Army Life Begins at 40

Men and women in their late thirties and early forties are being welcomed into the Army and Army Reserve. The services recently raised the maximum age limit from 35 to 42 for new recruits.

This change comes as an effort to reach recruitment goals amid an unpopular war and mounting casualties and help the service become more inclusive.

Close to 15-hundred people that are 35 and older have been welcomed into the Army and Army Reserve over the last year and a
half.

Before shipping off to basic training, the recruits must pass medical examinations. They also must undergo the same training exercises as younger recruits.

Older recruits make up less than one percent of the overall recruiting class. But Colonel Kevin Schwedo says older soldiers have better problem-solving skills and are better able to deal with stress.


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