Reserve US Doc mobilizes at 75

Not too old
I know this chap has got very specialist skills and the US mil works in a different way, but does anyone else believe that the UK TA has set its upper age limits too low and is missing out on potential recruits 8O


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That's nothing - our Dr (retired Col) Whitcher was still doing Recruit Medicals for the TA at the age of 92 (which may account for something). He gave up locum work - including at Deepcut - when he got to 90, as he was slowing down a bit. He sadly died last December. He was always an absolute Gent, and a Top Doc (altohugh he had VERY cold hands). He was trained well before the invention of 'machines that go beep' and could diagnose a heart murmor by listening. He was serving in the NW Frontier as a Doctor before the War......
I was interested to see this story on the BBC today. This was entry into the regulars of course - entry for RNR is up to 45 and RAuxAF up to 55.

Mother is navy's oldest recruit

A woman from Scotland has realised a life-long ambition by joining the Royal Navy at the age of 36.
The navy said Tracy Philp, from Grangemouth, now has the honour of becoming the oldest female recruit to join the Senior Service.

The single mother has completed eight weeks training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall, where her fellow students had an average age of 18.

Able Seaman Philp passed out as the top recruit for her entry.

Her 19-year-old daughter Claire said seeing her mother in uniform was an emotional moment.

"I am so proud of her and I knew she could do it," she said.

The navy opened their arms up to me and signed me up

Able Seaman Tracy Philp

Ms Philp said she has wanted to join the navy since she was 15.

"I've always been a get-up-and-go sort of person and I wanted the buzz of being part of such a big thing," she said.

"I was ready to go to the careers office when I found out I was pregnant."

So 19 years and two marriages later, Ms Philp discovered she had a second chance to join up.

"Two really good friends of mine who were submariners told me the navy had extended the upper age limit of new recruits to 37," she said.

"I rushed down to the careers office in Glasgow on the day of my 36th birthday, had a talk with one of the careers officers, and the navy opened their arms up to me and signed me up."

The Able Seaman said her initial worries about fitting in with the younger male and female recruits were soon overcome.

"My class are great. They do listen and respect me, but we also have a laugh," she said.

"Having to go to bed on a Saturday night at 2230 is also a strange scenario, but there are reasons for it and we're kept very busy."

Her basic training included marching, drill practice, obstacle and assault courses, firefighting and handling and firing an SA80 rifle.

After a weekend's leave, Able Seaman Philp has returned to HMS Raleigh to begin training as a Royal Navy Steward.

She said: "I've signed on for the full 22 years and at my age, I need to set my sights high.

"Ultimately, I'd like to be promoted to become a Chief Petty Officer and hopefully that will be achievable.

"I have always wanted something more out of life than just sitting in my house and, with my itchy feet, the navy will give me a chance to travel."

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