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

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hawk eye

i am 17 years old. i tried to join the army to get a position as a sniper. i passed almost every requirement they threw at me. i did their eye sight tests and the recruiter said that i was what his branch called a "hawk eye" and apparently that is really good for a sniper. i am a damn good shot. i had parental consent and everything. but they said NO. screw you army. your requirements are bullsh**!
—Guest lucas

too big

After reading mostly about age and education standards, I was always wondering why the Military has a weight reqiurement? If you don't meet weight, they test using an un-accurate test for body fat... a good thing to work for "overweight" indivduals would a practice PRT and if they could meet minimum, allow them to join up and prove that they can hang in with the other recruits, not everyone is genetically inclined to be a certain size... I for one have been busting ass to meet BF standards and my recruiter told me if I meet a certain measurement, I could go through... but according to documents I would still be "too big" to join
—Guest bigpotentialsailor

spelling test

I'd say that most of the respondents here should be happy they don't have a spelling test! One of the prerequisites for following written and oral instructions would likely be the ability to read and write. Bt dnt be dicsouragd yu cn still coleklt trash in yur twn!
—Guest shocked

mad woman

i am 42 years old and was told i disaqualify due to age limitation exceeding your birthday of age 42 and one day....that is very misleading, and understand your discouragement as well...it states on their national guard page 42 prior to shipment for basic....but more specificially on their age, height, and weight page....i too have been rather discouraged and would have liked to had the opportunity to serve our country...i will be 42 for another 3 days...being told i cannot serve today was like getting hit in the gut....i have a college degree in criminal justice and would like a career in related field....and feel that the military could help keep me focused while achieving my current and future goals....i feel that the age limitation should be just that...whatever the age restriction is until one day before they turn their next age...after that date should not be able to qualify....it has been disappointing day for sure....this policy should reflect what the advertisement states.....
—Guest laurie

Age Requirements

I am a former National Guard Member (6 Years). Would like to join again. Don't care about making "retirement", already retired from civilian job. I just want to help my country, why should I not be allowed to join. Will sign any kind of waiver giving up my retirement from military. I know there is a job I can help with.
—williasa354

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

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