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23 August 2007 @ 07:09 pm
Question time!  
Question time, flist!

I'm writing a fic at the moment that will briefly mention when the real Jack Harkness enlisted in the army, and I want to know: What's the youngest age an American before the 1940's could be before they'd be allowed to join? 

Wikipedia is wasting me and I fail at this research thing apparently :((

-- thanks everyone who took the time to reply! I think I'm going to go ahead with a theoretical 17yrs old. As it's really only a passing mention and I need him pretty youngish ;D I've been saying in reply to some of you guys, that I kind of wish I was doing more with all this information you've supplied me with! I'll definitely be keeping it all in mind should I ever need any info on this subject again- you guys are awesome! Thanks again.

x-posting to torch_wood.[ link ] And only mentioning it because I get to have my shiny new mini sonic screwdriver icon show up. 

mood: chipperchipper
music: Bauhaus
Shape in Boots: * teashape5 on August 23rd, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Campaspe: Original \\ Conversecs_whitewolf on August 23rd, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Georgie: Doctor Who - Sonic (fear)indiefairy on August 23rd, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah well I have a Jack and a Ten when I link so :p

and my history buff boyf knows that it was 16 for the UK but has no idea what it was in America, but he rekons it could be 16, but then there is two years of training so they wouldn't actually fight until they were at least 18. Don't take all that as absolute fact though :D
Campaspe: Doctor Who \\ That's sonic bitch!cs_whitewolf on August 23rd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
I could have had Jack and Ten if I really wanted but the sonic screwdriver PWNS ALL!! XD ...is it naughty of me to want a Ianto and a Weevil one? lmao

Ahh. Thank the boything for me then. He is forgiven a little bit for me not getting my Ianto/Weevil fic ;)

The general opinion seems to be that it was 18, but you could get in underage with the right (and forged) papers.
twincityhacker: Grace Hoppermsp_hacker on August 23rd, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
For some reason I think you can sign up when you're 17 when you have your parents permission. Though he could have just lied about his age, as well.
Campaspe: RPS \\ Matt Rippy Glasses PWNcs_whitewolf on August 23rd, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
It would be with his parents permission, and around 17 was the age I was hoping for anway. Thanks!
sas the investigative hedgehogtheaeblackthorn on August 23rd, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Campaspe: Original \\ Potions Roomcs_whitewolf on August 23rd, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oh hey you! :D

Thanks for the link, I've been absolutely useless trying to find this kind of stuff on my own. lol.
sas the investigative hedgehogtheaeblackthorn on August 23rd, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm about, still, I read, but rarely have time or something useful to contribute :)

I was just poking around and found it, interesting, kept me scrolling for ages!! :)
Campaspe: Harry Potter \\ Who stole the cookie?cs_whitewolf on August 23rd, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling :) hope things are all going well with you.

Yeah, no wonder! I was just saying to someone else- I kind of wish I was doing more with this information than just making a passing mention of his age now :S still, there's always the chance to write another fic, heh.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on August 23rd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
It was very easy to lie about your age and join the US army younger than the legal age. With consent of your legal guardian you could sign up at 16 or 17 (depending which branch and when)

BUT there weren't standard social security #s yet and it was very easy to get a fake birth certificate and enter the army with it.

you might find this is an interesting read: http://www.duckdaotsu.org/underage_troop.html
Campaspe: Mood \\ Mischeviouscs_whitewolf on August 23rd, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
That is pretty interresting reading actually! I never realised how many people faked their way into it.

Around 16/17 was the age I was hoping for, so thanks for replying :) I wish I was doing more with all this information now than just making a passing mention of it!
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on August 23rd, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
I completely understand! I spent days researching Ellis Island that resulted in a whole two lines the fanfic I wrote about Jack's death there. Glad I could help.