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Friday, July 22, 2005

Uncle Sam Wants Your Decrepit Soul

Just when I thought I'd be home free in seven weeks, the Defense Department quietly requested to have the maximum age of recruits in all branches of the military raised to 42 years of age. So if you thought by turning 36 you'd be safe from getting recruited or drafted, guess what? Uncle Sam is willing to take your decrepit soul.

This excerpt is from an article that appeared in the July 19th edition of the Army Times.

Uncle Sam wants you – even if you’re 42 years old

By Rick Maze
Times staff writer

The Defense Department quietly asked Congress on Monday to raise the maximum age for military recruits to 42 for all branches of the service.

Under current law, the maximum age to enlist in the active components is 35, while people up to age 39 may enlist in the reserves. By practice, the accepted age for recruits is 27 for the Air Force, 28 for the Marine Corps and 34 for the Navy and Army, although the Army Reserve and Navy Reserve sometimes take people up to age 39 in some specialties.

The Pentagon’s request to raise the maximum recruit age to 42 is part of what defense officials are calling a package of “urgent wartime support initiatives” sent to Congress Monday night prior to a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee.

At that hearing, David S.C. Chu, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said he felt the military’s recent problems with recruiting were improving, but that additional incentives would help.

Chu mentioned the age change in passing during the hearing but gave no other details, such as whether any of the services were seriously considering recruiting 42-year-olds.

Click here to read the entire article in the Army Times.


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