At 30 years old I am hoping to hear from like minded individuals who have also enlisted "later in life" or from those who are younger who have served with or maybe went through BT with older peers. 8 years ago I spoke with a recruiter and completed the steps up through the pre-asvab testing (which I scored somewhere around 80). I was rejected due to pending legal issues which have now been dealt with. Would this help or hurt my chances? I am more determined to enlist now then I was when I was younger. And im hoping the record of my attempt might somehow show positive initiative effort on my part.
Im in good physical condition, 6'0" 160 lbs I have a year in college under my belt, but do not foresee myself as going right in as Officer, I have researched and feel that signing up as enlisted is the right choice for me.
I have a strong background in computers, hardware and software, and is what I was going to school for. I have always been drawn to all things technical and electronic, so that is why I feel the navy is for me.
any and all information/support is appreciated and thank you.
I forgot to mention that my legal issue was damage to property (graffiti/tagging). It was a felony conviction and I was on probation for it at the time I was attempting to enlist. I have since served my probation, and it was expunged and dropped down to a misdemeanor. It was the only thing ive been convicted and also the last time I got into any trouble with the law whatsoever.
Wow very interesting. This is literally the first time I've looked at this forum and yours is the first thread I saw. I am also 30 and considering enlisting. I don't even have as much school as you under my belt. I am concerned about going in at this age as well.
You need a degree to become an officer in the Navy as a civilian. 34 is the current age limit for enlistment. An issue will be the felony conviction. It will require a waiver, and that may not happen. The Navy still considers it a felony.
The age itself will not be an issue unless you make it so. Just remember a lot of your seniors will be younger than you, but unlike you will have been there, done that.
As to the conviction, you can ask the recruiter to put you in for the waiver, but don't hold your breath. The economy is still not that great, and there are a lot of folks with no issues whatsoever that want to enter the military.
I enlisted in the Navy reserves at 31. Granted I went in on the old APG program. I made CPO n less than 10 years,Im now working on 15 years, adn looking at my 3rd deployment. Your age will work for you & possibly against you. You will be more mature and small crap sholdnt bother you as much. But, some older people are set in their ways and cant handle younger people or anyone, for that matter telling them what to do, especially if they dont see the benefit.
Like others have said they still might DQ you. I think the fact that you tried and didn't get in, did what you had to do and now are trying again should help you rather than hurt you. If you have any kind of volunteer work or community service that would help you big time. It would show that you made a mistake but are trying to better yourself, others, and your community. I am 28 and leave in for Great Lakes in a few days so your not the only old guy. Good luck
I just started to research this topic and found these posts. I am 31 and Monday I will take my oath and enlist with the ANG. I will be going the officer route and I think like many at a more seasoned age I don't fully understand why I'm doing this. I just feel that I need to do this. I think there are a group of us in the 30-35 pool that feel unfulfilled in life and want to do something more in life, something more meaningful. If anyone gets a chance and hasn't seen it, google AMC A Path To Honor. Part 1 talks about enlistment and although the kids in this are 18, it partially describes how I feel. As for anyone considering joining now is the time. They are going to reduce troop force and not be able to do medical/criminal waivers much longer. I don't have any second thoughts or cold feet about signing. I embrace it. Best of luck to all and thank you to those already serving.
Five years ago I enlisted at 32. It is true that your age can work for or against you. For the most part it has worked for me. The important thing is to have a good attitude. You will be junior to alot of younger people. This never bothered me, and it paid off for me. Your maturity will help you in that you might find yourself better able to handle the transition than others who are fresh out of high school.
It will work against you in that as you continue on in the Navy, you will find you are age-disqualified for some of the programs the Navy has to offer, but there are almost always other alternatives. For example, at 37 I am currently too old for OCS but In a few years I can drop a package for LDO.
If you are able to join, I would encourage you to use your maturity in a positive way. Remember that there will be 18 and 20 year olds in the fleet with more sea time and experience than you, so don't think they don't have anything to teach you.
Also expect to be given leadership roles in Boot Camp.