What is Delayed Entry Program?

The Delayed Entry Program (also referred to as DEP and sometimes incorrectly as the Delayed Enlistment Program) is a program under which an individual may enlist in a Reserve or Inactive Component of a military service and specify a future reporting date for entry on active duty in the Active Component that would coincide with availability of training spaces and with personal plans such as high school graduation.

The following service branches offer the Delayed Entry Program allowing recruits to sign up, but delay their actual entry date for up to 365 days:

  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Coast Gaurd

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join the Delayed Entry
Program first?

By joining via the Delayed Entry Program, you give yourself up to an entire year to research, think about, and decide if you made the right choice in joining the military; while ensuring that you get locked in for the training, tour length and duty station of your choice.

What if I decide that I want to get out of the Delayed Entry Program?
You can get out of DEP anytime before you officially swear in before leaving for basic training. Although your recruiter will most likely make it very uncomfortable, you should know that there are very straightforward ways to go about getting out of the Delayed Entry Program.

What if I am in the Delayed Entry Program but want to change my enlistment options?
Although your recruiter will not tell you this or make it easy, you can renegotiate your contract at any time while you are in the Delayed Entry Program.

Am I subject to the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) while I am in the Delayed Entry Program?
No. You do not have to abide by military law until you actually leave for basic training or boot camp and you can get out of the Delayed Entry Program anytime.

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