Introduction: What Are The Military’s Requirements for New Recruits?
New recruits require a specific set of requirements in order to be fit for service. For instance, all prospective military members must be male and over 18 years old and generally healthy without any health conditions that impair their ability to serve. They must also have a high school degree or equivalent, and an approved score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB). However, there are exceptions to these rules; women can participate in combat units if they qualify for mission-specific training programs. 
Military Personnel Preparing to Deploy to a Warzone
Individuals must also be of a certain physical fitness level in order to join the military. Generally, recruits will have to be able to serve for at least two years. This requirement differs from that of other branches of the military, which start with the potential recruits at age 17 and require them to serve for at least three years for the most part.  The physical requirements for enlistment differ between enlisted and officer positions. For example, all officers must pass the army physical fitness test (APFT). However, enlisted members don’t have to take this exam, but they do need to be able to perform at a certain standard. For instance, the army requires that soldiers either exceed the time limit for sit-ups or meet the minimum requirements for push-ups and dips. 
Physical Fitness Standards for the U.S. Military
All military recruits must meet certain physical fitness standards, no matter what the branch of service. Each service has its own test, but these all measure the same basic ability to perform tasks expected of active-duty soldiers. These are different from the physical standards that each branch sets for itself as an occupational requirement because these tests are designed to measure basic fitness, not just ability in performing a special job function.
What’s Coming Soon to the Military Recruitment Process?
There have been some changes in the army’s recruitment process since the beginning of 2016. As of December 21st, the army plans to require all potential recruits to complete “a new set of character-based fitness assessments.”  This change will drastically increase the timeframe for military members to enlist, as it will only allow people ages 17 to 42 who are physically fit and psychologically stable enough to serve. 
“These changes represent the first steps in a long-term effort to strengthen our recruiting process by better evaluating a potential recruit’s ability to adapt and thrive in today’s Army. This is the first major change to our recruiting process since 2002 and will improve the experiences of both our recruits and their families.” Army Sec. John McHugh 
President Barack Obama also enacted reforms that will cause more recruits to fail the enlistment process.  This will change the background check process, making it more difficult for those with criminal records to enlist.  This is also a step forward in increasing the quality of troops entering the military.