Re. new upper age limits for the TA

#1
Hello all,

As I'd always assumed that I was too far past my sell-by-date to consider TA service, imagine how simultaneously gutted/delighted I was to find that the limit is now 43, with me only four and a bit months into my 44th.

Anyway, as I'm fairly fit and not too thick (I managed the BCFT that I found on the web in the 30 age group times), I thought I'd try my luck. The London Scottish said no, 35 max. Then I tried the HAC, who sounded quite promising but have now also said no, 43 absolute tops or 45 with recent military experience. I am going to go to their next presentation evening, in the hope that going along in person might swing it.

I understood that recruiting is a problem at the moment, that being the case is there no discretionary margin allowed by the MOD? Perhaps I should try some of the mechanised TA regiments?

Any advice would be very welcome as I don't want to waste people's time, but on the other hand I do feel that I could make a useful contribution before decrepitude and senility set in (At 46 I guess, in the view of the MOD! :D )

JJ
 
#3
Furryturd said:
There is always the RAuxAF, they will take up tp 50+ including regiment as far as I am aware.
Also RNR - 45 with prior military experience though this can be pushed for those with the right experience. All one of the branches (GSSR) seem to do these days is run around in green with SA80s doing force protection.

Edited for poor grammar
 
#4
Why not find a local REMF outfit (a Field Ambulance maybe - he said standing by to be flamed) who'll take you and then jump ship when you have your 'recent miltary experience'.
 
#5
JohnJorrocksMFH said:
The London Scottish said no, 35 max. Then I tried the HAC, who sounded quite promising but have now also said no, 43 absolute tops or 45 with recent military experience. I am going to go to their next presentation evening, in the hope that going along in person might swing it.
I'm not sure if the London Scottish would have a lower upper age limit on account of being an infantry unit. The Royal Yeomanry recruit up to the age limit of 43. All the info you need is on their website, click here for the web page. If you were looking in the London area, the Westminster Dragoons (W Sqn) are just beside Putney Bridge tube station and are recruiting at the moment. PM me if you need any info.

TGM
 
#6
As of Feb this year, and I quote from the DIN

"DM(A) authority is required to enlist Ex-Regulars with special skills over the age of 43 where the engagement offered will
usually be to the NRA of 55 ie. less than 12 years. Note: every effort should be made to encourage ex-Regs, over the age of
43, to apply to join the TA."

Also, as mentioned above, RauxAF will take potential Officers up to their 56th birthday, I'm 55, and I attended selection at OASC last week.
 
#10
Interestingly here in Oz we keep lifting the limit. You can serve to ager 55 as of right, and 60 with an extension (and everyone seems to be offered an extension).

You can enlist up to the age of 54. You have 54 year old grandfathers who have taken early retirement on basic recruit course……

I know of a 63 year old Major who served in Vietnam who is currently in Afghanistan.

Strange days indeed…….


PS – We will sponsor and accept former MOD service personnel into the ADF. You can have a brand new career here in sunny Oz!!!!
 
#13
JohnJorrocksMFH said:
Hi Bravo Bravo,

I live near Aylesbury, work in St Albans. I can get into London very easily after work as I commute by bike.

JJ
Try 606 sqn RauxAF at RAF Benson or 600 sqn at Northolt

www.rafreserves.com
 
#15
Bumhole,

I presume you are ADF. Could you possibly explain why UK Royal Navy Veterans have been awarded the Australia Defence Medal (ADM) whilst Veteran UK Army and RAF personnel who served in 28 Commenwealth Brigade or on Excange postings with the ADF or on Long Look are not entitled to the award. It smacks of double standards to me,

Ta

Mike 83
 
#16
mike83 said:
Bumhole,

I presume you are ADF. Could you possibly explain why UK Royal Navy Veterans have been awarded the Australia Defence Medal (ADM) whilst Veteran UK Army and RAF personnel who served in 28 Commenwealth Brigade or on Excange postings with the ADF or on Long Look are not entitled to the award. It smacks of double standards to me,

Ta

Mike 83
The ADM eligibility criteria requires completion of an initial enlistment period OR four years service.


I assume the RN members were here for 4 years. From memory “Long Look” is just 6 months.

But its not too late. We have a "Grey Army" full of OAPs. Most people on this site can get 4 years up in Oz if they want the medal.
 
#17
Bumhole Thanks,

I am absolutely sure that the RN personnel would not have spent 4 years years in Australia on secondment, however a friend has actually seen the awarding letters to some of them. I do know of several Army personnel who whilst on a tour with 28 Commonwealth Brigade were imbedded in the Orbat of either the RAR or other ADF heavy Brigade units and subsequently went on to fill Staff Posts at Canberra, therby completing more than the 4 Years criteria. One of them submitted his application for the ADM and was informed in no uncertain terms that it was an Aussie only Award and not for attached personnel from other Nations. Something is clearly not right.
Ta
 
#19
stroker said:
Why not find a local REMF outfit (a Field Ambulance maybe - he said standing by to be flamed) who'll take you and then jump ship when you have your 'recent miltary experience'.

Perhaps you should refresh yourself on what a REMF is then klook at the job of a Field Ambulance.
 
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