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

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Tooooo tough!

Tooo tough, now you have to do a credit check?...really...so I wanted to further my education couldnt find a good job (which is part why I wanna joiN the military and necause of my student loan issues(credit) I cant koin?...i jave nevet had any other issues....and im told to just pay it off...well if I had 10,000 I would have paid it....dont ya think?
—Guest Hurt...

I need to learn best thing

I feel us army is best.I would like to say one thing best in my life at end of the day that is I was trained in us army
—Guest Prathap

Ready to Serve

I am 18 years old and finishing my last year of high school. I plan on joining the Airforce and feel that the requirements are fair. However I also feel that the cut off age is to low, there are plenty of willing citizens very able and ready to serve.
—Guest Eric

Rediculous and shameful.

I went to a recruiter today with full intentions to join the Army. I had come to a point in my and my small family's life where I was free to pursue a life long career. I've never been so physically fit or mentally sharp at any other point in my life, I feel I am evenly tempered and have some wisdom to my credit. The recruiter, with derisive look at me, asked how old I am. With no hesitation and a satisfied smile, I replied "36". Her response was a condiscending "Your too old, but thanks for your interest." Let me tell you something, it has been my dream to serve my country full time in the Armed Forces, but apparently I'm a year late and a dollar short because I wanted to see to my family? My daughter started college this year with a full scholarship, my son starts preschool and my husband is a former Marine now in pos work. But I'm too old?!! It seems to me that by having such a low age cap lowers standards which our military recruits. Raise age cap/expect same from us old fogies
—Guest Christie

Joining requirements

I was told I could not join with a online diploma because they didn't know if I realy did the work to pass. But when I asked wouldn't my asvab score prove or disprove that? The recruiter didn't know how to respond. Was he just being lazy or was my question that hard to understand? I want to go infantry in the Marine Corps.
—Guest Patriot08

Things that make you Hmmm....

What I'm getting from these posts is people who had a chance to serve 10, 20 even 30 years ago but didn't. Back pre-9/11 when it wasn't "cool" or "popular" the serve. Back when no one thanked you for your service, back when restaurants didn't give veterans free meals on Veteran's Day, back when you were sent to places and did things no one would ever know about. Of course there's every excuse or reason why they couldn't/didn't join but it all boils down to this, you DIDN'T! You CHOSE to try drugs, you CHOSE to drive drunk, you CHOSE to have kids, you CHOSE to quit high school, live with your choices. I CHOSE to leaves the reserves after 4 years, following 6 years of active duty, because I was tired of dealing with people who's entire active duty time was their 2 week summer camp after 10 or 12 years. A year later when I realized what I had thrown away and tried to re-enlist, and was turned down because of my age, I accepted it and moved on. Accept that you didn't join and move on.
—Bean8541

Perfectly Fine

We don't need any person in our military. We're the best military in the world, and we can't have just anyone join. The military knows what they're doing. We don't want older folks, as they have more health problems. We don't want too young, as younger folks don't have the best judgement. Let the military hire who it wants,
—Guest Taylor

Too Old

I started a family very early in life. I dismissed the idea of military life at the counsel of my father who was a Marine corps Vietnam Veteran of 1968. The neat thing about starting a family early is they grow up early. 2 years ago my youngest son and I were going to join the Guard together. I was 41 and he was 18. I took my ASVAB and was scheduled for MEPS in St. Louis when the city of Naperville called for employment with the fire dept. Since no contract had been signed yet I chose to wait till after my probation with the fire dept to resume Guard opportunities. After completing probation I returned to the Guard office only to learn that DOD had dropped the age back down to 35 and I was no longer a candidate for the National Guard. This was very discouraging to me as have always wanted to serve my country. I am 185 lbs and in better condition than I was in High school. We prohibit age discrimination in the private sector workplace but discriminate on age for the military?
—Guest Firefighter/Paramedic

willing to serve !!!

last year i was already in the process of joining the army reserve , my age was 36 now im 37 i have to under go surgery this jan for that is one of the requirement for me , ive waited for 6 months they said there is a waiting period. when i went back to my recruiting station. they told me im no longer qualified because of my age. bec they thought im only 35. ive already pass the asvab i was already in the process of enlisting.. i believe there were some lapses with my recruiter or there should be i written documents for me during the time . i don't know , is there any body that i can talk to with my situation?
—Guest from OAk Harbor

Too Tight

I'm 17 and considering joining, although I respect most of these requirements (not like I can't) it comes into question mainly of my past, and how many waivers I need to obtain. My teenage life from 13-16 was nothing average and I found myself in a lot of trouble. Not thinking of what I want later on in life, and now feeling the consequences of many of my actions. It's probably not going to be possible for me to be able to join, and I will probably get denied but I want to join, I feel it would be good for me, but more than likely I'd get denied. I don't like that they bring juvenile records into account, mostly because I've learned from my mistakes and want to move forward. But because they do, I will always just be stuck in my past, unable to move forward because I wasn't thinking.
—Guest Alex

Remove age limits for able-bodied

Although I'm 53, I am a very fit (3rd degree Black belt, marathon runner) and educated (Masters degree, college faculty) person, with 5 years of ROTC (4 high school, 1 college - in a Ranger-oriented unit); in college, I was the 3rd best in the battalion - the two men over me had already completed Ranger school the summer prior. I may not fit in a combat unit, but I definitely have the knowledge and intellect, physical fitness, and more importantly, the desire to serve our country. If not military service, what options do I have in terms of government service?
—Guest Anonymous

too tough

I feel in any us citizen should u selffitant in combat just like in the first and sencond worldwars there are some that would love to sev
—Guest Jason riggan

too many kids

We have 3 children, not 2, my. husband is 25, in great shape& very good@ supporting us! They shouldn't be able to judge how many children god blessed us with!!
—Guest Steph

Need to allow & facilitate options

I'm from a proud military family (mostly Navy), and I want to serve. I'm a woman and still just under the max age. My interests are in naval intelligence, surveillance, technology, etc. However, I'm apparently disqualified because I lost my left eye and ear when young. I would obviously be best and well-suited for a "desk job," and since there are MANY such jobs in the intelligence and technical fields, I SHOULD be able to join and do those at least... NOT be automatically excluded from EVERYTHING in the service just because my injuries would pose limitations for SOME of the jobs that are physically demanding! The military already has many categories, classifications, restrictions, etc. in use to identify and assign its people appropriately. The military is exempt from "Equal Employment Opportunity" legislation, along with the "Americans with Disabilities Act" to keep its management less "constrained." However, since jobs in the service are NOT the same, WHY are MEPS same??
—Guest Sad Smarty

untitled

I'm a 16 year old girl considering joining the army at 18. I think at least most of the requirements are reasonable. The only one I'm seeing so far that could be changed is the age limit, simply because I agree that there are many people just over that age who remain fully capable of serving, and I think our country would benefit if we were to allow them to serve alongside the younger people. Besides that though, I think most of the standards are understandable.
—Guest Jess

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