Martin Lloyd Sanders: What you need to join the US military

It is a career that is becoming more and more popular across the country. Whilst potentially dangerous, few would disagree that a career in the US military can be incredibly rewarding.

This is something that Martin Lloyd Sanders has found out during his umpteen years of service. A brave captain, Sanders is someone who is associated with ensuring the health and safety of his workers in his team. The fact that is also a Director of the Environmental Health Services Division for Occupational Health simply adds to this reputation as well.

His position also means he knows everything about how to actually get into the military in the first place. This is something that we have quizzed him on and we will now mull over the different areas of the military, to show exactly what you need if you want to forge a career of this ilk.

The Air Force and Army

According to CAPT Martin Lloyd Sanders, both of these areas of the industry are two of the simplest processes.

Whether you want to join the Air Force or the Army, the processes are almost the same. The main difference comes in the age; for the Air Force you can be between 17 and 27, but for the Army this increases to between 17 and 34. In both cases, you can’t have any more than two dependents.

The final stage of the process is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test. Martin Lloyd Sanders says that this is one of the most challenging parts. In the case of the Air Force you will need to score a minimum of 50, but with the Army this drops to 31.


Unsurprisingly, due to the reputation that is associated with Marines, it won’t come as a surprise to hear that there are a lot more requirements here. The age range is between 17 and 29, while you will also be expected to meet various physical, mental and moral criteria. While this might be quite a vague statement, plenty of workers have fallen foul of this in the past – even a minor health complaint can sometimes halt your path to the marines.

As well as this, you will also need to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test. This time, you will need a score of 32 to pass.

A small note has to be made on women here. Martin Lloyd Sanders says that nowadays, it’s becoming more common for women to enlist as a marine. However, they are not able to enlist in several specialities.


In the cases of the Navy, there are again slight changes to the process. For example, you must be between 17 and 34 to apply, while your ASVAB test must be quite high. This time it should be at least 50, which is sufficient to put a lot of workers off.

A small note should be made on women again. Women are allowed to enlist in everything, apart from serving as a Navy Seal or in a submarine position.