A Recruiting Spooktacula
age is just a number
This is going to be an interesting dynamic.
Under a new policy change, active-duty Air Force and Space Force applicants can join up to the age of 42 -- meaning the services are now willing to take the oldest recruits out of all the Department of Defense military branches.
A screenshot of a notice to all air missions, which was first posted on the Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page where airmen share inside information, read "the entry age limit has changed from 39 to 42." Leslie Brown, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Recruiting Service, confirmed the memo's information to Military.com and said the policy went into effect Tuesday.
"The Air Force made this change to align with [Department of Defense] policy," Brown told Military.com on Thursday. "This opens the aperture to allow more Americans the opportunity to serve."
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The new change applies to active-duty airmen and Guardians, both officers and enlisted, Brown added, saying the intention was to give those recruits an opportunity to "to serve a full 20 years since the retirement age is 62. "
The increase in the enlistment age comes nearly one month after the Air Force announced it missed its active-duty enlistment goals for the first time since 1999. Other services have also taken the same approach in recent months.
In November, the Navy raised its maximum enlistment age from 39 to 41, citing the need to "widen the pool of potential recruits, creating opportunities for personnel who wish to serve, but were previously unable due to age."
I hope DOD medical is ready for this, I guess they are…but still.
We’ve seen this in Ukraine, but that is a nation in an existential war.
We are at peace, relatively.