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4 PARA maximum age??

#1
HI Chaps
can someone help with the following please.

I put in to join 4 para (TA), went to the insight evening, got the application form, filled it in and got all the required paperwork together, went to drop my application off and was told I was TOO OLD!!! I thought this may have been a problem so I made a point of checking the age limit out before proceeding too far.

the main army site says I'm not too old but was told I am. what is the maximum age for 4 Para??? I'm 37

Role Finder - British Army Website
 
#2
Previous military experience?
 
#4
Well theres your answer unfortunatly I think 4 PARA cut off is around 34 off the top of my head.

I'm sure thats only their policy.

Other units I think its around the 40 mark (with military experience) but I could be wrong.
 
#5
I thought all TA was 43 cut off?

Ask The Duke about 4 Para.
 
#6
####Here you go.....



Joining 4 PARA










Written by Sgt Dave Walker



To join 4 PARA (Reserves), you need to be aged between 18-34 (increased to 44yrs if you have had previous relevant experience) and be a UK resident. The minimum commitment is 9 weekends, 2 weeks Annual camp and a few weekday evenings. There are excellent rates of pay, which is non taxable if you are a student, and an annual 'tax free' bounty (subject to qualification) of up to £1,500.
 
#7
####Here you go.....



Joining 4 PARA










Written by Sgt Dave Walker



To join 4 PARA (Reserves), you need to be aged between 18-34 (increased to 44yrs if you have had previous relevant experience) and be a UK resident. The minimum commitment is 9 weekends, 2 weeks Annual camp and a few weekday evenings. There are excellent rates of pay, which is non taxable if you are a student, and an annual 'tax free' bounty (subject to qualification) of up to £1,500.
why £1500, bounty for TA is £1672. I trust this is a copy and paste.
 

The_Duke

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#10
That part of the website has obviously not been updated fo a while - the gist of it is still correct, but the bounty part is out of date. The whole website is being moved to the main MOD system shortly, so I will flag it up for updating when they re-do the site.

For the OP, 37 with no previous relevant military experience is too old I'm afraid.
 

The_Duke

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#12
P coy pass.

As much as many would like to deny it, the harsh reality is that P Coy is a young man's game. The intensity of physical training during the build up requires a lack of injury and very rapid recovery if you are to do well at it, and this is even more telling during the 4 Para TA CIC run by the P Coy staff, culminating in TA AAPPS.

Yes, there are a limited number of older applicants who could manage it, but we cannot afford to run massive recruit intakes to allow everyone to have a shot at it, knowing full well that the vast majority will fall by the wayside.

Younger applicants with sub 9.30 risk reduction runs is where we tend to have success, and therefore where we target our recruit training efforts. We would still be lucky to get 4 or 5 first time passes at most out of 30 starting a recruit intake per Coy location.
 
#13
What counts as relevent, out of interest?
Erm.............Having served in the forces for at least 3 years..................

What did you think..............4 hours on your ******* playstation, or an afternoon paintballing?

Jesus ******* Christ.....there are some thick cnuts on here!
 

ugly

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#14
Nope not previous service but previous relevant service such as a p Coy pass, assumes this means no need for P coy so straight into refresher training!
 
#15
Younger applicants with sub 9.30 risk reduction runs is where we tend to have success, and therefore where we target our recruit training efforts. We would still be lucky to get 4 or 5 first time passes at most out of 30 starting a recruit intake per Coy location.
There was a lad out of my year at school that was a parachute trained TA medic. I'd joined Royal Anglian.

We were both early 20s and I used to bump into him quite frequently while out running round the village at night. I could pass a BFT pretty easily but he could really fly it.

He was a great bloke and I know he sacrificed a damned sight more than I did to maintain the fitness required. If you pick Para you've got to be fit. At 37 I reckon you are past it.
 
#16
There was a lad out of my year at school that was a parachute trained TA medic. I'd joined Royal Anglian.

We were both early 20s and I used to bump into him quite frequently while out running round the village at night. I could pass a BFT pretty easily but he could really fly it.

He was a great bloke and I know he sacrificed a damned sight more than I did to maintain the fitness required. If you pick Para you've got to be fit. At 37 I reckon you are past it.
I know two blokes who passed at 38 & 40
 
#17
I know two blokes who passed at 38 & 40
This bloke?:

Third generation West Point, top of his class. Korea, Airborne. About a thousand decorations. Etc, etc... I'd heard his voice on the tape and it really put a hook in me. But I couldn't connect up that voice with this man. Like they said he had an impressive career. Maybe too impressive... I mean perfect. He was being groomed for one of the top slots of the corporation. General, Chief of Staff, anything...

In 1964 he returned from a tour of advisory command in Vietnam and things started to slip. The report to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lyndon Johnson was restricted. Seems they didn't dig what he had to tell them. During the next few months he made three requests for transfer to airborne training in Fort Benning, Georgia. And he was finally accepted.

Airborne ? He was 38 years old. Why the **** would he do that ?
 
#18
Erm.............Having served in the forces for at least 3 years..................

What did you think..............4 hours on your ******* playstation, or an afternoon paintballing?

Jesus ******* Christ.....there are some thick cnuts on here!
That did actually make me laugh out loud. So three years in the RNR would do would it? Key to the question was "relevent", unlike you're comment, perahaps that applies to you in your entirety.

I think The Dukes answer was the most helpful.
 

The_Duke

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#19
That did actually make me laugh out loud. So three years in the RNR would do would it? Key to the question was "relevent", unlike you're comment, perahaps that applies to you in your entirety.

I think The Dukes answer was the most helpful.
It is almost like I have had something to do with the process in the not too distant past! :)
 

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