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If under 30, the simple answer to your question is "No, you are not too old." I was 28 when I was commissioned and I've used my age as an advantage. You will find that the maturity puts you ahead of your peers and that you garner more respect from everyone just by virtue of your age. I guess it's the "respect your elders" thing but the maturity usually adds to the mix.

I was older than most going through OCS but made it fine. And at TBS, I was teased a bit at the start of the 3 mile run by the younger lieutenants with comments having to do with Geritol and how they would meet me back at the finish line. Not only did I clock the fastest time of my life (17:46) and 14 seconds faster than a decade-younger version of myself with a DI on my heels, I blew away most of the other lieutenants.

When I got to my first duty station, I would take my Marines out running and chastise them for not keeping up with this old man lieutenant. They had a decade on me but I still out-performed every last one. I also played on the battalion football team (full pads, full contact) and was one of only 4 officers to even try it. Yes, I got beat to hell but I was out there and they saw that. It really gives you an edge to hit them psychologically with the age thing.


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