Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Hey Republicans! You can stop saying you are too old to go to Iraq now.

I often ask war supporters why they haven't signed up to go to Iraq and stand on the front lines yet. The younger ones usually don't asnwer, because frankly, they don't have a good answer. As most of us already know, Republicans and Bush supporters want to tout Bush's talking points and scream about the need for the Iraq war, but they would rather some kid they didn't hang out with in high shcool go "git 'er done". Many of these war lovers immediately jump all over me when asked the question, claiming that they are just too old, and that they would go if they would be admitted.

Well, step away from the computer and start packing. Your time has come.
Strapped by Iraq war, U.S. Army now accepting recruits as old as 42
Associated Press
Posted December 5 2006, 5:18 AM EST

PETERSBURG, Va. -- As the World Trade Center rubble smoldered, Sharon Samuel felt determined to do something for her adopted country; she decided to enlist in the Army. But the Army told the Brooklyn hairdresser she was too old.

Samuel got a second chance this year when the Army increased its maximum enlistment age to 42. So, off she went to Fort Lee, about 25 miles south of Richmond, for training in logistical support.

She has joined more than 1,460 people in the 35-42 age bracket who have enlisted in the Army and Army Reserve since Congress authorized extending the enlistment cut-off beyond age 35.

The change is part of an effort to help the Army reach its recruitment goals amid an unpopular war and mounting casualties.

It is also part of an effort to become more inclusive, said Col. Kevin A. Shwedo, director of operations, plans and training for the Army Accessions Command, which oversees recruiting. "The overall population that you're talking about is minuscule, but what we're gaining in terms of experience and maturity and desire is phenomenal," Shwedo said. "Virtually every one of them is called mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, but they bring a special flair to every soldier in that group."

Of the nation's military services, the Army has the highest age limit, with the others ranging from 27 to 34, and up to 39 for reserve components. Most branches consider waivers for those over the age limit who have prior military service.
So, there you have it. Republicans, war supporters, and Bush lovers alike; GET THEE TO YOUR LOCAL RECRUITMENT OFFICE. Since all of your big mouths never stop flapping, you now have a chance to put your money where your mouth is. I mean, if a 42 year old female hairdresser originally from another country can do it, I don't see why any of you are still here.


Blogger Brad said...

That's hysterical. They want to be more "inclusive?" Were they really getting flak that the army was age-biased? That's priceless.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I'm too Fat!!

Can any War really be supported? What is/was the alternative to the Iraq War. Didn't the US have a responsibility in getting Saddam Hussein out of Iraq? If the US left it at that in 2003 - what would be going on in Iraq today? Who would be protecting the people of Iraq? Who would be in power?

1:14 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

Wait-you're too fat to go to war? I didn't know there was a weight limit...

4:51 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

"Wait-you're too fat to go to war? I didn't know there was a weight limit... "

Too fat to pass the physical test that are given, maybe?

Eric, YAWN!! Why was Iraq chosen then? Don't we have the same responsibility to the Sudan? To Iran? Venezuala? Russia? Cuba? North Korea?

9:20 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

phriendly jaime -- True - they don't have a weight limit... I was thinking about some of our military movies - Jarhead, Full Metal Jacket, etc,etc.. And couldn't imagine being at boot camp at 33 years old and having someone yell at me about how i made my bed. "now give me 20"... I think my kids would like to see that though...

9:09 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Terry - OIL! but you should already know that... And we do have a responsibility -- THE US will not be sending any IPODS to North Korea.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Looks like you've got a troll Jaime.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

Eh...I am not Swac Girl-so all are welcome.


5:23 PM  
Anonymous JeffConn said...

Cripes! You can retire from the military with 20 years service at 38 (or 37 if your parents let you come in early). And trust me, guys in their late 30s and older in the military (like me) are not keeping up with the younger folks physically. Just try being 44 and doing pushups against a 20 year old. It's rather humbling. I can't imagine a person in his late 50s being able to keep up in the Army.

4:43 PM  

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