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Soldier, 55, about to graduate from combat basic training
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Jones

Posted on 05/28/2014 4:27:13 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Old soldiers never die, they just do more sit-ups.

Just ask Sgt. 1st Class John Taffe of Alameda. At age 55, he can do more sit-ups - and push-ups, and barbed-wire maneuvers - than most people half his age. He graduates Thursday from combat basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, one of the oldest soldiers to ever do so.

"When I left for Missouri, my 15-year-old son said, 'Dad, I hope the Army knocks you off your high horse.' Now I can tell him, 'Nope. It just made me stronger,' " Taffe said Wednesday.

To make it through the grueling 2 1/2-month training, Taffe ran up to 5 miles a day, did 40-50 pull-ups, 150 sit-ups and practiced hand-to-hand combat techniques that left him bloodied and bruised.

Perhaps most difficult, he was forced to give up coffee and beer.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: army; military

1 posted on 05/28/2014 4:27:13 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Out performing kids one third his age?
LOL I will BET his presence was a morale booster! Made the kids want to keep up with Gramps!
Good for the Sgt.!


2 posted on 05/28/2014 4:35:52 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I found BCT at Fort Leonard Wood demanding at 18. Now? No way.


3 posted on 05/28/2014 4:36:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What a collection of SanFran a-holes in the comments section of that article!!


4 posted on 05/28/2014 4:36:14 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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5 posted on 05/28/2014 4:39:30 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Mr. Mercat, early 70s, will begin his bike ride across the state a week from Friday. He and 1000 of his best friends will average up to 70 miles a day for 7 days.


6 posted on 05/28/2014 4:40:57 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If a 55-year old can successfully complete basic training, then basic training has been dumbed down to irrelevance. Just do it by online and mail it in.


7 posted on 05/28/2014 4:42:24 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316

bump


8 posted on 05/28/2014 4:43:59 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: T-Bird45

I did not see how to access the comments?


9 posted on 05/28/2014 4:44:50 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison)
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To: centurion316

I’m sure you’re right because the 55 yr old record for the marathon is 2:25 and every soldier under 25 can beat that, right?


10 posted on 05/28/2014 4:44:54 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation
I’m sure you’re right because the 55 yr old record for the marathon is 2:25 and every soldier under 25 can beat that, right?

Shirley, you jest !

My AF basic was a breeze then, and it would be a breeze now. SAC Trained Killer here !

11 posted on 05/28/2014 4:50:30 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: centurion316

Since when are 55-year-olds accepted into Army basic training?


12 posted on 05/28/2014 4:51:22 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: onona

Yes my post was sarcasm to the max, LOL


13 posted on 05/28/2014 4:53:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
To make it through the grueling 2 1/2-month training, Taffe ran up to 5 miles a day, did 40-50 pull-ups, 150 sit-ups and practiced hand-to-hand combat techniques that left him bloodied and bruised.

Joke's on him--the Army doesn't care about pull-ups!

14 posted on 05/28/2014 4:54:29 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: luvbach1
Since when are 55-year-olds accepted into Army basic training?

First rule of the Army: everything's waiverable.

15 posted on 05/28/2014 4:55:27 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I was lucky to make it through BCT at 19.


16 posted on 05/28/2014 5:02:32 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The impetus for giving up his comfortable life by the bay was mostly financial. He and his wife were going over the family's budget last year and saw the cost of college tuition for their two teenagers looming before them. Taffe had already spent 14 years with the Navy, and by adding another six years with the reserves he could greatly increase his benefits, he said.

He's also deeply patriotic, and enjoyed his previous stints in the military and as a government security contractor overseas.

"I wanted to re-enlist after 9/11, but my boss at the time said, 'No, no and no,' " he said. "So this was something I've wanted to do for a long time."

The Army does not have age requirements to enlist, but those over age 55 need a waiver and everone must pass certain physical requirements. Taffe was 54 when he enrolled, missing the waiver requirement by just a few hours.

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If the Prez were not a black LIBERAL, HOW do you think a San Fran paper would have reported this...?

Remember when he was first elected and the Press CONGRADULATED Obama for the high unemployment, and the way he was HELPING FAMLIES SPEND MORE TIME TOGETHER...?!!?!

TOTALLY DISGUSTED.

KUDOS to him, though....

17 posted on 05/28/2014 5:07:31 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"When I left for Missouri, my 15-year-old son said, 'Dad, I hope the Army knocks you off your high horse.'

Nice. Maybe part of Dad's incentive was to have some time away from his disrespectful brat of a kid.

18 posted on 05/28/2014 5:15:19 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: lonevoice

true


19 posted on 05/28/2014 5:16:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"I found BCT at Fort Leonard Wood demanding at 18."

I did AIT at FLW in the winter of 74-75.

I'll never forget a guard duty I pulled from 0200-0400. Snow to my knees and a bitter cold that I'd never experienced in the Mid-Atlantic. No one shooting at me but still glad that it's in the rear view mirror.

20 posted on 05/28/2014 5:17:08 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Michael.SF.

