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The cut off age for enlistment in the Marine Corps is age 28. The Army will accept recruits to age 35 and the US Air Force and US Navy to age 39. At your age, and having failed the ASVAB mechanical and electrical tests, there is little chance that the Air Force or Navy will accept you.
This leaves the Army. The standard MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) for Army recruits is either 11B (Eleven Bravo), Infantryman, or 11C (Eleven Charlie), Indirect Fire Infantryman- essentially part of the mortar squad. Heavy lifting is required.
Both MOS are open to females.
No law bars women from combat, but US military policy had kept female service members away from the front lines by banning them from artillery, armor, infantry and other combat roles. That has changed or is changing, so your seeing actual combat is not out of the question.
There is one more thing you need to be aware of: females who are your own age will have been in the Army for several years, some over ten. These women will noncommissioned officers and they will not socialize with you. Instead, you will be living in a barracks with girls 18 or 19 years old. Maybe you'll become their big sister, or maybe you just won't fit in.
Think about that. Good luck.0
I'm a bit burnt out, but it was definitely worth it.
I separate next year. I'll probably go reserves after.
You have travel opportunities and get to meet some amazing people.
You're forced to stay in shape and be healthy.
What branch are you thinking of joining?
I was 24 when I joined. My two other friends were 29 and 32.4
Yes it's worth it of course it depends on how you think of it and what part of the military you're with. But at the end of the day ur fighting for your country and freedom.0
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My ex-girlfriend was a sergeant in the Air Force, and she liked it. I think it just depends on the person and whether or not the military is a good fit.0
If it’s not for your country then I don’t think it’s for you. You can’t work for an employer if you do t like what they stand for. A lot of my friends including myself loved the hell out of this country, we still do to which we would have given our lives for if need be. But it’s a free country because of myself as well as my friends, also the thousands of people before us who went. I don’t know what the standards are today but it may help some to start running, unless you’re already in shape. It will take a toll on your body, especially boot camp. At least it did when I went in back in ‘97. I mean really I don’t think you’d be as worn down as someone like y self who went infantry, especially if you went Air Force or Navy. You may be worn down mentally if the requirements are the same as the Marine Corps as far as what time we’d get up. Had to be ready for PT at 0415. The. Come back by 5:30, shit shower n shave by 6, breakfast then start your training. Not a 9-5 either, they can wake you up when we the hell they feel like it. I don’t know what it’s like in a POG unit. I was infantry so we were always training all hours of the night, walking miles on end. I have scars on my feet from the blisters. But it’s all depends on you as far as what you make it. W every job there’s a lot you’re not going to like about it. You can’t just quit cause you’re locked into a 4 year contract at minimum. Unless you do something to get thrown out which most likely will end up w a dishonorable discharge which can have a lot of negative impact on your life. As for me, I miss it at times but a lot of times I don’t because of all the things we went through. It’s made me more keen on things, more courage in myself, speak up more. More aware of my surround songs, etc. It’s helped me w certain jobs as far as security. I have my medical through the VA, my disability which I guess uncle same felt I deserve a good chuck of changed every month. It all depends on you. I will say I loved the traveling, met a lot of friends who were more likely family.