- People always wanna change rules to exempt themselves or think they are better/smarter. I trust our military and current age/fitness standards to be spot on. If you're too old to join, by God find other constructive ways to help our USA, starting first within yer own household and local community, and never stop learning. If you are within age limit & reading these posts stop hesitating & go sign up.
- —Guest mary ms. fix-it
- I am 16 and declared bipolar. This accusation was decided when I was 8 years old. For this I am automatically disqualified and non eligible to join the army. I haven't shown signs of this condition for years. Have not been to a counselor in years, but still I am told I have next to no chance. You have no idea how much joining the military means to me. The number of Americans diagnosed with this condition are rapidly increasing. Even ages as young a 6. So yes the requirements in this specific area are to strict.
- —Guest austyn wilcoxson
Complex, but fair and needful
- Ahh, the vapid ignorant complaints of internet posters, cloaked in annonimity! "I'm too old! I'm too fat! I'm mentally ill! I have six nipples that drip motor oil, but I'm patriotic!" This is nothing more than a free for all bitch session from the masses of people that are disqualified for military service. Listen, your disqualification isn't unjustified because you claim you can do pushups at 60 like a 20 year old, or can still ruck march at 35% body fat. YOU ARE A FINANCIAL LIABILITY TO THE INTERESTS OF THE US GOVERNEMNT! We don't take 60 year olds because they would represent unprecidented VA claims, when they suddenly have all the medical issues of the population demographic. NONE of you are going to be 20 at 40. We have AGE limits because TIME deteriorates your BODY. I'm glad you are in great "shape" at 50, but you are 50! It DOES stink. I agree. I am an officer recruiter, and it's too bad sometimes. Hey, if you are a doctor you can still commission in your late 50s!
- —Guest Captain America
- What would disqualify me off army force? How well a criminal record effect enlistment? If i'm in JROTC does that effect enlistment?
- —Guest luis concha
- If age alone is an issue, then military personnel should be dismissed at the cutoff age. If you cannot be valuable to the military after age 35, then there should be no NCOs above the age 35. Your are 35, you're OUT! There is no rationale. People can join at 18 and be out in a few years, so the longevity argument doesn't make sense either. I think it is short-sighted to use age alone to discriminate. They are not getting some good people who have already spent time serving in public safety and other occupations and have developed good people skills and an even temperment. They would probably be less prone to depression and suicide than the average 18 year-old recruit. They would probably be more dependable than the average 18 year-old recruit. I have heard that retirement is an issue because you can't attain retirement by the mandatory age of 60 if you join after 40, but folks who want to join don't care. It would save money, anyway. Stick to physical and mental standards.
- —Guest I'mJustSayin'
To leinient on drug use.
- I honestly think their drug use standards should be stricter. Any hard drug should automatically DQ you, especially for LSD. As for marijuana, id say any use over 2 times should call for a DQ.
- —Guest Matt
Age restrictions are too tough
- I think the age limits are unnecessary. The idea is that you have to retire by age 60 with a minimum of 20 "creditable" years of experience. If an older person can pass the medical screening and the fitness tests then they should be allowed to enlist on a contract that specifies "not retirement eligible" and let those people decide for themselves if they want to serve without that future benefit. It's easy to open your own IRA retirement account and not have to depend on the gov't for retirement. There are plenty of other benefits to enlist for. People in their 40's and 50's can often work more efficiently than people in their early 20's. I do understand the other side of it though. The fact that a 19 year old will take orders without question much easier than a 39 year old would. Younger people can work long hours with little sleep easier than SOME (but not all) older people too.
- —Guest Old Sarge
why i wanna go to the millatary.
- i want to go to the millatary, to help are usa, and it will staighten me out as a person.
- —Guest cathlene
- The rules for homeschool students being a tier two is unfair. My son scored a 69 on the ASVAB and only got to enter as a tier 2. Homeschool students have to get at least a 50 to even sign up. Now if he can get a 69 shouldn't he be placed at the same tier as others who get that score. Now he is fighting for this country.
- —Guest Kite
good to go
- the long held opinion that military is all brawn and no brain is finally done away with. good job!
- —Guest kemi
- The military and listening standards are too tough because most Americans don't graduate high school or go on to college but are just as good
- —Guest Gregory bilhardt
- I think military enlistment is to tough, because they say you must complete all these courses and have all these requirements,but back in my grandpa's day if you didnt enlist you go to jail Well iam 23yrs old been to jail didnt finish high school but iam married two kids and trying to better myself for my family they should take that into consideration, and let people join who are willing and wanting to join
- —Guest Andrew
- At the age of 23, I started the enlistment process. ASVAB score was 98, at the time I was a personal trainer and at one of my highest physical levels... marines saw that I had heart surgery at 1, and have 3 kidneys in perfect working conditions. The doc straight up said "I don't know what that is" and dq'd me.. what a waste since I would prob have stood carrie. Now at age 32, married and with 2 small girls, I still find my self wanting to join, at least maybe as a reservist... -sigh-
- —Guest mike
want to be US army
- what cant i do to be in United States to get that Enlistment cause i don't have connection please help
- —Guest bruce bvundura
- It's really ayninong how often the press manages to be oblivious to obvious contributing factors. Don't even get me started on how utterly blind they are to the correlation doesn't equal causation principle.That aside: If the needs of the military provided motivation to increase resources and support for our schools, it wouldn't be unprecedented. The National School Lunch Program was fully established after World War II, because the military found that a high number of recruits and draftees were too malnourished to serve. So the real reason for the NSLP was national security.By the way, as a school food advocate, I sometimes encounter people right/libertarian types who grumble that parents, not the government, should be feeding their kids. When I point out that national security was the motivator behind the NSLP, it shuts them up 100% of the time. So wouldn't it be interesting if that worked with the anti-public-education curmudgeons as well.
- —Guest moEgurQCY