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

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What? I'm NOT in?

I been trying to go to the army for like 2 years! got my Ged,passed the asvab then got some college credits, BUT UNCLE SAM says i dont qualify for having a a gun charge!
—Guest zoned and amoed

Enlisting with Asthma

I am currently in the Air Force working in the medical field and have been in for almost 4 yrs now. Saying that you cannot enlist because you have asthma is not necessarily true. It depends on each situation. If it is exercise induced asthma then you are, in fact, most likely disqualified. However, there are waivers for all kinds of things these days. I sit down every Friday and do a medical record review of basic trainees just coming in and I see lots of people coming in with asthma. Some need waivers and some do not, it all depends on the severity and whether or not you would be able to perform your duties in a combat zone. I personally do not have asthma and no one in my family to my knowledge has asthma. However, when I was deployed for the first time in Afghanistan last year I had several panic attacks and had trouble breathing. Imagine that happening to someone with asthma. The qualification standards are in place for a reason, they are to protect people.
—Guest gapeach

should allow any age

i feel that if a person can meet basic phicical requirements he or she should be allowed to reinlist
—bronzestar1971

SO UNFAIR!!!

I dnt think tht jus because i dnt have a high school diploma or GED i shouldnt be aloud to join the armed forces. Ths is not my original country but it would be a great honor for me to serve in the defence of ths wonderful country which has provided so many oppertunities for me and my family. I think tht some of thes harsh requirments should be lowered....
—Guest JAZMIN TORRES

Mad woman

I think the age limit is not fair. I am a 43 year young in shape woman who wants to go in the Coast Guard Reserve to serve her country and they want to say I am to old!!!! I think something needs to be done about this.
—Guest Kristal Lewis

Help! I have falling and can't get up!

I'm 49. Gov. taking away my civil rights. Go fig! Gov. can put this up where sun don't shine!
—Guest Thomas

That's why JW's won't join the military!

Gov. Lies & greedy people. Read the Watchtower Mag.
—Guest Thomas

Go too fall!

My young brother is intellectual disability (MR) in the Millitary? What people don't have legs or arms? Hello!
—Guest Thomas

tier two

I HAVE A TIER TWO AND I CAN NOT JOIN EITHER. I THINK THAT IS SO STUPID AND THAT ISSUE NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO TO THE SUPREME COURT OR SOMETHING. IT SHOULD NOT STAND. I AM STRONG AND WILLING TO SERVE MY COUNTRY AND DIE FOR MY COUNTRY. HELL THE MEXICANS ARE GETTING ALL THE OTHER JOBS. ALSO ONLY TEMPS ARE BEING HIRED. I WANT A JOB AND A FUTURE. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. MY DAD SERVED IN ARMY FOR 24 YRS. MY BROTHER SERVED IN NAVY FOR 4 YRS AND I HAVE A TIER TWO DIPLOMA IAM TRASH. THANK YOU GOVERNMENT
—Guest tim

MVP

can you join the airforce even if your MVP is not that serous. i want to join in the medical part of the cardiac surgon part of the air force? will i beable to join
—Guest TONISHA

denied by the air for for having asthma

i think that the standards need to be fixed.i really think in unfair that i was denied for having asthma i was born with asthma so its not sport induced its just there. i can do everything that any non asthmatic person can do and with my determination bet i can even do more. i do gymnastics and i run track and work and dance oand i work out daily i dont think that this should keep me from serving my country its sad how they deny the people that really want to be there. they said it was because i was prescribed a inhaler that i cant join. illogical i will find a way to get in the military
—Guest coralis

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

I am permanently banned from military service due to a heart condition, but my real issue is with Don't Ask, Don't Tell. How is it that people are willing to die for a country that treats them like second-class citizens, and yet cannot even do that?
—Guest RachaelMC

High Standars Are Good

Think of how we are percived on a global level? The U.S. Military is one of the most powerful political powers on the planet. Should we allow just anyone to represetn us? Or do we pick the best of the best to uphold our constitutional reputation of Justice, liberty and the pursit of happinesss for all? Call me Crazey but I belive in civil service.
—Guest Camille

to easy

I spent 8 years in the air force during the early l960's and the requirements were stiff to enlist. Women had thier own basic tranining and jobs not integrated like now. Best thing that ever happened. Now the military takes people from foreign countries that are not even citizens. A background check is impossible. ei the nut from Fort Hood, Tx. Do you want them to be in a nuclear weapons unit, or to even be issued a weapon? What are the so called military leaders doing nowdays about enlistment. Same old crap as always. I would not advise anyone nowdays to be in the military. The benefits promised are not there, beware.
—Guest navigator

im trying myself

i dont no the whole situation yet about joining the army. BUT, i do no that i am over weight and im getting down to my body fat percentage and plan on joining within the next six months. i dont have anything that would keep me out of the military. OR SO I THINK. what all do i have to do to get in. cuz right now im training 5 days a week and really just want a brighter future for myself. ive always just wanted to serve because i believe every american should serve. i feel that if we are going to enjoy the american life then y not be apart of the solution. NOT THE PROBLEM.
—Guest matt h.

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