30 Jun '13, 3pm

This was a dare: Soldier joins the #USArmy at an age when many are looking to retire

This was a dare: Soldier joins the #USArmy at an age when many are looking to retire

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- If you ask Soldiers why they enlisted in the Army, some say they joined to get money for college, a better life for their Family, or a chance to travel and enjoy multicultural experiences. Others say they did not know what else to do, or "I always wanted to be a Soldier." But for one Soldier, it was because her son dared her. Sgt. Catherine Gyure was a 41-year-old restaurant manager training to be a district manager of a nationwide chain when her then-18-year-old son was preparing to enlist into the Army Reserve. That same year, 2006, Congress changed the maximum age of non-prior-service enlistment to 42. With 25 years in the restaurant business already, Gyure started looking ahead at the civilian retirement age. Many more years and long hours were ahead of her if she stayed in her current job. As she and her son sifted through the benefits, opportunitie...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/106503/

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