Skip to comments.Soldier, 55, about to graduate from combat basic training
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.
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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.!
I found BCT at Fort Leonard Wood demanding at 18. Now? No way.
What a collection of SanFran a-holes in the comments section of that article!!
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.
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.
I did not see how to access the comments?
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 !
Since when are 55-year-olds accepted into Army basic training?
Yes my post was sarcasm to the max, LOL
Joke's on him--the Army doesn't care about pull-ups!
First rule of the Army: everything's waiverable.
I was lucky to make it through BCT at 19.
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.
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...?!!?!
KUDOS to him, though....
Nice. Maybe part of Dad's incentive was to have some time away from his disrespectful brat of a kid.
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.
I just scrolled to the bottom of the page and there they were.
They do not show on mine. weird.
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”
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.
Active Duty ping.
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
I went through Army basic when I was 23 and it was hard enough, especially the marching. Got a âmarch fractureâ and âshin splintsâ by forcing a longer stride than my 5’7â 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.
Did you get any disability for hearing loss? I got 10% for type 2 diabetes. They claimed agent orange in Vietnam contributed to it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Is that a misprint...or are you a woman who "bulked up"?
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.