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Old 04-16-2018, 04:44 AM
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Location: Central Massachusetts
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My best fitness test score was when I was over 50.
I managed to pass the army fitness test all the way until I reached 58 before I left the service. I know a few soldiers who had late starts. Keep in mind that your fitness test as a 31 year old has a different standard to an 18 year old. It is actually harder and has a higher top standard than required for that same 18 year old. To complete the APFT you need 60 points in each of the 3 events (pushups, situps, and 2 mile run). This is the current APFT but that is the army. My suggestion is for you to join the AF or Navy. The fitness tests are different but bear in mind that the same principle applies to their PFT with regard to what is required for an 18 year old to a 31 year old.
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:56 AM
 
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Sorry but IMO (and remembering basic training in 1969 at 19 yrs old) your age will give you a lot of trouble unless you are in Olympic Athlete shape. At about 30 most bodies are staring to wind down unless you work your body like a borrowed mule all the time.

There are other ways to serve if you ask around.
It is possible to stay in great shape far past 30. At 45, I run about as well as I did when I served in my 20s and can do about the same number of pushups and pullups (I weigh about the same, too).
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I went in at 17. What were you doing then that you didn't decide in joining? Keg party with the varisty football team??
This is my question as well.

The military is something you want to “knock out” early in your life. There’s nothing worse than being outranked by people younger than you, excluding officers.
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... There’s nothing worse than being outranked by people younger than you, excluding officers.
I am not sure about that.

As I was nearing High-Year-Tenure most of the people who out-ranked me, were all younger than I was.
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:43 PM
 
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Way back in 1969 in the Navy,BUDS program one of our instructors claimed no one over 27 had ever passed the course. he said this to a 29 year old former USMC fella who came over by extending into the Navy for 4 years .Too bad for him he was gone before Hell Week. The body just cant recover fast enough to survive the relentless day to day pounding.
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:19 PM
 
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I liked older workers when I was in the Navy. They did not complain, worked hard, appreciated everything. I would look at the Air Force first...good luck!
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