Father and Son Enlist in the U.S. Army

Father and Son Enlist in the U.S. Army

In hopes of growing closer, a father, 40, and his son, 19, join the Army together.

Fourteen years ago Gary Rankins quit the military to spend more time with his son. Now age 40, he is reenlisting with his son Joseph, 19, at his side. The father-and-son recruits are one of the rare scenarios possible now that the Army has raised the age limit for new enlistees from 35 to 42. (Since mid-2006, when the new age limit was established, 665 people over 40 have signed enlistment papers.) Both men see this as a way of growing closer and building common interests. This LA Times video captures the two men during pre-training, enlistment and tearful goodbyes with loved ones.

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Video: Sachi Cunningham, Brent Foster
Reporting: Jia-Rui Chong
Photography: Rick Loomis