I'm applying to join as an officer and my number 1 choice is definitely the Infantry. However, I'm 28 and have been told in no uncertain terms that I'm just too much of an old fart to be accepted. What I'm wondering, out of curiosity and with no agenda, is what serving Infantry soldiers/NCOs think about the age of their Platoon Commanders? Assuming that you have a fit, motivated and loyal Platoon Commander, would you give a damn if he was 20 or 29? There's numerous accounts of very young officers doing very well so I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with the system. Could there be any benefit in having an older PC? Supposedly, the Platoon Sergeant's experience and age offset the youth of the PC? To offer up some form of "benefit" would it help to have a PC that has experience in the real world, dealing with mortgages, babies, wives, cars, lawyers etc.