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    I am 44 years young, hold a Bachelors degree, and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. I am aware of the shortage in the Military. Trying to enlist is not an option because of the age limit. I just want to serve my country, and greatly feel that I am being held back due to my age. The military should raise the age.

  • #2
    I agree. If an idividual is in superior physical condition with high ambitions it should be up to the recruiter to allow any age. I know some guys in their 50's that can run circles around me. :o

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    • #3
      ok Coast Guard Auxiliary? is that a part of the coast guard like reserves? did you enlist into it? Again the age was just increased to 41, 364 days, an increase of 2 years. Im sorry you feel that way but the army cannot just enlist a whole bunch of Non prior service that are over 40, it does not make sense in the whole realm of things.
      Sorry I do not think the army or the army national guard will increase the age any higher anytime soon.
      Last edited by Specialist Purdue; June 26th, 2006, 03:52 PM.

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      • #4
        age limit to serve

        The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a civilian volunteer, non-police, and non-paid part of the Coast Guard.

        When you mentioned that it doesn't make sense to let people in their 40's enlist, are you saying that we are not fit nor intelligent enough to learn how to fight or to serve our country? That is crazy! Stength comes in numbers, not age. I heard that there is not enough young ones who want to enlist. So the troops are getting smaller and smaller. One day you will be under attack and out numbered, then what will you do? :confused:

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        • #5
          I am 31 years old and am looking at the possibility of joining the guard. My current boss is in the Army Reserves and is pushing that I look there for an opportunity. He is a full bird Col. What benefits are there in the Guard as opposed to the Reserves??

          How can I help convince my wife that this is a good choice for me??

          Thanks again!!

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          • #6
            [QUOTE=servemycountry2].

            When you mentioned that it doesn't make sense to let people in their 40's enlist, are you saying that we are not fit nor intelligent enough to learn how to fight or to serve our country? That is crazy! Stength comes in numbers, not age. I heard that there is not enough young ones who want to enlist. So the troops are getting smaller and smaller. One day you will be under attack and out numbered, then what will you do? :confused:[/QUOTE]


            I don't think he was trying to be offensive. I think he meant that it wouldn't make sense because if you enlist a 40 something year old then they would have to pass up a younger recruit to make room.

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            • #7
              The "sense" part is this, or how i think, lets just say they push the age to 45, now you enlist into the ARNG, lets just say you dont have college now you are a 45 year old private E-1. To get a full 20 years you would have to serve to 65... hold up though see you cannot stay in the military to age 65. 62 is the max age. So to get a full pension you wouldnt be able to stay. Thats why I personaly think its unpratacle. As a recruiter do i wish it was raised ? Sure there are plenty of older men and woman that want to serve now at 40 plus. But all in all the age limit is 41 and 364 days, and i have learned from my short stint in the military, it does not matter how much you might want something the army just does not like change.

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              • #8
                [QUOTE=Lwolfnky]I am 31 years old and am looking at the possibility of joining the guard. My current boss is in the Army Reserves and is pushing that I look there for an opportunity. He is a full bird Col. What benefits are there in the Guard as opposed to the Reserves??

                How can I help convince my wife that this is a good choice for me??

                Thanks again!![/QUOTE]

                Since my position is volunteer, I do not receive pay nor benefits. I suggest that you call a recruiter for the answers to your questions. Maybe you should ask your wife to take part in your meetings with the recruiter, and both go over the information. Just a suggestion.

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                • #9
                  age limit

                  I can see everyones point. I also feel that a younger recruit should not be turned down, we should be used as back-up. For my understanding is that the recruitement centers are having a difficult time to get younger people to enlist. I also see that this war is getting larger, and we only have so many troops to go around.

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                  • #10
                    Again the point is the age limit is not going to get raised again anytime soon. A 19 year old infantry soldier will on MOST cases out preform, out move, out run, out last a 45 year old. It is fact. The army cannot make a 1 by 1 judgement per person. I cannot talk for the army or what they think but that is what I think they think. If that makes any sense.

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                    • #11
                      [QUOTE=servemycountry2][SIZE="4"][FONT="Arial"][/FONT][/SIZE]
                      I am 44 years young, hold a Bachelors degree, and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. [/QUOTE]

                      Since no one has mentioned it, did you know that the
                      age limit goes up if you have previous military time? So
                      if you were in for at least 2 years when you were a lad,
                      you might still be able to serve.

                      Just throwing it out there ...

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                      • #12
                        age to serve

                        I understand what you are telling me, though look at the tennis player Martina Navratilova. She is almost 50, and can out perform tennis players half her age or better on the court. How about the kids/teenagers that only know how to move their fingers on their video games and are overweight? It is too bad that our country's Government is against age discrimination only when it comes to civilian jobs, and it is different when it comes to the military. I think the Government needs to read its history books about how the US was started. Do you think that all the militia and minutemen where 40 and under [not]? The main thing is we won the war against the British and the United States was born. I feel that this is the main objective, and the age game is very petty.
                        Last edited by servemycountry2; July 2nd, 2006, 02:23 PM.

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                        • #13
                          age limit

                          Just wanted to share an ecylopedia quote for age limit for militia:

                          The Militia Act of 1792 clarified whom the militia consists of; " Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, [B][U][I]who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted)[/I][/U][/B] shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act."(Wikipedia, pg1, 3).

                          Back in 1792, at least the Government had faith in a 44 year old.

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                          • #14
                            Don't take the age limit as a personal insult. There are several demographic reasons why the military has set age limits.

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                            • #15
                              age limit

                              I would be very interested in learning what those demographics are. I am not insulted about my age, I am just trying to represent to 40+ year olds that truly care and want to do something to protect our country and its citizens.

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