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

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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

Too tough

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

once tried

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

better with age

Being prior service,I believe I could still do my job, if not better than before. In your mid 40's, the maturity level is so far above the youngsters, allowing us "old guys" to work smarter, not harder. We know that when the job gets done, it's done. I, in my mid 40's, have got past the old phrase "never time to do it right, but always time to do it again." Guys of our age can take orders and discipline better. I promise you, I could go through the main engine room on a 210' CG cutter, blindfolded, and find the fuel x-fer manifold just by the smell. How many of these yougsters can do that?
—Guest a1way

military enlistment is a joke

I think the army is wrong for changing the regulation. the enlistment should be 18to 40. the gender discrimination needs to go out the window, if a soldier can do the job physically and mentally then let them.
—Guest soldier

There should be no age limit to enlist

I,m soon to be 58 and in good shape, with the desire to serve. I believe we should all be aloud to serve in some way, especially in the reserves.
—Guest Greg

I tried to join up last year!

when I was 34 and had a hard time finding my transcripts cause they could not find them for some reason even though there was proof of attendance. Sargent dude said i had to ship out before my 35th b-day cause then i would be too old. I was ready to go and serve my country and leave my boring life behind and for good reasons too but too much red tape screwed me and they had just changed the age limit back down to 35 from 40 . guess i should have signed up earlier. I'm a pretty smart dude and i thrive on teamwork. oh well.
—Guest awesome bill from dawsonville

Too Tough!!

Family responsibilities early in life kept it from being expedient for me to join the military. I now am established in marriage and my own children. I have taken practice ASVAB tests with no study and scored in the high 80's to mid 90's. I have read that the average ASVAB score of kids out of school is around 70. I run a business and I can tell you the morals, ethics, work ethics, mental toughness and capacity, skills, common sense, motivation and strength are becoming far and few between. I know how hard I have and will continue to work. I can work circles around people half my age and still have more to give. If a person is willing and capable of serving, I say let them. There is a lot to say about age and wisdom. Case in point, I am 40 and sometimes work 18-20 hour days and I have employees that work 6-8 hours and are spent. Who would you rather have on your front lines? Recently I also tested myself on PT requirements and almost scored the level of warrior on all of the
—Guest sgsellsit

one grain of rice can tip the scales

I am that grain of rice that will tip the scales in our favore
—Guest Travis robert violette

age limit

I truly believe they should have kept age limit at 42. Being you have to be registered for selective service to vote. In our country time of need... Age wont matter when uncle sam needs us.
—Guest corey

Reality 101!

In 1968 when I joined all of us veterans were either drafted, volunteered to serve or joined the Reserves/Nation Guard. Our standards were very high compared to the young warriors of today. Training to survive was the word of the day and yes it was tough! The TEAM concept was the word of the day. If you failed your mission you knew that smoke was about to come your way and often harsh. My war was different than yours of today as it was different during older wars. If you DO NOT meet the standards then you are NOT going to get in… period. This is called Reality 101!
—Guest Tom


I am 44 and in extreme excellent shape and health.. I think it should be a choice and up to age 45 to enlist. To serve your country..should not depend on an age.
—Guest alma


A person who atntdes a college or university and successfully completes at least 15 semester or 20 quarter hours of college-level credit. Successfully completed means that the individual earned college-level credits (level 100 or higher) toward a degree in higher education from an institution listed in the degree granting section of the current version of the Accredited Institutions of Post-secondary Education (AIPE), published by the American Council on Education for the Council of Post Secondary Accreditation. NOT all institutions listed in the current AIPE are considered as offering college-level credits. The credits must have been earned through actual classroom participation at the institution awarding the credits. Note: For the Army, completion of college courses below the 100 level will be accepted for enlistment if the course is clearly identified as a college level course and credit will be recognized by the college towards graduation and degree completion requirements. An original letter on the college letterhead stationary is required to verify the status of courses completed.
—Guest mRmGWuRmgf

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