Need Physical Fitness Help (reenlisting)
Hi guys. I apologize that I have not been so active lately. I have had a heckuva year so far.
My temp position with the state did NOT get approved for an extension, as they thought it would be, and I am again unemployed. That, added to my other span of no employment for several months has just beaten me down.
I am unable to find any employment suitable for my financial needs and have had no calls for an interview from anywhere I have applied.
Well, there is a possible bright spot now. I decided to try to reenlist in the military, in this case, the Florida Army National Guard.
Due to my prior service in the US Army I am able to use my six years of service to bring my enlistment age down to a qualifying number. I just turned 47yo.
I would get to keep my last rank and time in service towards a retirement of 20 years. They will pay my student loans off and pay for finishing my degree. I get a small but nice enlistment bonus and the ability to volunteer for 12 month deployments at full time soldier pay rates (which is better than most civilian jobs nowadays). Gulf Oil Spill duty deployment is also available I hear, also at full time pay rate.
All this and the possibility of sending small high velocity gifts to Taliban members! (not likely at my age though)
I have to pass a special "Over 40" physical but I think I will pass it. So that means I have a very good chance of getting into the Guard. My real goal is to land a active full time spot somewhere close, hopefully here in Tally, and just do a regular work week with monthly drills.
So, to my real question, my actual physical fitness test that will happen in the fall.
I have to be able to pass it in order to remain in the Guard.
I have to:
- Do 25 push-ups in 2 minutes (not a problem)
- Do 30 sit ups in 2 minutes (not a problem)
- Run 2 miles within 19min 30sec . . . . . . . . . (Problem)
I am not now and never have been a runner. I managed to limp through the run while active in the Army but it was murder.
I would like some methods and advice as to how best to condition my body, slowly and without killing myself, into making this run possible.
So I have two to three months to achieve this goal if I do indeed enlist.