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Too old to join the military?

Times have been tough lately and work has gotten really slow. I'm a skilled carpenter with some college coursework but still having trouble finding work. I've always had a strong desire to serve my country but the time never seemed to be right. Now, at 31, I find myself considering this again but now mostly for job security and possibly a pension. I have a wife, an 11 yr old, another one coming in 6 months, and a mortgage payment. Am I crazy for considering this? Will I be able to support my family and keep my home through the first few years?

Asked By: Charlie E - 1/17/2009
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You can enlist in the Navy or the Army. The Navy is up to age 34, the Army age 42... More
Answered By: NWIP - 1/18/2009
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Depends on if you want to go full or part time. Considering your situation, I would recommend Active Duty. Not only will your family be taken care medically, you will receive an allowance to help pay your mortgage on your home, called BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing), which is based off of your rank. You are not... More
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Answered By: militaryman - 1/17/2009
 
I believe the Army raised the enlistment age to 42.
Answered By: CJ - 1/17/2009
 
try hallibuton, bechtel, helmrich and payne, brown and root
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Answered By: grand lake bum - 1/17/2009
 
as long as your under the age of 42 and in good health and moral standings you should have no problems. Find your nearest recruiter and he/she should be able to give you a more detailed answer... More
Answered By: Mia Bell - 1/17/2009
 
yes u are young enough yes you will be able to support your family you will recieve BAH just for housing of your family go to an army recruiter and just sit back and enjoy all the benefits they send your way
Answered By: WHO KNOWS? - 1/17/2009
 
i believe the army will take people up to age 42. i could be a smart choice just be ready to deploy because you will. you should look at combat engineer. i don't think you will want to keep your house unless you dont mind your family living there while you are stationed some place else. i couldn't sell my house when my... More
Answered By: slim - 1/17/2009
 
Depending on which branch you choose, the highest you could possibly come in without a college degree is E-4(army), E-3(Air Force, Navy). You are too old to join the Marines however. You can look up military pay charts for 2009 and see what you would be making at that rank. Also, you will get a BAS allowance which is... More
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Answered By: Alex - 1/17/2009
 
join the reserve if you do not want to go full time active duty
Answered By: bones3600 - 1/17/2009
 
If by "too old" you are referring to your age: No, you are not too old. Additionally, there are a significant number of military careers that will enable you to continue (if you so choose) in your already established profession or move into something completely unrelated and vastly more profitable (at least in the... More
Answered By: x3473359 - 1/17/2009
 
31 is not too old. I do recommend the Navy or AF over the Army or USMC though since you have a family. Deploying for 12+ months is hard on families. The Navy and AF only deploy for 6 months at a time unless you are under special orders. It is an outstanding life choice and you seem to be in the right place to make... More
Answered By: Navy Sailor - GAI - 1/17/2009
 
Join the Navy as a Seabee.
Answered By: Adam V - 1/17/2009
 
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