Oldest New Recruit Youve Run Across

#1
So about a year or two ago the maximum recruitment age got hiked up to 33 I think it was. Just wondering what the oldest new recruit people have run across since then? Have many people have taken advantage of the move?

I know it's a weird question but it came up out of a semi-drunken conversation this evening and now I'm interested. God these spell check thingies are useful. :)
 
#4
At lichfield we had a 25 year old guy when i was there, and the other troop at the same place in training had a 26 and a 27 year old i believe, think the eldest guy left though
 
#6
Had a 25 year old in 1989. He was the oldest by 19 months but the fastest around a BFT.
 

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#7
I was 34 when I went back to do TA basic at Grantham
There was no reduction in times for us oldies we just charged round with everyone else
I don't think I was oldest by a long chalk either
 
#9
No 1 T.R.R.E Hove, 1960, guy joined wearing his U.N Korea and G.S.M
 
#10
Had a 35 year old dude in my platoon when I signed up. Nice guy really. Considering he could do three miles in less than sixteen minutes. Quite impressive, I thought, till I found out he had been in the olympics.

He is still in, last time I heard, and apparently he is still doing less than sixteen minutes a mile.

The fecker.
 
#11
Top you all

we have a 42 yr old with no prior experience going through training now


BUT


I have run accross a 47 yr with no prior exp in the same boat, this is a different unit and I am unsure if the are still in the process as they would have to go though ADSC, our guy just made it under the tape so to speak
 
#12
Devil_Dog said:
Had a 35 year old dude in my platoon when I signed up. Nice guy really. Considering he could do three miles in less than sixteen minutes. Quite impressive, I thought, till I found out he had been in the olympics.

He is still in, last time I heard, and apparently he is still doing less than sixteen minutes a mile.

The fecker.
Is that backwards? Carrying a large bag of spuds?
 
#13
I had a 31-year old in one of my troops at Lympstone. He also had a degree in physics and his previous jobs was as an aerodynamics specialist for Maclaren. Which is about as close to rocket scientist as you get.

Unfortunately he was gash and he got binned at about week 13.
 
#16
mate of mine did sas selection for 23 at the age of 40, he was ex 3 para and knew a few sf types(from previous unit) who managed to get him on selection, he passed and served for seven years including active service in Bosnia and Afghan.
 
#17
The oldest git I met who signed on again a few years ago was me :D

Only 41 (diagnosed as havn juvenile dementia - too young for senile yet) and I can do a BFT (canny mind what ye call it these days) in slippers n pipe in two and a half days flat.

Can change my colostomy bag on the run and don't need a heavy bergan for the CFT on account of the size of my prostrate.

Far too many bits to put back in the SA80 though - what's wrong wi the SLR?? At least ye can get more tourist tenners down that barrel :D

Any cheeky comments n I'll piss in yer soup AGAIN :D
 
#18
54 year old female at exeter barracks last year just starting her training she iis going to be a chef some old dudes as well in the band im told they dont have to do a recruit course these were all TA
 
#19
and when i went on telic 3 i thought id be one of the oldest there at 40 :D but alas no there were two chefs one was called junior one was called pops juniour was 19 and done 18 months in the TA pops was 59 and was ex reg been everywere top bloke he was reminded me of my dad same age as well
 
#20
Going back to the Dark Ages of the Cold War and my pivotal TA Home Defence battalion - we had one recruit who must have been early thirties and a bank manager to boot. Quietly spoken and always polite. Apparently, on his return to the office, post his recruits' course, he had some minor adjustment problems. His secretary nearly fainted when he politely asked her to get him the fecking so-n-so file. :D
 

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