Wednesday, February 09, 2005

50-Year-Old Re-Enlists in Army

From an Army press release:
Older enlistee trades in civilian life for Army training
January 26, 2005

Spc. Michael Crosby, a student at the 91W Combat Medic Training Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, conquers an obstacle course during physical training. Crosby enlisted when he was 50 years old.

Michael Crosby was having a mid-life crisis. But unlike the stereotypical fast cars and faster women; the 51-year-old chose a somewhat uncommon expression of his dissatisfaction – he joined the Army.
Crosby was eligible despite his age because of prior service.

Military leaders and politicians have pointed out that the US military needs to dramatically increase its personnel in order to carry out its missions. Current recruiting levels are inadequate to meet the need.

The Dread Pundit Bluto proposes that the arbitrary upper age limits for recruits be dropped and that anyone who can meet the physical requirements, regardless of age, be allowed to enlist. (The Dread Pundit Bluto first made this proposal here.)