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Discussion » Questions » Military » What year did the US Armed Forces begin using four years as the basic amount of time which a person served? Also, was there a different

What year did the US Armed Forces begin using four years as the basic amount of time which a person served? Also, was there a different

amount of time used among the military branches for enlistment contracts prior to it being four years?

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Posted - May 14

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  • 4910
    When I joined the US Navy
    it was for three years
    and that was a long time ago
    in 1961. I joined the day before I turned 18,
    otherwise I would have been drafted into the Army for 4years.
      May 14, 2019 11:50 PM MDT
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  • 23719

      Perhaps you misread or misunderstood the questions.  I’m not referring to any one person’s experience, I’m asking when the armed forces as a whole began the practice.
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      May 15, 2019 5:40 AM MDT
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  • 1626
    Enlistment range from 2-6 years.  4 active 2 inactive is the most common.
      May 15, 2019 1:23 AM MDT
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  • 23719

      Perhaps you misread or misunderstood the questions.
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      May 15, 2019 5:37 AM MDT
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  • 2969
      May 15, 2019 2:03 PM MDT
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  • 11146
    It seems like I have heard of two, four, and six year enlistments. 
      May 15, 2019 8:32 PM MDT
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  • 22272
    no idea
      May 19, 2019 3:49 PM MDT
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