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Uncle Sam doesn't need him ("Tears-in-your-beer" alert)
The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | Aug 18, 2003 | staff writer

Posted on 08/17/2003 7:46:44 PM PDT by yankeedame

Uncle Sam doesn't need him

August 18, 2003 - 10:37AM


He's one of Hollywood's toughest - but Bruce
Willis isn't tough enough for the US Army.

In his latest film, Tears of the Sun, Willis played a hardened soldier on a rescue mission in central Africa. But the real US Army was less than convinced by his GI potential, as they rejected his application to sign up, reports Hello! magazine.

Willis admitted in a magazine interview that he was "devastated" by the snub.

"Years ago I wanted to register as a volunteer but they told me I was too old."

The 48-year-old, whose father served with the Army in Germany, still feels he has what it takes to be a soldier, however.

"I believe I have good leadership qualities," Willis said.

Commenting on his role in Die Hard, Bruce also observed that being an action man rather suits him.

"Above all, I look much better dirty, bloody and covered in mud."

He'll be reprising that image in Hostage, his forthcoming thriller about a police hostage negotiator. And he's also signed up for a fourth instalment of the Die Hard series.

AAP


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brucewillis; usarmy
Ah...hello! This guy is an actor. He gets lots and lots of money reciting words other people have writen for him and for pretending things other people tell him to pretend...

P.S. And check out the face of Uncle Sam

1 posted on 08/17/2003 7:46:45 PM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
Do you assume that just because he is an actor he isn't a proud American?
2 posted on 08/17/2003 7:51:40 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: yankeedame
The 48-year-old, whose father served with the Army in Germany, still feels he has what it takes to be a soldier, however.

"I believe I have good leadership qualities," Willis said.

Now Brucie ...do you wanna be a soldier or a leader...you have to be one before you get to be the other...or you figure given all your "combat" experience you get to go right to the top The ought to let him in just to teach him a lesson...

3 posted on 08/17/2003 7:54:16 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Do you assume that just because he is an actor he isn't a proud American?

Of course not! I'm just saying that just because he acts the part part of a soldier in the movies, doesn't mean he automatically has what it takes to be a real one in real life.

4 posted on 08/17/2003 7:56:00 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: yankeedame
You know how many thousands of 'actors' served in the military?

Somehow he is less qualified than a fry cook?

Jeesh.
5 posted on 08/17/2003 7:57:10 PM PDT by LaraCroft ('Bout time)
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To: yankeedame
I believe his father was in the Army - he was born on a Military base in Germany - perhaps he has a great respect for the Military and, like many sons of military men, wishes he could "be like Dad"?...... just a thought......
6 posted on 08/17/2003 8:05:06 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I have to wonder how hard he tried and when.

My recruiter and I are getting the paper work together for me to join the NG at 42. I am prior service but a non prior service can join until they're 36.
7 posted on 08/17/2003 8:26:21 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: Kadric
My husband is former Marine Corps and has been trying to get back into Reserves himself....... perhaps this story isn't true..... naw, the media is never wrong....lol
8 posted on 08/17/2003 8:28:17 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Kadric
Oh, and congrats to you and best of luck...... we appreciate those willing to serve!
9 posted on 08/17/2003 8:29:33 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: yankeedame
This is old news.
10 posted on 08/17/2003 8:31:46 PM PDT by Sir Gawain (Too much Bozo Spew broke my bozo filter)
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To: Kadric
Do you get to go through Basic again?
11 posted on 08/17/2003 8:34:18 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
If your husband is over 40 he's got a surprise coming at the physical. It's not the same as the one they give the younger guys. I had to go to Fort Campell for mine and was getting some really wierd looks from most of the people there, the one girl just could not get it that I didn't have a ID card or unit. I'm not sure what the age limits are for the Reserve. I'll see if I can Find out.
12 posted on 08/17/2003 8:35:00 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: Hoplite
No, but wish I did this is a new game for me. I was in the USAF 79-86, so I'm entering a completely different world. I can go Special Forces if I want, but am looking at EOD.
13 posted on 08/17/2003 8:38:19 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: Kadric
Good surprise, or bad surprise? lol
14 posted on 08/17/2003 8:39:05 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Well when they tell him to bend over and spread them the doctor doesn't just look.
15 posted on 08/17/2003 8:41:05 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: Kadric
Did he at least buy you dinner? lol
16 posted on 08/17/2003 8:45:23 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Nope
17 posted on 08/17/2003 8:50:56 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: Kadric
I know the Selective Service folks stopped caring where I moved to when I was about 26. I sent 'em a change-of-address notification and they replied that I didn't have to do that any more 'cause I was too old to draft.

