In case you are wondering, sending me over and then sending me home for my 60th birthday next May is not among my options.
I would say there is a good reason why they won't let soldiers who are qualified serve past age 60, but the reason may not be good. I have heard it is because some National Guard and Reserve soldiers served in Iraq and Afghanistan past age 60 and came home on a medical. If that's true it would make sense to stop old soldiers from serving. Why bother if they are going to go home early on some kind of medical.
If that's true, I don't have much of a chance. In my own state the general officers approving the waiver could ask my commander and their sergeant major about me.
But at Army headquarters, I am just another packet of papers. It means risk if they say yes, no risk if they say No.
So the most likely outcome is that I will serve my last two and a half years in the Army in Pennsylvania.
I'll be happy either way.