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Old 11-15-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: USA
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Serious question here.

I have a college degree, but feel as if I'm doomed to work dead-end jobs forever unless I do something.

I'm older, but in great shape, 5'10" - 155 pounds and I have no physical limitations.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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The military services are allowed to impose more strict standards -- and many of them have. The maximum age for non-prior service enlistments for each of the services are:
  • Active duty Army - 42
  • Army Reserves - 42
  • Army Natinal Guard - 42
  • Active duty Air Force - 27
  • Air Force Reserve - 34
  • Air National guard - 34
  • Active duty Navy - 34
  • Navy Reserves - 39
  • Active duty Marines - 28
  • Marine Corps Reserves - 29
  • Active duty Coast Guard - 27
  • Coast Guard Reserves - 27
I don't know how accurate/up to date that above is and they may vary for officer entry programs.

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/f/faqenlage.htm
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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I'm in the USAFR, what I would recommend is you perhaps check out the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Maybe of interest. Good luck!
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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I looked up a few things on the Navy. They take enlisted up to 34 and officers up to 35. My dad was a Navy vet & that's why that branch interests me the most, but I'd also be willing to check into the Army.

I'll talk to a Navy recruiter tomorrow if I can.

I'd like to make a career out of the military if I can. There's a lot of age discrimination in any type of employment out there and I don't want to end up being one of those 45 year olds who've been on unemployment for over 99 weeks.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Whats the age limit for someone prior service? I'm 29.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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You're credited for your prior service, so subtract however many years you were onAD from your age, and that's what you'll be considered.


Also age waivers are granted, but you have to find a recruiter willing to work it, and be in tip top shape with no issues. For the Marien Corps specifically, for instance, an age waiver has to be able to complete a full Marine Corps PFT of 3 miles, p/u, and crunches, before he is allowed to enlist. While an applicant not requiring a waiver only has to be able to complete an IST with 1.5 miles where the recruiter will train with them to pass after they've enlisted. I had guy who just graduated from boot camp say he had a 30yr old guy in his platoon. I don't know if he was an age waiver or prior service though.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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What was your major?
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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My degree is in criminal justice w/minor in computer science
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: nc
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My dh is 34 and is at AIT for the army right now. If you have a degree you can go officer or enlisted.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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Sounds like you might be a good MP. I don't know really, I'm not a recruiter anyway. Of course, not all branches will take your major into consideration but you never know. If I were you, personally I'd go Army. With your 4 year degree the Army will start you out as a Specialist (E-4), which is the highest rank you can start out at with any of the branches. Unless you go officer, where there's more money but also more responsibility to accompany it.

Don't wait too long of course, because like me, your age puts you in the gray area where the windows of opportunity will be closing in due time and once that happens, that's that - you're stuck in civilian land where you'll have to embrace the suck and find a way to get over the opportunities that you hesitated to jump on.
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