Confirmed Cadet Over 30s - Help

Hi Everyone,

I have recently passed Briefing, however, I have now been told that in order to do Main Board I need a regiment to sponsor me otherwise known as a confirmed cadet. I have emailed a few regiments which said that they do not offer this anymore and the two cap badges that do said they need me to do Main Board. Capita can't put me through to Main Board unless I get this. Just thredders as it is a bit of a piss take to get this far to only now being told that I need this to even get onto Main Board!

Just wondering if anyone has any advice on this or any regiments who offer this prior to Main Board or what exactly I should do here? I have been told that it is because I am 30 now. Would it be possible to complete Main Board as a Reservist and then switch to Regular and go around the system that way?

Try the RLC, no I'm not taking the piss. You do not make final decisions till you are at Sandhurst anyway and there is plenty of movement and inter-regimental poaching of cadets at Sandhurst.

That is all I can offer so please no long winded exchanges.

Brotherton Lad

Kit Reviewer
I'd say you are maybe too late. However, age waivers are available; I've seen a 34 year old OCdt at RMAS recently (and a few others at 30 or over) but that individual had a particularly attractive skill-set. I suggest you try appealing to your CSM or find a cap-badge which will offer a confirmed place (you've already discovered that not all do and officer recruiting is currently doing very well).

Good luck.


If you choose the reserve option you will need to; meet a unit, get an assessment centre done (as you would enter as a soldier), attest then you will be given the opportunity to book the main board. It would take a lot of time before you get back on track! Unless you have a delay, I would advice you pursue another route as much as possible.

Going through the same process so I feel your pain. Never felt old turning thirty until the recruitment process made me feel like an OAP. I’ve started with a reserve unit to try to get round it, like you’ve mentioned and am actually really enjoying being there, so I’d recommend it.

However, onto the info I have for you...
a) You may want to check that you HAVE to go to a reserve unit first, as I was told that I didnt have to due to having done briefing, I just chose to as, if you find a good unit, they can be really supportive. My OC is a legend.
b) I was on the phone to Capita this morning and was told they’ve just changed the process, so you can now sit Main Board, despite being over the age limit, you’d just have to get Confirmed Cadetship before you try to go to RMAS. However, we all know news from Capita can be a little bit like Chinese Whispers, so check it.
c) Trust me sunshine, you can waste a year like I did trying to get Confirmed Cadetship BEFORE sitting MB, but nobody seems to be willing to take the risk, even AGC. You’re much better trying for it with a Main Board pass under your belt, because at least that lets them know the risk is limited, as you’ve already passed MB.

Hope this is useful to you, and good luck! Feel free to message me if you need to bounce ideas off someone in the same boat :)