got out. He was out for a year and was then called back into duty. He joined in February 2002 and his official last day of being under the military's control was February 2010.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 12:41 PM on Aug. 13, 2012

  • My husband initially joined up for a 6 year enlisted (USAF) so he could be A1C right out of basic. Each of his enlistments since have been for 4 years.

    Answer by hopeandglory53 at 12:47 AM on Aug. 12, 2012

  • Mine was six years, it just depends on the job. Typically four.

    Answer by Melbornj at 9:26 PM on Aug. 11, 2012

  • The min is 4 years

    Answer by mommys2cupcakes at 12:56 PM on Aug. 11, 2012

  • Air Force is either 4 year or 6 years

    Army is 2 years or 4 years
    Not sure of the other branches.

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 12:51 PM on Aug. 11, 2012

  • It depends. A friend of mine choose a job that required extensive training, so his enlistment was 6 years.

    Answer by layh41407 at 12:51 PM on Aug. 11, 2012

  • I enlisted for 4 years but had to obliserve another year for my rating.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 12:27 PM on Aug. 11, 2012

  • my dad's were always 2-4 year re-enlistments.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:26 PM on Aug. 11, 2012

  • Here is a link. It looks like it ranges from 2-6 years depending on your skill and benefits:


    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 12:25 PM on Aug. 11, 2012

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