I hear what you are saying aboutbeing "too old." Consider this though, even if the Navy took you and gave you time for your experience, mind you not much regardless, you have another factor to consider. In the military, as you may remember, you have a 2-fold purpose. One as a nurse, one as an officer, they can give you credit for the nursing part, but not for the officer part. Therefore, in some cases, you would be junior to people far younger than yourself and with less nursing experience, would you be willing to listen to somone like that giving you orders? It would create a lot of problems, that is why they have set the bar at 44. In most cases, this helps eliminate problems. Take a situation we had at my last command. there was a woman who got a waiver and came in at age 44. They gave her the rank of LT for her years of nursing experience (8) and age (personal experience, didn't understand this one), something that people earn after 4-6 years in the service. Therefore, there was plenty expected of her both as a nurse and an officer, neither of which she could live up to. Needless to say, she was set up to fail from the beginning and when I left the duty station they were beginning the process to put her out of the Navy after only 3 years. I'm not saying you wouldn't do well, but even if they gave you the rank of LT for your experience, I am 33 and have 10 years nursing experience would outrank you because of my time already in, would you want to take orders or work for someone that had less years experience or was younger? Could be a bad deal, maybe not, but that is why they have the limits. Forget the physical stuff, I know some people that are older than me and still run better than my 10min. 15sec. run for the 1.5 mile, so physically I know you could do it.