Air Force Raises Enlistment Age

The US Air Force has upped the maximum age for enlistment - a surprise to many, in this time of shrinking budgets and forces.

The new maximum age for new enlistees into the USAF is now 39, which applies to all USAF enlisted - not just those signing up for certain jobs. The maximum enlistment age under federal law is 42, but every service sets their own specific age limit. The US Army's max age is 35, the US Navy's is 34, and the Marines are now the lowest at 28.

The change may or may not last long, however. Annette Crawford, a spokeswoman for the USAF Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph says that officials will be paying attention to injuries and general attrition of the older recruits, and if necessary, may lower the age again. So if you want to enlist, and you're in your 30s - don't wait!