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Readers Respond: Are Military Enlistment Standards too tough, too lax, or just right?

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even vets have regrets

those of you who are second guessing for various reasons or circumstances do not be so hard on yourself..i am quite sure many of you have led lives that have been exemplary ...I served in the us army a total of 6 years including 3 overseas and I regret I did not stay longer..the problem is the old adage "hindsight is 20-20 "seems to hold true too often...I thought civilian life would be welcoming and easier.. I guess you could say I am glad I served ..but it seems all of my friends who did not have done better in life...all the best...
—army7783alltheway

Single Parent

under what chapter would someone who has been rewarded joint custody of a child due to a divorce fall under?
—Guest PFC

Shoots

For the young people who got offended. Not all young people are like that just 99%
—Guest Nobody again

Stricter

If the military would raise the age limit they would probably save money. Older guys would be more likely to stay because they come from struggling everyday to make ends meet so they don't end up on the street. Where as these kids fresh out of high school first job experience is getting yelled out and chewed out daily and they start to think it'd be so much better on the outside when it really isn't. So the military pays to have these young guys trained and by the time they are trained and worth anything they leave. So then they gotta train more new kids and pay even more money. That's just my opinion. Oh ya the physical requirements are fine they just gotta actually enforce them.
—Guest Nobody

Stricter

If the military would raise the age limit they would probably save money. Older guys would be more likely to stay because they come from struggling everyday to make ends meet so they don't end up on the street. Where as these kids fresh out of high school first job experience is getting yelled out and chewed out daily and they start to think it'd be so much better on the outside when it really isn't. So the military pays to have these young guys trained and by the time they are trained and worth anything they leave. So then they gotta train more new kids and pay even more money. That's just my opinion. Oh ya the physical requirements are fine they just gotta actually enforce them.
—Guest Nobody

Stricter

I did a 4yr term in the navy. I think the standards should be more strict in other areas like lazy people idiots and people who don't care about anything but themselves shouldn't be allowed in the military. The only logical reason I can see for having an age limit is because the older guys will have more common sense, life experiences and probably be more hard working because they know how tough it is in the real world struggling just to survive and it would probably be hard to except getting there ass chewed out by some young punk who thinks they got a clue about anything in life. Most of the young guys I met in the navy thought they had it all figured out when right after there mommy was done wiping there ass Uncle Sam is wiping there ass and they've never even wiped there own ass. About 90% of the guys between 18-23 that I worked with in the navy were lazy didn't realize how good they had it and thought it was so much better in the real world. I think the age limit should be raised.
—Guest Nobody

The Mirror

They must be doing what they believe is right. Regardless of what others opinions and thoughts.
—Guest Old Facebook

Advice

Don't join during time of war! "A word to the wise is sufficient!"
—Guest Ex Army Reservist

Education

I have a GED, I am not a drug user, I don't drink or smoke, I am not a criminal, and military service in my family goes back to the Revolutionary War (trust me, I know my family history), yet I can't join because of a GED? Very Un-American. Almost every developed country in the world requires that every able citizen do a certain number of military service, but we, the imperial superpower, have no such requirements. No wonder everyone in this country are fat, lazy slobs.
—Guest Tim

Why 18?

I feel that if a person wishing to join the military ASAP is held back by overbearing parents, that it isn't exactly fair. This is because they are essentially holding this person back.
—Guest Age Requiremnt

Too tough.

Age limit is unrealistic because not everyone by age 21 or 39 know what their path in life is to become.
—Guest SAH

served in reserves

I served in Reserves. I may wish to re-enlist. The max age is 59. gee. so generous. I will pass physical. hope I do not have to repeat entire boot camp. Hurrahh USA
—Guest tt

Right but not always

There are plenty of people that might want to join after the age. Many of them are tougher than some of the young ones. Boot camp should be the ultimate filter. If its obvious your not surviving then your out. if you cant do 5push-ups you're pussys. If you can't do the standard push-ups by end of basic you are a fat lard. If you can meet these and prove mental stability and drug abstinence: you should be allowed in.
—Guest Yuriy

Seems UN Amrican to NOT let us fight.

all I know, is if my WW2 veteran grandpa were still alive and walked into the recruiting station and heard them deny me the right to fight for my country... he would have throat chopped them all for being unAmerican.
—Guest Clinton

right for the circumstances

Generally speaking, the requirements are fine considering our current state of drawdown. When the military is trying to limit its numbers, it's perfectly reasonable to add harsher standards -- especially to take out large demographics, I.e older people. I enlisted at 17 with a perfect criminal, health, and education background, and I'm sure there's plenty of others who enlist with the same. Why would the military take risks with things like mental health history when there's plenty of recruits that represent a minimal liability?
—Guest Pvt Reader

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