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Old 11-10-05, 01:10 PM
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When are you TOO old to enlist in the military?

Army, Air Force, Marines...


When do you become TOO old to enlist?

And when you do sign up, would you be in a group of 18 and 19 year olds?
Old 11-10-05, 01:16 PM
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I remember reading that 32 was the cut-off
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I seem to recall for the reserves/national guard the cut off might be 35. WRT your other question you probably would be for basic training.


http://www.goarmy.com/JobCatList.do?...eer%20Explorer
17-34 years old (17-39 years old for Army Reserve)

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Old 11-10-05, 01:24 PM
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I seem to recall them raising the age (or talking about it) recently.
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Old 11-10-05, 05:38 PM
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There are 60-70yo CIA operatives in Afghanistan right now. These guys started during the Vietnam years.

I dunno about the regular military. Join up with the spooks if the army won't take you.
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My bro-in-law just enlisted at 25. He was in basic this last summer not only with a bunch of 18 year olds, but some even younger who join the millitary the summer before their seniors year in HS and do their basic before school starts. One of those stupid kids in his squad ripped her summer uniform the day before graduation so they all had to wear their dress uniforms in August in Souther Missori.
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I'm still considering the idea at 28, it just doesn't fit in at all with any of the other plans we have in life obviously. If I wasn't married, I'm pretty sure I'd be in Iraq right now. But as a joint decision and in the interest of our family, I don't think I'll be signing up in the near future. I haven't closed that door though.

Yeah, I'd feel pretty old right now going with 18 year olds in basic. I can't imagine how old I'll feel in 2-3 years. I'd have to seriously train up for 6 months or so before enlisting or I'd be out with an injury, no doubt. Come to think of it, maybe I should get in better shape either way.
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Thor, they'd probably just put you behind a computer drawing army men for their next videogame.
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Originally Posted by Roto
Thor, they'd probably just put you behind a computer drawing army men for their next videogame.
Yeah, after boot camp I know I'd likely be stuck in an office somewhere. Counter-intelligence would be my dream... creating flyers for distribution that show terrorists have surrendered and embraced Western philosophy by placing pancakes on their heads... or operating satellite feeds, creating promo materials, dolphin trainer, whatever... lots of things for the old farts to do. Ah, if only it could pay what I make now I'd consider it. The mortgage demands otherwise. I wouldn't even mind the field, to be honest, once I was back in shape.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Counter-intelligence would be my dream...
That's interesting! Why would that MOS be your choice? It is the most deployed MOS in the military -- tough job! (I have the highest respect for those guys; not knocking them at all.) It's just not a career that you hear many people put on the top of their list.


To the OP -- The different branches have different cut-off ages. Their respective websites would give you the current info. If you're toeing the line but are shit-hot with your PFT and/or ASVAB scores, I'm sure there's a way to get a waiver. They need folks that want to serve.
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Originally Posted by Jalizarin
That's interesting! Why would that MOS be your choice?
Hard to explain, but I'll try. In school I always like sticking notes on people's backs and having people laugh at them. It would be much more fun sticking notes on people's backs that get them to walk into an airstrike.

Obviously there's more to it than that, but it will do.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Yeah, after boot camp I know I'd likely be stuck in an office somewhere. Counter-intelligence would be my dream... creating flyers for distribution that show terrorists have surrendered and embraced Western philosophy by placing pancakes on their heads... or operating satellite feeds, creating promo materials, dolphin trainer, whatever... lots of things for the old farts to do. Ah, if only it could pay what I make now I'd consider it. The mortgage demands otherwise. I wouldn't even mind the field, to be honest, once I was back in shape.
OK, I'm tired, I read this as "creating porno materials"...

Yeah, that would be cool. I wonder how many people get stuck behind a desk, though...
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Originally Posted by Pistol Pete
There are 60-70yo CIA operatives in Afghanistan right now. These guys started during the Vietnam years.

I dunno about the regular military. Join up with the spooks if the army won't take you.
I believe most federal agencies with field positions cut you off at 37.
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Originally Posted by shoppingbear
OK, I'm tired, I read this as "creating porno materials"...
That's a no-no after Abu Ghraib.
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When I was in there was a limit (35?) but if you had prior service, you could add the number of years you'd served. My best friend was 32, and we thought he was an old, old man. I was the second oldest in our class (yearlong course in Korean for MOS 98G) at 20.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
That's a no-no after Abu Ghraib.
You can do it.Think how popular Rushdie became after Satanic Verses. You even get a fatwah on your head as a bonus.
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I remember that if you had prior military service you could re-join as long as you could complete 20 years before you reached the age of 60. I had 9 years which means I could go back in as long as I'm not older than 49.

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