Older citizens & the reserves & military
- I feel a strong need to contribute to the military at this time of war, especially since many of my family members are serving, but the military will not accept my help, because I'm 52 years of age. I have a Bachlor of Science in Accounting; graduating at the top of my class, from the University of Central Oklahoma. The last position that I worked, for 11 years, was as a civil servent for the State of Texas. I was an accountant that performed audits on some of the largest taxpayers in the country. I know that with my experance and education I could be an asset to the mility, but not on the front line. I belive it's very wrong since, to not allow me to contribute since I can't retire with Social Security until I am 72 years of age, twenty years from now. They need to allow us older citizens to serve, since I know that even the military needs goods accountants. Is there anything that I can do about this situation? I just want the a chance. Help me out, if you have any ideals.
- My mother adopted my two nieces and later, I also became their Guardian. After finishing my Masters in Electrical Engineering, I decided I wanted to go in and join the reserves. I was told that I'm defined as a single parent because I have any type of Custody and I'm single. I basically needed to get married to join. I speak 3 languages and have a College Education. I can't see how I couldn't have served my country. To add to it, I have 8 years of experience working on Military Networks.
- —Guest Guest
Too tough on single parents
- I am able bodied, fit, and more than willing to serve my country. I am a single parent of 2 daughters. I have more than enough family who currently help me with my kids. Their father is still alive. I don't see why I can't join and give myself and my kids a BETTER life. I shouldn't have to sign over custody just to join. Whether I am married or not changes absolutely nothing. That is a technicality. I would be a good soldier. I'm educated, smart, determined, and wiser now that I am 30. I have the help with my kids; I just need a chance. It's just bs. I was a child at 18. Now, I am prepared and willing for the responsibility.
- —Guest Bonnie C
Basic Train is to easy.
- Be a teacher if you want to serve. If you can't function at a minimum wage job while earning HS diploma and supporting yourself WE DON'T NEED YOU.
- —Guest retired army
Reason for Age Limits
- When I was in the army, I was told the reason for age limits was because someone in their late 30's or older were harder to train. They had to tear down the civilian then build up a soldier. I actually think the minimum age should be 21 because anything under that is too immature to know what they want. However, the military likes them young, green and without a criminal record.
- I agree in time of conflict you allow people that are not graduates in and extend the age limits. Here is the reality, the DOD is in draw down mode and can be picky. The big picture on people wanting to serve and not finishing high school or a GED THE ARMY sees you as a bad bet in a time of shrinking the force. They say they dropped out of something easy what makes you think you can hang in something that is not easy. I disagree with any aditional standards for people that for one reason or another didn't finish high school but showed an internal drive to get a GED. That is called initiative we like that in the army. The worst enlisted candidates are college grads. They come in as specialist and have the understanding as the private standing next to them. This is the quote I hear from all of them, "I came in to get my student loans paid." The hard facts is it doesn't take a genius to fight, but it does take intellect to lead. If you really want to serve I wish all of you the best.
- —Guest Camdawg
- I believe age limits should stay as they are,the one thing I would to happen is more of added incentive to make the service a career.
- —Guest Robert Koski
are military standards too tough,too lax
- i think the military standards are just about right because i joined the military the army national guard back in 1989 and i was injured sufferd left knee injury and was medicaly discharged i was overweight when i joinedand 31 years of age
- —Guest kevin l rickard
Accept all physically,mentally able
- I am 41, mother of daughter 21, son 16. I enjoy pretty awesome physical/mental health. Why shouldn't I have option to serve my country? If my son must be available, if necessary, why shouldn't a willing parent be utilized also???
- so i served had a bad run i rushed it and soon felt all the past issues slam me hard when i was gone was discharged, have been tryin to re enlist for almost a year now and am finally being given the chance i just hope that stupid history of depression doesnt fuck it up... yeah at 16 and ur dad is terminally ill of course youre depressed thats not a hard thing to comprehend is it?
- —Guest pfc johnson
- I Think they're just right except for things you cant control. Not being able to join because you dropped out of school or didn't exercise? You're fault. Not being able to join because you have glasses or are too tall? Doesn't seem right. (On a side note does anyone know I they'll let you be a pilot with contact lenses?) I know the worlds not fair though so don't bother with that response
- —Guest Pilot
Yea I Rant. It really shouldn't matter.
- Okay, so the military want's men and woman and boy do they need them fast, but on the other hand, hey how can some people join, if they drop out of school? Well certainly you must have a GED and 30 hours of collage, hmmm and you have to pay for collage, so Uncle Sam, Reduce the high standards, and let us American Citizens In. Or just loose the war because Mrs. Becky cant go anywhere today in Iraq, she broke a nail, and jimmy has a problem on his Apple macbook pro so, so looks like you have a hold up....hmm open the Mother F#*&n Doors man! Let us in, or just loose the war bra, your choice, be a D*#k or be plan and simple and let us fight for our country, to where you don't have to be "this" tall to ride "this roller coaster", indeed.
- —Guest Dawg Tag
too strict on ADHD/ADD
- they're way too strict on ADHD/ADD i think as long as u dont have uncontrollable impulses and can focus long enough to learn ur job u should be fine
- —Guest a future marine
loss of experience
- The Military looses from age restrictions because more experienced people are prevented from serving their country. I, for example, served when I was 18-21 and then embarked on a career which has left me satisfied. However, many my age wish to do something that 'matters' now more than when we were 18-21. The benefit of my 'life' experience is lost to those whom could most benefit-- the 20-somethings...
- —Guest LibertyTrooper
- Standards are too tough, surplus of able bodied citizens who would benefit the military, but age restrictions won't allow enlistment of such individuals.
- —Guest military aspirations