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

Responses: 295


Not everyone qualifies for military enlistment. The military has many enlistment standards, and if one doesn't meet those standards, they don't qualify for enlistment, unless the military grants a waiver.

Prior AD, Honorable Discharge

September, 2014-I'm not following the the unbelievable standards for enlisting I'm reading here. Too many dependents? 10 lbs overweight? Not enough college credits? None of these would send you to captain's mast. The vets here know that somewhere there is some anal policy maker, wearing a starched uniform, typing up these standards up and logging them as fast as he can think of them. One angry, lonely SOB. The funny thing is that gang members and traitors are still getting in. [Hey DOD: Do you want patriots or terrorists?] I'm prior AD and Reserves, Good Conduct and Honorable Discharge. Older, but way too young to retire. I would serve in the Reserves again. Note: If you wonder why all these "older" vets want to serve again and aren't out using up their GI Bill benefits, it is because for 8 years we were denied one when we go out. No GI Bill. ZERO. It was called the VEAP era. Don't laugh..the gov't could eliminate that new GI Bill tomorrow.
—Guest 4Vets


Accept me i am a South African (+27787300757). I really need u to employ me. I'm intrested and i'll like to be a soldier of any choice. I'm really looking for a job please!

Just a chance

I understand that a lot of these regulations have been put here. To only get serious enlistees. But there is no reason why I'm not even given the chance because I have a GED !
—Guest Jared

Too strict

A majority of the standards are a joke. I don't have a shred of body fat on me, I can pass any PFT they put in front of me and I'm being told I can't enlist because I'm 8 pounds over the limit. And on top of it you have guys in there 50s who are in better shape than 80℅ of the teenagers in this country who are told they can't enlist. Overall its just a joke.
—Guest TD


I keep reading people say im older and in better shape then the younger crowd. The age limit is the age limit for reason. They didn't just come up with a random age and say that sounds good. How long is your 40 year old body going to be able to with stand everyday wear before your knees go.
—Guest dk

too old?

I'm 53, served 6 years in USMC, can't join reserves to take advantage of GI Montgomery Bill for education. I'm also a PRE-911 vet who is not eligible for education benefits. All of us PRE-911 vets who served in combat are getting shut out of education benefits for what reason? Why should we not be eligible for education benefits because we went to combat before 9-11?
—Guest Anthony2121

Serving Country

If no serious criminal act was done while under 18, young people should be able to enlist. How can we face today's young generation, and build strong nation. We can't, because we fail to educate, reform and change troubled young people in America. We don't give them opportunity, we tots them back in the Lion's mouth. Yes, yet let's give billions to young immigrants who illegally enter this country. Way to go Uncle Sam!
—Guest NADA

Inpatient stay for depression

Im 21, when I was 16 I had a rough patch and my parents decided to take me to the hospital for a night to be evaluated. This should not hold a person back from joining as long as there is no suicidal thoughts. I can pass any test physical or mental. The ASVAB is a joke to me. The physical requirements too easy. But because I was depressed five years ago for childish reasons I cannot join. I deal with stress daily as a firefighter, there should be a test to prove I'm psychology fit for duty.
—Guest Forged by fire

citizen deserve a chance

I for one stand by these folks who want a chance to serve our country, whether its height issues, single parents, age, ect. I dont believe repeat criminals deserve a chance, if they are unwilling to help themselve become a better person. but first time offenders? I admit ive made a mistake in my life, I was young and stupid but became a better person because of it. Some of these waivers are a joke and should be abolished under certain circumstances. Others are good to have in the system. But to say that a citizen isnt good enough to serve his/her country is pretty much saying that he/she isnt good enough to be an american. As our once great president; John Fitzgerald Kennedy so swiftly put it in his inaguration address to our nation: "Ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country". If an american who is willing to give their life for our country and wants to protect their fellow citizens and help our country flurish and be apart of the solution to make
—Guest mike d


My only problem with enlistments is the foolish twenty year retire rule. Most people coming into the military do not stay to retire. This vapid rule has kept good people many with training and education joining or reenlisting.

Medical enlistment standards

It seems medical enlistments standards, at least to me, are too tough. A person with mild medical issues if well maintained with medication should be allowed to proceed further into the entry process. It seems unconstitutional otherwise. If a person needs to take medicine once or twice a day max should be permitted to go into limited moving positions where they would still be able to access the medication. It would make no sense to send a person with this issue to an over seas mission where your base is constantly moving. If the position this person wishes to go into isn't overly mobile they should be able to move onto basic and be given the chance to prove they can work under the pressure. It doesn't seem right or constitutional that regular employers cannot refuse to hire someone based on medical histories or issues but exempt the military from this standard. It would be beneficial to allow persons with low maintenance medical issues to enlist if are otherwise physically able.
—Guest Amy Thompson

Tough Choice

There are a lot of reasons why a person would rather join when they are older as opposed to younger.Maturity, knowing what civilian life has done, and even a patriotic sense of pride.I myself joined at 29 showing my younger brothers that you can make things happen.The problem is, it is harder to join when you are older.The military doesn't go by age and treat you such.The military treats you according to rank.In that reason, a 40 year old private being overseen by a 22 year old sergeant is frustrating.Yes, I was better fit than most 18 year olds by far.I have the maturity level that surpases even my own leadership in most cases too.That is the problem.There is a discerning factor in all things.Even if you are in better shape or able to do more as you age, you are more stubborn.You see things in a more polorized light.As you get older you lose the maleable attitude that it will take to survive.If you are unwilling/unable to serve there are more ways to help.Help the community you live i
—Guest Raymond

im a single mom who joined the navy

This isn't true I was accepted into the navy reserve and I am a single parent .
—Guest cmelchior


Find it a little discouraging that my past marijuana use would disqualify me when I'm just trying to turn my life around and make something of myself. Oh well.
—Guest ss

Alecia swejkoski

Why do we have to wait 1-2 years possibly more before I can enlist? I can give full custody to my mother-in-law now, and I would like to get it started now.
—Guest Alecia Swejkoski

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