I just scrolled to the bottom of the page and there they were.


21 posted on 05/28/2014 5:22:08 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45

They do not show on mine. weird.


22 posted on 05/28/2014 5:52:00 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"To make it through the grueling 2 1/2-month training,..."

Well done! But I wonder what his initial training was for. Combat engineers (combat type) were there for 13 weeks last time I saw it.


23 posted on 05/28/2014 6:00:17 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"When he returns to the Bay Area next week, Taffe plans to join the Army Reserve and return to his job as a security specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda."

Oh, okay! I see. That explains his age, too (cutoff age for us was 34). Anyway, well done!


24 posted on 05/28/2014 6:03:00 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: luvbach1

I’m 55, I should go back in the Navy - just to get out from under the bootheel of the hausfrau. I can dream, cant I? - I could not pass basic, I’d succumb on the marching “grinder”


25 posted on 05/28/2014 6:07:02 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority everac)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

did 40-50 pull-ups.

No he didn’t, I’m sure they meant to print push-ups.

Good on this guy though for going out and doing it.


26 posted on 05/28/2014 6:10:11 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; ...

Active Duty ping.


27 posted on 05/28/2014 6:42:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: centurion316

That’s for sure.No way a 55 yo could have done basic

Training as what existed in 68,at least what I experinced

before coming down with double pneumonia and did the

rest of basic after getting out the hospital riding jeeps.lol


28 posted on 05/28/2014 6:46:14 PM PDT by Harold Shea
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To: atc23

I went through Army basic when I was 23 and it was hard enough, especially the marching. Got a “march fracture” and “shin splints” by forcing a longer stride than my 5’7” frame allowed. Got bronchitis but got to ride to the firing range for a couple weeks until that cleared up; then incurred significant hearing loss in my left ear by being forced to fire a M-1 Garand rifle without ear protection(I protected the right ear by pressing it against the stock of the rifle). In those days (1961) the Army apparently considered you a sissy if you wanted to protect your hearing. I tried cotton in my ears but Sargent on range told me to remove it. No way could I have gone through all that at age 55.


29 posted on 05/28/2014 6:48:35 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: luvbach1

Did you get any disability for hearing loss? I got 10% for type 2 diabetes. They claimed agent orange in Vietnam contributed to it.


30 posted on 05/28/2014 7:24:00 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17
Did you get any disability for hearing loss?

I applied for it. They scheduled a hearing test but I received the notification four hours after the scheduled test. I was reported by office to have been a no show and I got a letter of denial of disability from VA. Appealed that successfully and got another test scheduled that conflicted with a long-planned move to CA from VA. Got a letter in CA from VA that my application was still pending. It's been close to 3 years. I may not live long enough to get compensation. There is no question what caused my hearing loss.

31 posted on 05/28/2014 7:32:37 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Nobody thought I could do it but I went into Infantry/Airborne schools at Harmony Church, Ft Benning in 83. I was thankful to go through the Church and not the modern Sand Hill(ton).

They told us we had it easy compared to those who walked before us. Training standards dumbed down.

I weighed 118 lbs on my induction date, months later I came out at 165 including my blood wings.

Damn near killed me.


32 posted on 05/28/2014 7:58:48 PM PDT by Finatic (Sometimes I think it would be nice to just get it on and get it over with. Once and for all.)
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To: Finatic

Airborne school is much easier now as opposed to the early eighties and earlier. In short, the school was made easier to accommodate females, end of story. No pull ups, no break area procedures, no gig pit, no heart break hill, etc.


33 posted on 05/28/2014 8:47:23 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: onona

I went through USAF basic in 1960 and it’s was an 8-week joke. We spent about three hours at the range. There was a lot of “admin” time that would’ve been better spent at the range and doing PT. I understand that it has been toughened up over the past few years. My first tour in the Philippines was like a vacation. Eight hours duty daily then the rest of the time drinking San Miguel. Good thing we weren’t attacked then. About a year later I got assigned to a small station in Italy. We went on full alert. We went to the supply warehouse and by the time I got there, all I got was a web belt and a tin pot.


34 posted on 05/28/2014 9:18:48 PM PDT by Ax
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To: centurion316

“If a 55-year old can successfully complete basic training, then basic training has been dumbed down to irrelevance. Just do it by online and mail it in.”

YEars ago at the peak of our involvement in Iraq (when the military was overlooking felonies just to keep the troop levels up) I read a conversation with a DI who said they weren’t trying to flunk people, but help them get through. This was around the time those two girls were captured (Jessica Lynch and Shoshana Jackson?); they had no business being in the army, and were easily taken.


35 posted on 05/29/2014 4:07:06 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Finatic
I weighed 118 lbs on my induction date, months later I came out at 165 including my blood wings.

Is that a misprint...or are you a woman who "bulked up"?

36 posted on 05/29/2014 5:12:07 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: lonevoice

And here the father is sacrificing to put this spoiled brat through college? That’s a problem. Let him figure it out for himself, Dad. He obviously knows everything.


37 posted on 05/29/2014 4:49:03 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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