Age. Too old to join?

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Reserve Recruitment' started by fannyb, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. Hi all.

    I'm 43 on February 17th. I Spoke last night with one of the NCO's from the Cardiff Detachment of 144 Para Med Sqn and he said that short of forging birth certificate, passport and driving license I should consider myself too old to join the TA.

    If I apply to join before my 43rd birthday am I within the allowed age range?

    If I apply after my 43rd am I too old?

    Do I have enough time to apply?

    This isn't a question about fitness or P Coy etc etc.

    Any and all advice greatly appreciated...

    And thanks to Nathan for the discussion we had last night.
  2. msr

    msr LE

    From TA regulations:

    5.013. General
    a. With effect from 1 April 2007, the maximum age for enlistment for TA Group A soldiers will be the day before their 43rd birthday. Soldiers will initially sign on for a 12 year engagement which, subject to their age, satisfactory performance, retention of medical fitness for role and vacancies appropriate for their rank and employment would be eligible for a further extension of 12 years. On completion of 24 years’ service and subject to the provisions outlined above, soldiers would be eligible to re-engage for periods
    of up to 6 years at a time until they reached the normal retirement age (NRA) of 55 years or the age specified for certain forms of employment in Annex C/5. (Subject to the provisions outlined above, soldiers over the age of 43 years on completion of their initial engagement will be offered a reduced engagement until they reach the age of 55 years or the age specified at Annex C/5.)

    At 43 I would rather point you towards the ACF as an Instructor for future soldiers / good citizens.

  3. Thank you msr
  4. You could always try the RAFR; they recruit up to 55, including the Rockape Reserves.
  5. I was under the impression it was 44 with previous military.
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    Don't think that Tommo would agree with you about the age thing...
  7. hi to all i myself am trying to find out the cut off age for joining a specialist unit , i have atatched to the military works force twice as a TA soldier in 2002 , 2003 so will see what you guys have to say shaun
  8. See the other thread you posted and get yourself a new username.
  9. PRG


    It depends how short they are on numbers.I enlisted at 44.Did the RRR in a decent time though which helped I guess.