Age limits for reserve officer

#1
Hello, I've recently been considering applying to join the MI as a reservist, and was hoping to have a bash at becoming an officer. However, I am 35 years old, and 36 in December. Does that rule out any chances of a commission? I have seen some websites that mention exceptions, but they do not detail what those exceptions might be.

Many thanks,

TAMI
 

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#2
Hello, I've recently been considering applying to join the MI as a reservist, and was hoping to have a bash at becoming an officer. However, I am 35 years old, and 36 in December. Does that rule out any chances of a commission? I have seen some websites that mention exceptions, but they do not detail what those exceptions might be.

Many thanks,

TAMI
Go to the recruiting office and get a proper answer.
 
#3
Or just contact the Unit you are interested in, the Recruiting Officer will be able to give you a straight and accurate answer based on the latest rules. Asking on here will get answers which will at best cause confusion and at worst be abusive rubbish.
 
#5
I joined the HAC at 35. London Reg came to do a recruitment for officers after CIC and laughed at me (nicely), still cnuts. Was told 35 to old. That was repeated a few times once I progressed through past the 'should not be a problem' see the CO phase for various specialist units like AGC Ed.. That said, if you have the skill set they need, anything is possible. I evidently did not have the skill set or came across as a cnut.

See the OC/CO of the unit
 
#6
Army Reserve Officer Direct Entry requirements (generic officer application):-
Aged 18-35
UK passport holder, British citizenship and residency for 10 years
Seven GCSEs, grade C or above (English, Maths, and either a science or a foreign language) plus two A levels

Then pass Intelligence Corps technical selection.

However the soldier route is available up to the age of 43. Entry requirements are the same for officers with the exception of academic achievement. Five GCSEs are sufficient (proper subjects, mind).

The entry requirements are not higher in Scotland despite approximately £1200 per head extra spent on us by the UK taxpayer.

I thank you.
 
#7
The entry requirements are not higher in Scotland despite approximately £1200 per head extra spent on us by the UK taxpayer.

I thank you.
Thank goodness for that, it is one army, with no distinction between country of birth..........
 
#8
Hello, I've recently been considering applying to join the MI as a reservist, and was hoping to have a bash at becoming an officer. However, I am 35 years old, and 36 in December. Does that rule out any chances of a commission? I have seen some websites that mention exceptions, but they do not detail what those exceptions might be.

Many thanks,

TAMI
I think it fair to say that good officer candidates would always be welcome within MI(V) in general. Have a think at why you want the commission. If you are interested in the Int trade, getting your hands dirty etc (if only with marker pens) then the soldier route may be better for you.

Definitely not knocking you wanting the commission just offering up an option that you may not yet have considered
 
#9
Army Reserve Officer Direct Entry requirements (generic officer application):-
Aged 18-35
UK passport holder, British citizenship and residency for 10 years
Seven GCSEs, grade C or above (English, Maths, and either a science or a foreign language) plus two A levels

Then pass Intelligence Corps technical selection.

However the soldier route is available up to the age of 43. Entry requirements are the same for officers with the exception of academic achievement. Five GCSEs are sufficient (proper subjects, mind).

The entry requirements are not higher in Scotland despite approximately £1200 per head extra spent on us by the UK taxpayer.

I thank you.
Nothing that the OP couldn't of discovered on the Army's recruitment site. This is on a par with my post about 'currywurst' only to discover that there are 10,000 such threads already on this site. I'm still going through them all, looking for the best recipe by the way!
 
#10
Thanks, ooooh_matron. I visited my local Army Careers Centre and they suggested I consider the soldier option as well, and it's certainly something I'd think about.

Out of interest, what are the best valid reasons that you have come across for wanting to become a reservist officer? I'd be interested to hear. Thanks
 
#11
Thanks, ooooh_matron. I visited my local Army Careers Centre and they suggested I consider the soldier option as well, and it's certainly something I'd think about.

Out of interest, what are the best valid reasons that you have come across for wanting to become a reservist officer? I'd be interested to hear. Thanks
Not being an officer I couldn't offer any real reasons. It may be best to understand both roles and figure it out for yourself. In a nutshell- Officers manage, soldiers do. This distinction, in my view at least, is more obvious within the Int Corps.
 
#12
That's interesting, thanks. I've heard that there is actually less of a distinction between soldiers and officers in MI... Apart from in the pay grade of course! Which is a little annoying
 
#13
That's interesting, thanks. I've heard that there is actually less of a distinction between soldiers and officers in MI... Apart from in the pay grade of course! Which is a little annoying
Less of a distinction between intellects certainly. An Int Corps officer in the reserves may be managing an NCO who is a lawyer, accountant, teacher, academic etc.

The distinction between the role officers and NCO's play is however greater I would suggest. Int Corps NCO's are on the upper pay scale so the differences in pay during the early part of your time in the reserves will be less obvious. It's also more likely that a JNCO will deploy on Ops, and therefore have an opportunity for tour pay/bonuses. I very much doubt that a junior Int Corps officer will get a warry role that rapidly after commission, when regular officers are filling the places available and the demands of their reservist role within the unit takes precedence.
 
#14
I see, thanks. It seems that promotion happens quite quickly in MI, as your Phase 2 happens early on, bringing you up to Lance Corporal... is that right? Is promotion generally quicker than other battalions?
 
#15
I see, thanks. It seems that promotion happens quite quickly in MI, as your Phase 2 happens early on, bringing you up to Lance Corporal... is that right? Is promotion generally quicker than other battalions?
Yes, for NCO's certainly.
 
#16
Great, thanks. I'm seriously considering it, either officer or soldier. The last obstacle to overcome is the time demands... numerous weekends away from my small kids would require some negotiation an careful thought. Any advice on this? I wonder if it is possible to train on weekdays rather than on weekends? I'm a freelancer, so might be able to carve out the time...

Thanks for your help
 
#17
That's for you to decide after talking with your family and recruiter.
 
#19
Just as a note, with the publication of the Specialist Recruitment regs in 2014DIN01-156, specialist officers, including Specialist Group MI, can be recruited up to 50. Whether this is any use to the OP is doubtful.
 
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