First off let me say that I am 39 years old with 4 years of prior service in the Infantry, (86-90). I also possess a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. I am in the process of joining with the Dallas Police Department. This is going well so far. Just passed the panel Applicant interview board. My app is now in the hands of a background investigator. All is going well. However I believe in back-up plans. I decided to talk to a recruiter about Officer Candidate School. Yes I know being a 40 year old 2nd lieutenant is unorthodox, considering most guys who are officers at that age are usually O-5's or O-6's. I do remember meeting a Belgian 2nd lieutenant back when I was stationed in Germany. I also know it is physically daunting. However I am non phased so I seek the services of our local recruiter. Upon entering I told him my background and what I wished to do. He proceeded to ignore my information and treated me like a 17 year old who just wandered in from the high school across the street. I was told I was too old. I expected this. I asked about waivers and he said there were NONE! He did tell me that I could return as my previous rank of E-4 Specialist. I dismissed this immediatley and asked about waivers for Warrant Officer School and Flight School. Again I was too old and no there weren't any. The recruiter sitting across from him chimed in that "they may be changing that soon." Undaunted the E-7 I was talking with continued that since the Army upped the age of enlistment to 42 and I had prior service I could easily get back in as an E-4. I asked how long it would take me to make E-5 just to see where he would take this and what kind of half truth would spew from his mouth. He informed me that my commander at my next duty post COULD promote me immediately to E-5 on the spot if he chose to do so. IF! This made me mad when I thought hmmm but no one can sign a waiver to make me an officer. Our Sergeant 1st Class continued on stating that he could probably sign me up as an MP for say 3 years. I'd get out and get right into Dallas P.D. He must have forgot that I am most of the way there already. I proceeded to thank him for his time and left. Now my *****. Yes being an officer is rigorous especially during war time! However I imagine that being a potential 42 year old private during said period could be problematic as well. Secondly we are at war and the military is operating at a higher tempo with fewer troops. Thirdly I have valuable skills and life experience that combined with proper training could make me a good leader of troops. Lastly I didn't just fall off a turnip truck and land on my head. I've been around the block a bit. This much I know about the Army and life in general. THERE IS A WAIVER FOR EVERYTHING! It's usually just a matter of finding the right person to sign off on it. Case in point: February 1991, six months after leaving active service with a bar to re-enlistment for being overweight, I got called back to duty in the waning days of Gulf War I. I informed this major of the status I left the service, (barred), and informed her there must be some kind of mistake. Besides I was really fat by then. She informed me and I quote because the words were seared into my mind. "Those were peace time rules. We're at war now." Loosely translated that means money, talks bull**** walks. I plan to quote that major to the next recruiter I talk to. I have nothing against the Army and consider myself patriotic. I did the enlisted thing once. I do not think officers are superior to enlisted or vice versa. It's been my experience that stupididty does not discriminate based on rank, though sadly the two lamest officers I ever met had prior enlisted experience. So I am looking for the waiver that I know is buried deep somewhere. Probably in that warehouse where they stored the lost Arc of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Arc. Anyone with insight I would appreciate your wisdom, just keep in mind that I am not open to any peace time rules stuff. We are at war, the Army needs manpower, and if they can enlist someone to be a potentially 42 year old private, they can bring in a 40 year old 2nd lieutenant! There might be a movie there. Best, Dave Wanna kill these ads? We can help!