The United States Navy announced on January 26th that a high school diploma or GED is no longer a requirement in order to join the branch.
The Navy has stated that those who wish to enlist will still have to obtain passing scores on entrance exams as well as physical tests, however. This is not the first time the branch has lowered requirements, having previously lowered standards in the 2000.
Failing to meet the necessary number of recruits is not a Navy-exclusive problem, as the US Army and US Air Force have had issues as well. Currently, every other branch requires a high school diploma or GED.
The Navy hopes this will help meet proper numbers to maintain the operation and strength of the United States Navy.