18 posted on 08/17/2003 8:56:28 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: Kadric
That's just not right......
19 posted on 08/17/2003 8:56:31 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Kadric
They're letting zoomies into my beloved Army without the proper training and indoctrination?

What's the world coming to?

Seriously though, best of luck to you in whatever MOS you choose to pursue.

20 posted on 08/17/2003 8:57:59 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: PLMerite
It always tickled me that when I got out after 7 years at 25 with 6 month to go till I was 26 I had to register before they would give me my discharge.
21 posted on 08/17/2003 9:01:54 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: yankeedame
Of course not! I'm just saying that just because he acts the part part of a soldier in the movies, doesn't mean he automatically has what it takes to be a real one in real life.

This from someone who probably doesn't realize how many actors joined the military and actually fought in World War II.

22 posted on 08/17/2003 9:06:52 PM PDT by Paul C. Jesup
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To: Hoplite
I'm kind of mixed on it but would not mind basic due to the totally different mission profile. My training involving defense was how to destroy the crypto and ECM gear if the base was being over ran, then run for my life while scattering the parts. And according to one of the rumors at the time running for your life involved getting away from the aircrew.
23 posted on 08/17/2003 9:07:00 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: Kadric
My recruiter and I are getting the paper work together for me to join the NG at 42. I am prior service but a non prior service can join until they're 36.

No Sh!t ?

I thought all of us guys over 40 couldn't get back in.

24 posted on 08/17/2003 9:10:27 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: yankeedame
LOL. I was 31 when at Ft. Lost-in-the-Woods for those first
three months (OSUT). They thought I was too old (even
though not quite so by regulation). ...made it, though. :-b
25 posted on 08/17/2003 9:13:20 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons. mention. backlash.)
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To: 2111USMC
You have to have enough Prior service to be able to get your 20 in before you turn 60. In my case with 7 years prior active service I have until I turn 47. 20-7=13, 60-13=47.
26 posted on 08/17/2003 9:14:02 PM PDT by Kadric
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To: 2111USMC
The top age when I was in was 34 for enlistment, 32 for
officer training. ...only one of the "old men" who
made during that cycle at that post, AFAIK. The others
did the suicide and injury thing.
27 posted on 08/17/2003 9:16:42 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons. mention. backlash.)
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To: familyop
C-4-2, class of '86

= )

28 posted on 08/17/2003 9:18:48 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Hoplite
enlisted type, 12-B-H, ARNG, '89-'96
29 posted on 08/17/2003 9:21:24 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons. mention. backlash.)
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To: familyop
What's an 'H', Combat Engineer type, 1 ea?

I'm familiar with the Infantry alphabet soup, but that one escapes me.

30 posted on 08/17/2003 9:49:50 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Hoplite
Hotel = instructor = assistant instructor for me

...can't talk about what kind of schools on this board
for the world to see. The basic, earlier MOS was 12-B.

And with the senior NCOs of the time (who were good men)
being a little less educated, I did most of the teaching.
...with all due respect, of course. Heh, heh...funny
thing is that I was made a temp. CPL (instead of
the SPC, which is all the home unit TOE allowed for)
to do the schools. ...rest of the time, you know, the
field (but just "weekend warriors playing army," LOL).
The schools thing was way pud compared to the usual
schedules. Boyo, is life good now!
31 posted on 08/17/2003 10:18:11 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons. mention. backlash.)
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To: Hoplite
Fixed my tag line (below and right of this line).

Essayons (means "Let us try" - In other words, send us crazies
when the "Follow me" types get stopped by deep doo-doo
devices). ;-)
32 posted on 08/17/2003 10:29:43 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: familyop
Uh oh.

Super secret squirrel stuff.

Mum's the word, then.

33 posted on 08/17/2003 10:47:49 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Hoplite
what about my congrats too, Hoppy? I sign the paperwork in a week or so. I'm either MP or SFer...:) Of course, have to endure their training, not a problem from a physical standpoint, is it will be fun...:)) don't ya think? So, when do you re-up? I'm using my vast Marine Corps experience to hooo-yahhh...
34 posted on 08/18/2003 12:34:24 AM PDT by alternatediscourse (Dosta!)
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To: yankeedame
REAL REASON:

The United States Military DOES NOT enlist new recruits older than 35 years of age, plain and simple!

35 posted on 08/18/2003 12:38:06 AM PDT by Wondervixen (Ask for her by name--Accept no substitutes!)
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