Age Limits

#2
No, they are just catching up ;)

Watch out for their officers being able to stay in until they are 60, sometime this year.

msr
 
#3
Theres an age limit in the TA ? Shhh don't tell our recruiting team
 
#5
Mashers said:
MSR is that serious!

I presume if so, it would be rank-related also?
Don't knock it Mashers, as long as they can do the Phys, surely there isn't an issue.
 
#6
You misunderstand me Preatorian.

I am currently out (Well, instructing senior cadets with ATC), due to being an old fart.

But I can see a potential loophole for me to get back in, and yes, I can still pass the current fitness tests :)

That would be a result!
 
#8
The upper age limit for TA officers has been extended to 60. This is not, however, a guarantee of service to that age. For an officer to continue serving beyond the previous upper age limit for his arm/service he will have to apply for and be accepted into a relevant post which does not block the career progression of a younger officer. If there is no post available the officer will have to retire. At this point I do not believe they will be able to re engage at a later date.

I have heard of increased age limits for non commissioned ranks in certain key trdaes (especially medical) but have not seen any details. I would hazard a guess that any such extensions would be on a similar basis to that above.
 
#9
Thanks B_S

I wasn't really being serious.

There's no chance for me I'm afraid. I was Infantry TA in the eighties, and did the old TA Officer route, and at 55 there's no way I could get back in.

I could try Specialist Signals as I have a degree in IT now, and work in IT, but even that would probably be a no go.

It's just frustrating when I see younger people complaining about the fitness standards when I can still pass them, and in fact do on at least a yearly basis.
 
#10
Mashers said:
You misunderstand me Preatorian.

I am currently out (Well, instructing senior cadets with ATC), due to being an old fart.

But I can see a potential loophole for me to get back in, and yes, I can still pass the current fitness tests :)

That would be a result!
I did misunderstand you! It just happens that I know of an officer who is a bit older, but ridiculously fit!

P
 
#11
With previous military experince you may well still be able to get it, probably only in a specialist unit though.

Like i said, there was a 52 year old joining when i signed up. He was ex cadets but had no regular army experience.

Make a few phone calls and find out for sure.
 
#12
What is the upper age limit for the TA is it the same as the RAF (res) saw them advertising upper age limit of 50yrs old ????
 
#14
OK then.

I've tried the Sigs Specialist HQ at Corsham, and they tell me that at 55 I'm too old, mainly as I'd probably have to do a "Tarts and Vicars" course at RMAS, the cut off age for which is 50.

Anyone know any different way round the rules?
 
#15
I have just finished a course where a chap is just re-entering at the age of (I think) 60 (I kid you not!) He has loads of previous time in uniform, and impressed all us 'younger' new recruits by having para wings and by previously having been TA SAS However, he impressed us all a lot more when he trashed us all in the physical!!!
 
#16
Thanks RGPT,

Simultaneous posting on your thread.

So, folks, if the upper age limit is flexible, any suggestions what I should do next which won't upset the guy who told me it was 50 ?
 
#17
I think the truth is that nobody knows. Last year when I was investigating joining the TA I was told variously that the upper age limit was 38, 40 and 44 by three different sergeants at recruiting offices. I was then told 40 to an email enquiry to the Army, and it was only by chance that I was talking to a senior chaplain who told me to go for it even though I was 43. I think it depends a bit on your previous and your trade. It would be a good idea though if the recruiters could all sing of the same hymn sheet.
 
#18
Thanks RGPT, I'll probably ring the Sigs chap again, and try to persuade him. I just don't want to put his back up by telling him he's wrong.

Nice metaphor by the way, very appropriate for you "all sing of the same hymn sheet" :thumright:
 
#19
With a background in IT and if you are still fit & keen there may be an opportunity for you at

http://www.army.mod.uk/15psyops/

PM if you need to chat

regards
PS
 

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