(Young Corporal Palm, Vietnam, 1967)I noticed that one of the victims of the Fort Hood massacre was a 56-year-old Army Reserve captain. Not to cast aspersions on this man: I understand he tried to get back in the Army Reserve after 9/11 and was finally called up two years ago. I'm sure he was a great soldier and a wonderful human being. But I still maintain that no army should have 56-year-old captains. There was a certain wisdom to the "up-or-out" policy that kept our military relatively young. Fighting wars is a young person's business.
As I recall, this was the topic that first "loosed mere" Palm upon the air waves: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5066475