Joining the TA at 40 and above

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  1. Could anyone give me some of idea of what it is like to enlist in the TA at the ages of 40 and above?
    I would like to join one of the combat units in my area (central Scotland). Websites that I have looked at show that my age would only allow me to join one of the support arms.
    I do have military experience (3 years as a regular with the Royal Artillery when I was 17).
    My fitness levels are not bad (current BFT time is 10.35)
    Any info would be much appreciated.
  2. Get in touch with your local TAC.

    The combat unit might not take you but the Signals-engrs-reme may well do.

    Or maybe the monkies or int.
  3. Post 40 you need to show fitness and keenness. They might make you join AGC (like they did with me, even though it wasn't what I wanted), but I was able to move without much bother. In my experience, once you've completed your training you can pretty much go where you like, and infantry should be no bother if that's what you want.
  4. You are too fit at present for the TA.

    Get your PFT time into days and hours then you will have a better chance.

  5. Current maximum age to enlist is 43 unless its a specialist unit so the websites are wrong and a BFT time of 10.35 is more than adequate to pass recruit training easily.

    Army Jobs - TA Age
  6. Although it's amazing what a bit of blag can do... :wink:

  7. Current age limit for TA Infantry(including 4 Para :wink: )is 44 with previous military experiance. The exception is UKSF(R) who only recruit up to 34.

    If you're too old for TA Infantry - you did specify a Combat Unit - you could always try the RAF Regiment Reserve; the Rockapes accept recruits up to 50.

    Good luck! :D
  8. Hi Mate

    I am going through training at the moment and I am aged 40.. joining an Infantry Battalion.. lots of good humoured stick.. etc..seem ok running through past injuries and finding new ones...

    taking each weekend at a time...

    Good luck..
  9. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    On the other hand if you are that desperate to consider the rocks then maybe boy scout troop leader is more interesting.......