Age waiver?

Hiya,

For work and education reasons I'm looking to relocate to the UK from Canada this autumn or early 2023. I am interested in enlisting in the army reserve. I am 52, with prior military service in Canada. Thirty years ago I would have gone for 21, 23, or HAC, but now, realistically, I'm looking at 101 Engineer, HAC, or something similar, although I could be very happy with a line regiment like the Rifles.

I see that the official guidance is, I am 9 years too late. However, I am fit, I am what you would refer to as a specialist firearms officer and tactical paramedic with the Canadian police, speak three languages including Levantine Arabic, and have a bunch of other attributes that I reckon ought to be an asset to the army reserve. I am a dual citizen with full right of abode and employment in the UK, and a Canadian secret clearance.

I love the UK and am wildly pro-monarchy. I'd like to join up and serve until mandatory retirement, and definitely deploy.

Does anyone have any advice about how to get an age waiver, if there is such a thing, from the Army or MoD? Does anyone have any anecdotes about old geezers who have joined despite the official guidance on age limits?

Thanks in advance, gents.
 

Dreamseller

War Hero
Hiya,

For work and education reasons I'm looking to relocate to the UK from Canada this autumn or early 2023. I am interested in enlisting in the army reserve. I am 52, with prior military service in Canada. Thirty years ago I would have gone for 21, 23, or HAC, but now, realistically, I'm looking at 101 Engineer, HAC, or something similar, although I could be very happy with a line regiment like the Rifles.

I see that the official guidance is, I am 9 years too late. However, I am fit, I am what you would refer to as a specialist firearms officer and tactical paramedic with the Canadian police, speak three languages including Levantine Arabic, and have a bunch of other attributes that I reckon ought to be an asset to the army reserve. I am a dual citizen with full right of abode and employment in the UK, and a Canadian secret clearance.

I love the UK and am wildly pro-monarchy. I'd like to join up and serve until mandatory retirement, and definitely deploy.

Does anyone have any advice about how to get an age waiver, if there is such a thing, from the Army or MoD? Does anyone have any anecdotes about old geezers who have joined despite the official guidance on age limits?

Thanks in advance, gents.
Best bet would be to call the number on the Army jobs website (may be an embuggerance and costly from Canada though) as the recruiting website is still down...
 
Suspect it will be a challenge. Things may have changed, but a mate with a lot of experience (former Oz 2 Cdo and two PhDs) wanted to join 21. He was 48 at the time and a fitter bloke you'd struggle to find. He was chinned off, despite a positive personal recommendation from a former CO of 21.
 
Best bet would be to call the number on the Army jobs website (may be an embuggerance and costly from Canada though) as the recruiting website is still down...
Thanks mate. Cost is not an issue. I think that official MoD and Capita boffins will say no. I'm looking to suss out the sneaky beaky way in and around the boffins Not that I am equating myself to the hooligans from Hereford, but I keep thinking of all the guys who just showed up at Hereford, saying "let me prove myself".
 
Suspect it will be a challenge. Things may have changed, but a mate with a lot of experience (former Oz 2 Cdo and two PhDs) wanted to join 21. He was 48 at the time and a fitter bloke you'd struggle to find. He was chinned off, despite a positive personal recommendation from a former CO of 21.
Thank you. I appreciate the reply.
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
Hiya,

For work and education reasons I'm looking to relocate to the UK from Canada this autumn or early 2023. I am interested in enlisting in the army reserve. I am 52, with prior military service in Canada. Thirty years ago I would have gone for 21, 23, or HAC, but now, realistically, I'm looking at 101 Engineer, HAC, or something similar, although I could be very happy with a line regiment like the Rifles.

I see that the official guidance is, I am 9 years too late. However, I am fit, I am what you would refer to as a specialist firearms officer and tactical paramedic with the Canadian police, speak three languages including Levantine Arabic, and have a bunch of other attributes that I reckon ought to be an asset to the army reserve. I am a dual citizen with full right of abode and employment in the UK, and a Canadian secret clearance.

I love the UK and am wildly pro-monarchy. I'd like to join up and serve until mandatory retirement, and definitely deploy.

Does anyone have any advice about how to get an age waiver, if there is such a thing, from the Army or MoD? Does anyone have any anecdotes about old geezers who have joined despite the official guidance on age limits?

Thanks in advance, gents.

The challenge you will face is not just the age on joining but the upper age for discharge. The AR routinely discharges at 55 for non commissioned and 60 for commissioned. You need to really focus on your skills, particularly the languages, where age is less of an issue, and you may well end up in a "National" unit which will have slightly different TACOS and are employed differently, rather than a mainstream Reserve doing "Drill Nights and Weekends". There is plenty of info about these on the Recruiting website. I will drop you a PM as well.
 

Dreamseller

War Hero
Thanks mate. Cost is not an issue. I think that official MoD and Capita boffins will say no. I'm looking to suss out the sneaky beaky way in and around the boffins Not that I am equating myself to the hooligans from Hereford, but I keep thinking of all the guys who just showed up at Hereford, saying "let me prove myself".
I doubt anyone just "showed up"
 

ste14w

MIA
With your qualifications and experience, why not consider the Int. Corps or similar?
If accepted it could open other doors for you.
 
Hiya,

For work and education reasons I'm looking to relocate to the UK from Canada this autumn or early 2023. I am interested in enlisting in the army reserve. I am 52, with prior military service in Canada. Thirty years ago I would have gone for 21, 23, or HAC, but now, realistically, I'm looking at 101 Engineer, HAC, or something similar, although I could be very happy with a line regiment like the Rifles.

I see that the official guidance is, I am 9 years too late. However, I am fit, I am what you would refer to as a specialist firearms officer and tactical paramedic with the Canadian police, speak three languages including Levantine Arabic, and have a bunch of other attributes that I reckon ought to be an asset to the army reserve. I am a dual citizen with full right of abode and employment in the UK, and a Canadian secret clearance.

I love the UK and am wildly pro-monarchy. I'd like to join up and serve until mandatory retirement, and definitely deploy.

Does anyone have any advice about how to get an age waiver, if there is such a thing, from the Army or MoD? Does anyone have any anecdotes about old geezers who have joined despite the official guidance on age limits?

Thanks in advance, gents.

Still make enquiries for British Army units and like another poster mentioned above, enquire at National units also.

Now, I don't know where abouts within the UK you will be re-locating to and whether the RAF Reserve might be your bag but some of their roles do allow you to sign on up to the age of 55. For example in their careers section there is:

Intelligence Analyst (Linguist)
  • Be aged 18-54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
Ditto for Intelligence Analyst, RAF Regiment Gunner which will suit your combat interest. Don't know if you're willing/can commission but the following two as well; Nursing Officer & Medical Officer.

All in all there are 38 results showing (some engineering roles in there too) for Reservist roles aged 52+ within the RAF so it's worth taking a look if you have no luck with the green variety.
 
Thanks to all for the insight and support. The RAF is a hard no, as they require a period of five years residency in the UK before applying. I believe it's ten years for Int Corps. But nothing ventured, nothing gained!
 

ste14w

MIA
Thanks to all for the insight and support. The RAF is a hard no, as they require a period of five years residency in the UK before applying. I believe it's ten years for Int Corps. But nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Good luck with whichever route you choose to go down.
 

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