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I want to join the army but I'm really weak?

 
 
ryouko
 
Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 02:08 pm
I'm still young, so I have plenty of time to re-evaluate this decision, but I'd really like to join the army eventually. There are two things in the way of this: I am physically and mentally weak. I'd like to get stronger, but I have a fast metabolism and only weigh 90 pounds at five feet two inches and anything I try doing is too harsh for me. I used to do track, but I have little stamina even though I can sprint really fast for extremely short periods of time. I can do maybe 20 push-ups before I get tired and about 80 sit-ups. I can not do even one pull-up. I am so weak and pathetic mentally as well, and usually end up giving up on something before I've even started. I tend to end up crying if I try to stand up for myself. I am a 13 year-old female and I know that I'm proably too young to make a decision like this, but it's really only five years, and I want to start getting stronger as soon as I can.
Also, I don't think my parents would be okay with this either, my brother once wore a shirt that said "U.S. ARMY" on it and my mother started giving him a really long and serious talk about how he should never join the army. If you could give me some tips about this that would be great too!
 
roger
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 03:20 pm
@ryouko,
Depending on just how young you are, and when you're thinking of enlisting, you might just grow into the condition you think you need to be in. Anyhow, you don't need to be a soldier to get in. Basic and advanced training might make all the difference. Also, don't believe every story you hear about what you're going into. Army personnel have a tendency to exaggerate what they went through. So do most other people.

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trying2learn
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 03:27 pm
@ryouko,
You sound strong to me! Do what you feel is right. Never give up. You have many years to change your mind.

pssst roger she wrote she is 13. I don't if that is true??
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 03:36 pm
@ryouko,
For the one thing, don't start smoking cigarettes or pot. Stay away from any illegal substances. Use of any of these garbage substances will most definitely disqualify you (rightfully so) from enlisting from any of the armed forces.

Take school seriously and if your school has it, join Junior ROTC. And you still need to pass the ASVAB test.
http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/asvab

You will to be able to run 2 miles in under 19:42 minutes. Well you already pass the pushups as the minimum to pass in 2 minutes is 14.

And if you can do that 80 situps correctly in 2 minutes then you maxed out the situp part of the PT test.

http://www.military.com/military-fitness/army-fitness-requirements/army-physical-fitness-test-score-chart
http://www.military.com/military-fitness/army-fitness-requirements/army-pft-two-mile-run-score-chart
http://www.military.com/military-fitness/army-fitness-requirements/army-pft-sit-up-score-chart
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 05:13 pm
Regulation are changing all the time, so things will be different by the time you want to enlist. Be serious about your education. They are being selective about grades and academic potential now- much more important than how many pushups you can do.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 05:58 pm
@trying2learn,
I missed that.
trying2learn
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 06:01 pm
@roger,
well I make mistakes all the time, np. I would have messaged you except well you know......
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snood
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 09:37 pm
If you can do 20 pushups and 80 situps (within a two minute time limit for each exercise), you would already "max" the strength parts of the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). You'd also have to run two miles in less than 18-19 minutes, but I'm sure you'd be able to do that. Stop worrying, eat a balanced diet, workout 3-4 times a week. You'll be fine.
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Romeo Fabulini
 
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 11:03 pm
I suppose if you want to be something like a medic or signaller or driver or cook or clerk, physical fitness won't matter too much as long as you can get through a few route marches and assault courses in basic training, and do fairly well on the rifle range etc. After that you're home free..Smile
And don't worry about being "mentally weak", just let your officers do your thinking for you. Forrest Gump got it right when he said to his drill sergeant-"I'm here to do everything you tell me to do Drill Sergeant!" and ended up getting medals..Smile

Medic Kate Nesbitt is streaked with the blood of the soldier whose life she just saved while under Taliban fire, winning her the Military Cross
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g64/PoorOldSpike/Photos/KateNesbittMC.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g64/PoorOldSpike/ExIS/medic.jpg
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