Like others before me, this forum is a great source for valuable information and help. I have been researching and exploring the forums, but there is not a lot of information on age waivers. I was wondering if anyone had experience with them and if I could get some feed back on the one I plan to submit.
I am a 35 year old active Staff Sergeant in the Infantry. I was in the Marine Corps before, but I had a 7 year break in service. That is the main reason I am so late to apply. Here is my proposed age waiver request:
I had a seven year break in service between my time in the USMC and the Army. It was during that time that I earned an Associates’ Degree in Engineering. It was also when I determined that my true purpose was serving our country. I have reached a point in my military career where transitioning to Warrant Officer is how I can best serve the U.S. Army. Before, I could begin the application process I needed to receive photorefractive keratectomy(PRK) surgery to correct my myopia. In 2016, I received orders to Permanently Change Stations to Germany. My intended Warrant Officer Application was delayed due to an almost immediate seven month deployment to Poland as a part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence mission.
When I became an Infantryman I created a list of professional goals that I needed to accomplish before I could consider moving in a different direction. Through hard work and dedication, I have been able to complete my list. I strove to become a Weapons Squad Leader, the most tactically adept and experienced Squad Leader in a Rifle Platoon. I earned my Expert Infantryman’s Badge proving that I was proficient in my field. Finally, I wanted to deploy as an Infantryman. I completed that with my 7 month deployment to Poland to assist with NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence mission which sought to deter aggression in Eastern Europe. Having reached my professional goal of a becoming a Weapons Squad Leader, my individual goal of earning my Expert Infantry Badge, and through a deployment as an Infantryman, I am finally ready to expand my professional horizons.
My age will not hinder me in any future capacity. In contrast, my maturity will serve to enhance my dedication, performance, and scholastic aptitude. I am confident that my professional, personal, and educational qualities will enable me to have both a successful and a long career as a Warrant Officer and Rotary Wing Aviator. If granted the opportunity, I will be able to best benefit and serve the U.S Army through my transition to the Warrant Officer Corps.
Honestly, I know its a long shot to get picked up, but I would like to put my best foot forward with this age waiver. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.