Skip to comments.WOULD YOU ENLIST TODAY, TO JOIN THE WAR ON TERROR, IF THE MILITARY WOULD HAVE YOU?
Posted on 06/29/2004 1:44:09 PM PDT by BagCamAddict
If there were no restrictions on age, weight, fitness, etc., would you sign up to join the War on Terror??
This is a vanity poll, due to the news today that the Army may be dipping into the Individual Ready Reserve pool. Several Freepers have indicated they would go if called upon, but they don't think they will be called due to their age.
Please post ONLY ONCE, and ONLY IF YOU WOULD GO, so that we can easily see the tally by looking at the number of replies.
yes-but at 59
Age 55, ready to go yesterday...and still waiting!
Age 65, I can't run as far as I used to, but I can still shoot straight too!
Last month, I put 12 of my 20 shots in the "X" ring from 600 yards.
Semper Fi Gunner
It looks like the same boat as most of us, to old but willing. If ever needed it looks like there is plenty of people willing to take up slack even if only stateside.
I'd happily join you in cooking duty,which is about the only skill I have,that I think could be useful.
I'm a 39 yr.old male ; never served ......
I would go without hesitation .
At my age, they wouldn't want me, but I have a lot of years of valuable job experience and would still be able to serve in an admin area.
Oh, I better not say it. But the punchline is, I still can't imagine anyone wanting to go to france.
Yes, I would
I would go in a New York minute! RVN 3/67-5/69, MOS 61Charlie. Give me a call, Uncle Sam!
BTW, THANK YOU for your service to our beloved country!
Calling someone a 'jerk off' betrays a lack of discipline.
Only difference is that I'm a year older.
Sure would. I love this country.
I can shoot well enough to win a FReeper postal match, too. :-) Lemme at 'em.
Age 38 here, yes I would go if they would have me!
Sometimes I think I should have joined up after high school instead of going to College.
Sinclair's refinery isn't far from me and I saw the giant dinosaur at the NY World's Fair in 1964 :)
Age 49, Am in good shape and would go. The draft ended during my senior year in high school, and the peace accords were signed and the troops came home the spring of that senior year. I went to a ROTC camp at Fort Knox for six weeks but then wimped out of going ahead and enlisting in the Army. Big mistake.
My son is a Marine reservist and is going to deploy to SW Asia in a few months leaving his wife and two toddlers. Pray for him. And pray for victory.
Yes, but it's easy for me to say. I'm 50, but can do 20 push-ups in a flash.
Yes, but at 62 I am a bit late.
I'm a 60 year old Nana and I would go in a heartbeat! Wouldn't have to ask me twice!
This thread has been very touching.
Besides the moral support that you provide, you're all also contributing by working hard and paying taxes. Without your financial support my husband and other members of the military wouldn't be able to do their jobs. This is a team effort.
So thank you to all of you for paying my husband's salary.
Good. There are other ways to serve your country. We still don't have enough backseat drivers and armchair generals. Somebody's gotta do it!
I've been trying to screw up my gumption and leave a message with my prior service recruiter. I'm more afraid they'll say no than yes. ;)
Age 52. Locked, cocked, and ready to ROCK!
I'll even dedicate my first round to the memory of CHESTY PULLER!
I'm 50, fat and bald(ing) but I'd go in a heartbeat. As long as W was the one asking me.
I applied to CIA after 9/11. Would go in a minute.
Right now, no questions asked. I'd go. My old MOS or present occupation, both needed
I tried to sign up, but they said I was too old.
I'd join in a heartbeat if I could use my mind and not my body - and by that I mean sit in an office far from the fighting and not be in any danger of getting killed.
AGE 45 NAVY VET
My (WWII Navy vet) Dad talked me into joining the Navy like he did, so I would "never have to sleep in a foxhole". If I could snap my fingers and be 18 years old, I would join the Marines right now. Sorry Dad, I said the nasty Marine word.
That's the idea. We keep giving Franken to 'em, they keep paying us to take the weasel back. We then finance the war against terror with the terrorists' money.
O.Henry would be proud.
"No, if the President asked for volunteers today I would not step forward."
"Good. There are other ways to serve your country. We still don't have enough backseat drivers and armchair generals. Somebody's gotta do it!"
wimpycat, you nailed it, pardner! We have to have those around that are more than willing to let someone else do the heavy lifting for them. You know....besides the cany-arsed French surrender monkeys, that is....
I am afraid that if they would take me, the cause is completely and irrevocably lost.
I'm gonna hold myself in reserve until the military exhausts it's supply of young punks and tired old freepers. Of course all this will be moot if Joque Le Kerry wins the election.
I'll even bring my own rifle. Wonder if they would let us form a Free Republic Brigade? The First Free Rifles?
59 and doing a slow burn, x-Air Force. Surely with all the money spent on people like us in training there is and has to be "something" useful we can do for those of us who are Warrior Patriots. 43250 when I left B-52 D& KC-135 A. Ready to keep em flying!
Voluteered for Nam in '68 so there's some rust on most of the body but still shoot "expert" and passed the CCP shooting course in my county. Kids are grown and gone, wife wouldn't understand why but would support whatever I decide to do. Always thought that if they started drafting again I could voluteer as an augmentee for law enforcement. And with our smart weapons nowdays it would take this old dog a while to learn the new tricks and be productive enough not to get my buddies killed.
ABSOLUTELY! When do you want me to report for active duty? Tomorrow morning?
My father was a WWII Marine vet....and was a D.I. at Camp Pendleton during the Korean War. Secretly I think my dad always wanted me to join up....but he never pushed it.
I do have some reservations concerning, "rules of engagement" et al.....but yeah, I'd go.
My dad talked me out of joining during Viet Nam era, (girls don't belong in the military, he said, still sorry I listened) I would go where ever my country needs me most.
Discussed this with my buddies, yeah, we'd do it, but our wives won't go along with it. 3 0-6s ready to roll in spite of our physical problems, being post op, and over 65. Unfortunately we're resigned to being bar stool warriors now.
Dumbsh!t new sign up yesterday. Can't read, I guess.
53 and ready to go!
Heck, just pull those goofy masks down over their eyes and we can take our sweet time kicking them to death!
Are there any 45 yr old Snipers currently serving?
I'm on the Inactive Fleet Reserve list (for life - another 'benefit' of Academy eduaction). No need for SWOs just now, but I've talked to a detailer on several occassions just to make sure. If and when the phone rings I'll be there if they need/want me.