After a 6 year stint and two years as a civilian, I joined back up at age 27. Let me tell you, the years of abusing my body are catching up.
An older guy (or gal) definetly has more experience, wisdom and judgement than a 19 year old. But there are drawbacks…
First, physically can most 42 year olds keep up to the standards?
Age, maturity and wisdom are all good, but the military needs blind obedience. Is a grown man going to jump when a 22 year old Sgt tells him to?
I would guess that most 42 year olds joining for the first time are pretty hard up and not doing well in the game of life. To a young guy, the 1,200 a month is decent money, but to an older guy?
I would guess that this new regulation is geared towards prior service soldiers getting back in, and National Guardsman.
Also, before I insult anybody, I realize that there are a lot of older guys who are in better shape than me, can out run, lift and out push me, could
whoop my ass, and show me up as the punk
kid I am. To those guys, no offense is meant, and sign up, we need good men.