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Old 01-14-2020, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default 59-year-old Afghanistan veteran will report to Army basic training this summer

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Old 01-14-2020, 12:45 PM   #2
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Good for him.

I was told only certain MOS could get back in at his age (chaplain, doctor, surgeon, dentist).
They claimed there was no need for an overweight combat ATM repair tech.
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:05 PM   #3
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Not easy to do.
I attempted to enlist in the Marine Corp after 9-11 ,
and take a military leave from the Police.
I first spoke to the Administrative Lt. and told him
of my intentions. He said , "Good luck".

At the time I was 41 .
The recruiter said I was too old to enlist .
They wanted me , but my birth certificate was too old.
It didn't matter that I was in vicious shape .
It did matter that I had no previous military,
and would only be re-enlisting .
I was too old for a first time in
I had a 4 year degree and asked if I could then be
taken as an Officer. The answer was no dice .


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Old 01-14-2020, 01:36 PM   #4
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Not easy to do.
I attempted to enlist in the Marine Corp after 9-11 ,
and take a military leave from the Police.
I first spoke to the Administrative Lt. and told him
of my intentions. He said , "Good luck".

At the time I was 41 .
The recruiter said I was too old to enlist .
They wanted me , but my birth certificate was too old.
It didn't matter that I was in vicious shape .
It did matter that I had no previous military,
and would only be re-enlisting .
I was too old for a first time in
I had a 4 degree and asked if I could then be
taken as an Officer. The answer was no dice .


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Like when I wanted to go into the Border Patrol. I think I was around 35 at the time, and their cut off was 32.

I could have reenlisted up to 45, because of my prior service. But, they were probably pretty happy to get rid of me the first time.
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Old 01-14-2020, 03:10 PM   #5
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Like when I wanted to go into the Border Patrol. I think I was around 35 at the time, and their cut off was 32.

I could have reenlisted up to 45, because of my prior service. But, they were probably pretty happy to get rid of me the first time.
Most Law Enforcement Agencies subtract your military time
from the age limit .
I didn't know that Border Patrol didn't apply military time.


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Old 01-14-2020, 03:58 PM   #6
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Not easy to do.
I attempted to enlist in the Marine Corp after 9-11 ,
and take a military leave from the Police.
I first spoke to the Administrative Lt. and told him
of my intentions. He said , "Good luck".

At the time I was 41 .
The recruiter said I was too old to enlist .
They wanted me , but my birth certificate was too old.
It didn't matter that I was in vicious shape .
It did matter that I had no previous military,
and would only be re-enlisting .
I was too old for a first time in
I had a 4 year degree and asked if I could then be
taken as an Officer. The answer was no dice .


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It might be a USMC thing.

While A-Stan was hot, a US Army command sgt major approached me about joining. I had known him for 10 years already. At the time he brought it up, I had more than 10 yrs experience as an attorney, so he said I would go in at Captain or Major. (Major seemed unlikely...). I was fit and thin. He said they needed attorneys for SF deployments and with proper prep, he thought they could get me through SF school. I decided that was not the best option for my situation at the time. The guy suggesting this had been in the 19th SF group. Not sure if the whole thing was legit, or whether he was quacking out his butt.
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He speaks Farsi, doesn't he? He may be commissioned if he has a degree or certificate or a talent the Army needs but age limit is 46 so there must be something really special about the guy.
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John William Vessey Jr.

John William Vessey Jr. (June 29, 1922 – August 18, 2016) was a career officer in the United States Army. He attained the rank of general, and is most notable for his service as the tenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
A native of Minneapolis, Vessey was a 16 year old Roosevelt High School student in 1939 when he began his 46-year military career by falsely claiming to be 18 so he could join the Minnesota Army National Guard's 59th Field Artillery Brigade, a unit of the 34th Infantry Division

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We had a few WWII vets with us when I first joined my company in Nam. One nice old Sarge when the SHTF would stand up and walk around reassuring us and I guess was bullet proof.
I agree with aviator this guy has some special qualities they can use. Good for him.
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Not easy to do.
I attempted to enlist in the Marine Corp after 9-11 ,
and take a military leave from the Police.
I first spoke to the Administrative Lt. and told him
of my intentions. He said , "Good luck".

At the time I was 41 .
The recruiter said I was too old to enlist .
They wanted me , but my birth certificate was too old.
It didn't matter that I was in vicious shape .
It did matter that I had no previous military,
and would only be re-enlisting .
I was too old for a first time in
I had a 4 year degree and asked if I could then be
taken as an Officer. The answer was no dice .


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We tried for Blackwater for yah Merc but our damn timing was off. They were winding down when you applied and you talked to my neighbor Kevin. After Bagdad was taken they were begging for police officers as grunts ain't trained in police work. They give em a hard time they just choot em.
Kevin was going to put me on as a door gunner with him till he realized I was almost legally blind. "Tim yer frigging blind we would have to get you a seeing eye dog."
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He speaks Farsi, doesn't he? He may be commissioned if he has a degree or certificate or a talent the Army needs but age limit is 46 so there must be something really special about the guy.
Age limit for the US Army for prior service is 42 plus the number of years of prior service.
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Age limit for the US Army for prior service is 42 plus the number of years of prior service.
Military medical officers can be commissioned up to age 47 and upon certain conditions age requirement may be waived upon the qualifications of the applicant, as in having a special skill that they need.

For the regular Joe is 42, yes.
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Military medical officers can be commissioned up to age 47 and upon certain conditions age requirement may be waived upon the qualifications of the applicant, as in having a special skill that they need.

For the regular Joe is 42, yes.
Yes. For the needs of the Army they have exemptions for people with special skills.
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Yeah, I'm sure the guy knows a lot more than what they are telling us.
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I will be 56 years old in March. I started as a E1 and retired as an O5. I would LOVE to go back to basic training; to do it all over again! Basic training was a shitty experience, but one that is probably the most memorable one you'll ever have in your lifetime. I'd do it again in a heart beat!
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For the regular Joe is 42, yes.
My dad's uncle was drafted into the Army in WWII at age 41. They put him on a base in Florida.
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