courtesy of Utah National Guard
Kimberly Gauer poses in NASCAR driver
Casey Mears' car,
which is sponsored by the Army
Utah — Recruiting has achieved a first for Utah. Kimberly Gauer, 40, enlisted in the Utah National Guard as the first
female over 40 since the Army raised the age limit for
enlistees to 42. She is also one of the first ten females
over 40 to ever join the military.
“I tried before I turned 36 and it just didn’t happen. Ever
since then, I’ve been really upset that I didn’t get in
before the cut-off date," said Gauer. "So when they lifted
the age limit, I wasn’t going to let that happen again. I
just have the opportunity right now in my life and my kids
Gauer will attend initial entry training for her new MOS
(Military Occupational Specialty) which will be 42A (Human
Resource Specialist). She entered Basic Training one day
after the fifth anniversary of 9/11 and traveled to Ft.
“[I’m] excited and scared to death!” said Gauer, on her
feelings about attending Basic. “I’m just a little bit
worried about the physical stuff, but on the other hand I
think I have the determination and the willpower to get
Gauer is the mother of three. She has an 18-year-old
daughter and twin boys who are 16.
When asked how her children felt about her decision, Gauer
said they are a little nervous about it but they support her
“They’re already saying, ‘Go kick some butt Mom’.” said
When asked about the possibility of being deployed, Gauer
“If I do, I do. I know the consequences and I totally
support my country. That’s just part of being a part of
this,” she said.
"I have always just loved the tradition and the discipline
and I have always wanted to be a part of the military,”
The 300th Military Intelligence Brigade will welcome Gauer
into Headquarters Company when she returns from her initial
entry training in South Carolina.
will be returning home February 8, 2007.