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    Orginally, I was asked if I wanted to go to air assault. Being 38 I told them that I did not feel that I was physically capable of doing that. The sergeant and the acting first sergeant asked if I passed the PT test and weigh and tape, After I told them yes, they told me I was going anyway. If I was 15-20 younger, I can see that. However, I believe that I am being put in harms way unnecessaryly. 1) Can they force me to go to air assault? 2) What can I do to help myself for this situation?

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    Do you know how old I am in this photo going through air assault school at Fort Campbell? I was 39 and that was six years ago. May 2005. I was 21 in my little Marine photo to the left.






    Before I was afforded to go to air assault school, I had to do air assault PT three times a week and pass it to be put on the OML. Since I was 39, there was always some PFC that was ahead of me so it seems that I will be only getting older before getting my turn. Now some guys could not pass the O course. Some had fear of getting up that high ladder (similar to Full Metal Jacket) or climbing a rope. And they had to do extra PT for the whole time they were stationed at Fort Campbell. So that was my incentive of going to air assault school so I could go home with the majority of the company.

    When I became an NCO again, I was pushed to the front since word came down that all NCOs needed to go first since they are obviously leaders. How can you be a leader in air assault division if you do not have wings?

    Since they are sending you; you must be passing the course unless they are just sending you since because you can pass the normal PT test. They should have tested you on passing the O course and doing the 12 mile ruck march in less than 3 hours. Then if you passed that and showed the desire to go; then send you.

    Do not let age be a barrier because I knew soldiers in their 40s pass the school as well as airborne.

    You should not be forced because there are soldiers who truly want to go and get their wings. Many people want this school and cannot due to funding or because they are not placed at a duty station that offers it.

    Give zero day a shot. If you cannot pass a 2 mile in 18 minutes after getting smoked on the O course; then you are going home. Or if your packing list is jacked up; bye-bye as well.

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    When I went to Air Assault school as a 19 year old, I had a 48 year old Soldier who pushed me on through. Like Chief Q said, don't let your age be a barrier for success.
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    I went through after kicking & screaming & getting turned down due to the age restriction they had back then. After I became a Senior NCO I pleaded the case that being Airborne Infantry I should be able to know about AA procedures. It worked & I got a waiver which evidentally isn't required anymore. I was 39 at the time & the maximum age then was 38.

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    I am still trying to get Pathfinder!!

    Anyway, Here are my air assault coins (one that was given to me at graduation and one that I purchased because I thought I lost the first and as a backup when they coin you).

    One of the happiest days of my military career. Also, pics at the location I was training at today. Isn't Germany beautiful?



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    And these photos have been cleared. As long as pictures are not taken at main gates and ECPs; totally acceptable. I like the second pic of the soldier who is abiding by the regs by saluting the flag as he walks past it.
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