Had thought of posing this question in the Officers or Infantry forum, but as it's not rank-exclusive, I feel that here is the place for it. With the present commitment of British Forces, and manpower shortages, is there a case for extending the age limits for entry into the ranks and Sandhurst? I am not suggesting that 40 year olds or pensioners be allowed in, but would permitting 32 or 35 year olds to join - so long as they are up to the challenge physically - be something worth considering? Even an extension of a few years would throw the recruiting net wider. Extending the age limits might also be a means of compensating for the widely-held belief that today's youth aren't interested in serving in the Armed Forces, which seems to partly account for the current manpower shortages. I see that such armies as the Australians seem to have age limits considerably beyond those of Britain. At the risk of being accused of going back into the mists of history, there is a precedent for extending age limits, namely the Second World War, when I believe the call-up age limit was 41. More recently, I seem to recall that the age limit for admission to Sandhurst was extended from 25 to 29. I am sure there are good reasons for not doing this, but I would be interested to hear what people here have to say on this matter.