Hey nucular - You Can Enlist After All

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  1. GotZoom
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    To quote nucular: "Maybe she's telling the truth. I tried to enlist and they said I was too old." When asked how old he was, he replied, "38. Marines. They wouldn't even give me an application."

    Now is your chance. It will have to be the Marines, but you can still join and protect our country.


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Faced with major recruiting problems sparked by troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has asked Congress to raise the maximum age for U.S. military enlistees from 35 to 42 years old.

    The request, sent to lawmakers this week, would apply to all active duty branches of the military services, said Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman, Friday. But it is aimed chiefly at the active duty Army, which has fallen far short of recruiting goals this year, by adding millions of potential enlistees.

    The Army has provided most of the 140,000 U.S. ground troops in Iraq and has also relied heavily on part-time soldiers from the National Guard and Reserve for year-long deployments there.

    Krenke said the active duty Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, which are meeting their recruiting goals, were unlikely to change their current policy of declining to accept recruits older than 35.

    The new proposal would not change the limit of 39 years old for those with previous military service who seek to enlist in the Army Reserves and National Guard.

    The Army National Guard, struggling more than any other part of the U.S. military to sign up new troops amid the Iraq war, missed its ninth straight monthly recruiting goal in June.

    The regular Army met its recruiting goal this month, but is still 14 percent behind its year-to-date recruiting target and is in danger of missing an annual recruiting goal for the first time since 1999. The Army Reserve is 21 percent behind its year-to-date goal and also in danger of falling short for the year.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/22/army.recruiting.reut/index.html
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    Thanks, but time marches on and I'm no longer 38. Or even 42.
     
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    Just a little personal perspective based on experience: You would be sucking hind tit trying to get through boot camp at 38, regardless your desire. It is not designed for the 38 years old mind nor body.
     

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