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Old Soldiers - From My In-Box

by Pat S / June 24, 2004 4:00 AM PDT

Humorous but not a bad idea.


Sending Old Men To War

If I could, I'd re-enlist today and help my country track down those responsible for killing thousands of innocent people in New York City and Washington, DC But, I'm over 70 now and the Armed Forces say I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 35 to join the military. They've got the whole thing backwards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys.

You shouldn't be able to join until you're at least 35. For starters:

Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more that 28,000 additional
seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. If we can't kill the enemy we'll complain them into submission.
"My back hurts!" "I'm hungry!" "Where's the remote control?" "What did you say?"

An 18-year-old hasn't had a legal beer yet and you shouldn't go to war until you're at least old enough to legally drink.. An average old guy, on the
other hand, has consumed 126,000 gallons of beer by the time he's 35 and a jaunt through desert heat with a backpack and M-60 would do wonders for the old
beer belly.

An 18-year-old doesn't like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys get up very early every morning to pee.

If old guys are captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd probably forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real
brainteaser.

Boot camp would actually be easier for old guys We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we actually like soft food. We've also developed a deep appreciation for guns and rifles. We like them almost better than naps.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I
ever do any pushups after completing basic training. I can hear the Drill Sergeant now, "Get down and give me...er...one."

And the running part is kind of a waste of energy.
I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to try to carry on a conversation, and to wear pants without the top
of his butt crack showing and his boxer shorts sticking out. He's still hasn't figured out that a pierced tongue catches germs & food particles, and that a 400-watt speaker in the back seat of a Honda Accord can rupture an eardrum.

All great reasons to keep our sons at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off to possible death.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten cowards who attacked us on September 11. The last thing the enemy would want to see right now is a couple
of million old farts with attitudes.

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