As of 2014, the military draft age limit is 45 years old. Although 26 years was the traditional conscription age, the age limit increased to 36 years old, and men with specific skills and experience are drafted up to 45 years of age.
The U.S military uses a lottery system to select workers, and those between the ages of 18 and 26 are drafted first. Although specific age requirements are set for enlisting and retiring soldiers, men with specialty skills are drafted up to the maximum age limit of 45 years old. However, this age limit is only applicable to men who have already served and have extensive experience.