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Marines Try to Recruit 78-Year-Old Woman
Yahoo ^ | 3/25/06

Posted on 03/25/2006 5:15:12 PM PST by Mr. Brightside

Marines Try to Recruit 78-Year-Old Woman

Sat Mar 25, 4:28 AM ET

SAUGUS, Calif. - Sonia Goldstein was flattered by the nice recruiting letter asking her to consider becoming one of "the few, the proud." But at age 78, she believes she's just a little old to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

"I couldn't believe it," Goldstein told KCAL-TV on Friday. "My girls were sitting here ... we were in hysterics, we laughed so hard."

The letter told her the corps could use her unique language skills, but also warned that life as a Marine would test her physical and mental abilities "beyond anything you've ever known."

"There I am with my walker. I can't maneuver from here to there without it," said Goldstein, who added that her only language is English.

"I'll do whatever I could for this wonderful country we live in," she said. "But you know, this is kind of stretching it a bit."

The Marines ordinarily recruit people 18 to 27, said Maj. Joseph Kloppel, a corps spokesman. He said the letter must have been sent by mistake.

"Seventy-eight is obviously too old," Kloppel added.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anamericansoldier; granny; grannygunny; marines

1 posted on 03/25/2006 5:15:15 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

Big deal. A mailing list error.

But we all know the media will hype it to milk some perception that the recruiters are desperate.


2 posted on 03/25/2006 5:17:16 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Mr. Brightside
So....which Gen Xer got the letter asking him to join the AARP?
3 posted on 03/25/2006 5:19:07 PM PST by decal (My name is "decal" and I approve this tagline)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I've got a week's pay that says she could kick Jimmy Carter's ass.

4 posted on 03/25/2006 5:20:08 PM PST by Fintan (Hey, you can't make this stuff up.)
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To: Fintan

Hell, I'd give a week's pay to watch that fight on Pay-per-view.


5 posted on 03/25/2006 5:22:13 PM PST by thoughtomator (Pacifism is objectively pro-terrorist)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I saw this story earlier on a forum for Marines that I frequent. Somebody said something like 'They'll let her keep her walker, but she'll have to double-time around carrying it at high port'. LOL!


6 posted on 03/25/2006 5:29:48 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Mr. Brightside

Well, she could visit the USMC recruiting station with the letter, and sort the things out.


7 posted on 03/25/2006 5:34:17 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Mr. Brightside

I got a paper cut at work today. Perhaps that will make national headlines?


8 posted on 03/25/2006 5:35:27 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: Mr. Brightside
Man, I'm 42 - too old to re-enlist in the army - I work out three days a week, and I can't even get pinged by the gaddamned Coast Guard Reserve.

I am so not feeling my groove right now.


9 posted on 03/25/2006 5:41:13 PM PST by Viking2002 (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

CBS

Sonia Goldstein, 78, thought it was hilarious when she received a recruitment letter from the Marine Corps.

10 posted on 03/25/2006 5:50:52 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Viking2002
"Man, I'm 42 - too old to re-enlist in the army - I work out three days a week, and I can't even get pinged by the gaddamned Coast Guard Reserve."

However, you might be able to get on at Old Navy. :-)
11 posted on 03/25/2006 6:08:12 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Rage is the fuel that powers the islamic machine)
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Oh, you're a big help (roll eyes).


12 posted on 03/25/2006 6:11:05 PM PST by Viking2002 (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Cadence call:

Standing Tall with my walker
Not a Marine, but I'm a talker.

Ain't no use in looking down
Ain't no Ensure on the ground

If I die on the Russian Front
Bury me in Depends, grunt!

1 - 2 - 3 - 4....

13 posted on 03/25/2006 6:11:56 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet
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To: Viking2002

Sorry - some things I just can't resist. *grin*


14 posted on 03/25/2006 6:14:25 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Rage is the fuel that powers the islamic machine)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Geee, maybe there are more than one Sonia Goldstein's on this planet... what a stupid non-story.
15 posted on 03/25/2006 6:15:24 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Viking2002

I'd love to help ya out- I wandered into the Marine recruiting station after 9/11 while I was recuperating from a 5x bypass, to see if they'd take a prior service Marine back.

They didn't.


16 posted on 03/25/2006 6:15:31 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Mr. Brightside

The same day the old bag also received a letter from Ed McMahan claiming that she may have already won.......


17 posted on 03/25/2006 6:19:10 PM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: LoudRepublicangirl
The same day the old bag also received a letter from Ed McMahan claiming that she may have already won.......

...an all-expense-paid trip to MCRD. Ed McMahon is a Brigadier General.

18 posted on 03/25/2006 6:23:35 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: LoudRepublicangirl
The same day the old bag also received a letter from Ed McMahan

Old bag... LOL! thats harsh!

19 posted on 03/25/2006 6:33:03 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: SteveMcKing

That could have gotten you a Purple Heart in John Kerry's old outfit.


20 posted on 03/25/2006 6:33:07 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (President Bush isn't absolutely perfect,but he is absolutely less flawed than his critics .)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Apparently no more Sonia Goldsteins at that address though.

