There's a bit of a difference between flying a drone and being a pilot, which is what RAF RPAS operators are. If you don't make the basic academic requirements then age is pretty irrelevant, and a drone operators licence wouldn't tip the balance. The Army operates systems more akin to what you are used toThe position they are recruiting for (RPAS) says that you can't be over 33 years of age, I'm nearly 35, and must have adequate 4 a-c GCSE's, I think I have 3. However, I do have an actual qualification as a current licensed drone operator. I know pretty much zero about recruitment to both the RAF or Army so I'm not sure how strict these are and if my current situation would be considered at all.