Sheesh! We need to take up a collection to pay for you a sense of irony transplant.


21 posted on 03/25/2006 6:40:08 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (President Bush isn't absolutely perfect,but he is absolutely less flawed than his critics .)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I get recruitment mail from the armed services all the time. Apparently they have my name on some mailing list. Why am I not being interviewed on national TV?


22 posted on 03/25/2006 6:43:34 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 119:1-96)
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To: decal

Me at 29 no joke.


23 posted on 03/25/2006 6:43:57 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: decal
I think I got invited to join AARP at 22. I was still a student then--certainly not retired. I respectfully declined by disposing of their mailings.
24 posted on 03/25/2006 6:44:21 PM PST by dufekin (US Senate: the only place where the majority [44 D] comprises fewer than the minority [55 R])
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To: F.J. Mitchell
Sheesh! We need to take up a collection to pay for you a sense of irony transplant.

Perhaps. Would it be any more ironic if she received a penis enlargement solicitation in her email?

25 posted on 03/25/2006 6:56:01 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Mr. Brightside
Semper arthritis!
26 posted on 03/25/2006 7:10:50 PM PST by dancusa (Appeasement, high taxes and regulation collects in the diapers of bed wetting liberals.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Could be, I suppose, though I don't really see the connection. Nor the need to drop the discussion below the belt.


27 posted on 03/25/2006 7:13:18 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (President Bush isn't absolutely perfect,but he is absolutely less flawed than his critics .)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
what a stupid non-story.

It's a amusement. The incongruity is part of life's rich tapestry.

Sonia thought it was funny. The reporter thought it was funny. I thought it was funny.

28 posted on 03/25/2006 7:25:40 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Have a beer (Offer not vaild in Canada)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Guess I took it the wrong way. The headline made it sound like the military was so desperate for recruits, they resorted to going after senior citizens....


29 posted on 03/25/2006 7:29:47 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: dancusa

Not bad!


30 posted on 03/25/2006 7:36:10 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s
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To: Mr. Brightside

I'm not too old after all!


31 posted on 03/25/2006 7:36:47 PM PST by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
My Father-in-Law is in his mid-70's. A couple of years ago he received a letter from the US Army offering him a Commission if he would volunteer his services.

He is a retired Veterinarian who specialized in diseases of Poultry.

Scary.

32 posted on 03/25/2006 7:37:23 PM PST by TommyUdo (The De-Looks Shore Dinner)
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To: TommyUdo

I think that there are special rules for recruiting military doctors. 70+ may be a little old, but I am given to understand that the skills are so desireable, that medical professionals in general get HUGE consideration.


33 posted on 03/25/2006 7:42:16 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: MikefromOhio; Old Sarge

Too funny!


34 posted on 03/25/2006 7:47:00 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Bob Taft for Impeachment)
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To: Riley
Incorrect. McMahon retired as a Colonel in 1966, no star.
35 posted on 03/25/2006 7:51:07 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Riley
He was involved in the Newcastle's Disease eradication programs here in CA during the early 70's for the USDA and did some other work in similar areas for both the State of CA and USDA.

He figured US Army+Newcastle's and other weird avian virus work=Biowarfare stuff, so he passed. His brother, who did some of the same work and is a bit younger is consulting with the Navy for something or other.

36 posted on 03/25/2006 7:59:29 PM PST by TommyUdo (The De-Looks Shore Dinner)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Incorrect. McMahon retired as a Colonel in 1966, no star.

I knew that he left the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel. It's been fairly widely reported that he is either a Brigadier or an honorary Brigadier in the California Air National Guard.

37 posted on 03/26/2006 4:36:11 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Old bag... LOL! thats harsh!


That was harsh I admit. But I think she made a big deal out of nothing. I get spam for Viagra and Levitra and that doesn't seem to be a problem for me because I'm not a guy. The media just wanted to make it look like the military is desperate so they made a story out of nothing.
38 posted on 03/26/2006 4:36:34 AM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

McMahon retired as a Colonel in 1966

Back in the day when you could respect many of the Hollywood stars.


39 posted on 03/26/2006 10:17:48 AM PST by fjsva
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To: Viking2002
Man, I'm 42 - too old to re-enlist in the army - I work out three days a week, and I can't even get pinged by the gaddamned Coast Guard Reserve.

Good News! You got your chance. Call an Army recruiter.

The Army has raised the enlistment age to 42.

FORT KNOX, Ky. (Army News Service, June 22, 2006) – The Army has raised the enlistment age to 42, made possible under provisions of the Fiscal Year 2006 National Defense Authorization Act.


40 posted on 06/23/2006 1:17:26 AM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Mr. Brightside

I don't know but I been told
Sonia's ***** is mighty old.


41 posted on 06/23/2006 1:45:53 AM PDT by Jhensy
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To: Fintan

Yep. Don't f**k with grandma if you know what's good for you!


42 posted on 06/23/2006 1:52:31 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good Grandmas

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

43 posted on 06/23/2006 1:57:33 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
But we all know the media will hype it to milk some perception that the recruiters are desperate.

Desperate or totally inept.

44 posted on 06/23/2006 2:21:51 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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