Too old to sign on?

Discussion in 'Army Professionally Qualified Recruitment' started by Sundog, Apr 21, 2017.

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  1. I'm a 56 year old, critical care paramedic working in aviation medicine and anaesthetics. Am I too old to sign on again?

    Be gentle, as overtly direct language may make my bones crumble...=-D
  2. Try the reserves.
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  3. Isn't a 'one army' approach these days, so in theory, the same standards apply?
  4. @Sundog,

    Maybe, see the extracts from the Homepage - British Army Website website below, with my underlining and especially the bit I have bolded and underlined in red.

    Join the Army Reserve - British Army Website
    How old do I have to be to join the Army Reserve?
    To join the Army Reserve you need to be 18. You can apply to join when you are 17 years and 9 months old, so that you're ready to join on your 18th birthday.

    Maximum ages for joining the Reservists:

    To join as a soldier, you must apply by the time you are 49 years and 11 months. You must start Phase 1 training by your 51st birthday, and be in Phase 2 by your 52nd birthday

    To join as an officer, you must apply by the time you are 48 years and 9 months. You must start your training by your 50th birthday

    Rejoiners can still join as a soldier until their 52nd birthday, and as an officer (if they have previously commissioned) until their 57th birthday.

    How to join - British Army Website
    How old do I need to be to join the Regular Army?
    To join as a regular soldier you need to be at least 16 years old, although you can start the application process earlier, with your parents' permission. If you're under 18, you'll also need parental consent to join. You should be in Army phase 1 training before your 33rd birthday.

    To apply to become a regular officer you need to be between 18 - 28 years and 11 months, although you can apply for sixth form and university sponsorship before you reach this age. If you're over 30, you may be considered on a case by case basis, if you can get sponsorship from a regiment or corps during the application process. Higher age limits for professional or specialist applicants may apply.

    If you're going from serving soldier to officer, you can attend AOSB up to the age of 28 provided that you arrive at RMAS before your 29th Birthday. Your career profile and realistic potential as a Deferred Entry officer must be carefully considered. It is vital to compare your prospects in the ranks and as a Late Entry Officer, against your long term prospects as a DE officer.
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  5. Thanks for that. That's me fooked then.

    May as well put my 'Korean for beginners' book away as well.
  6. and get your zimmer frame out ;)
  7. Hold on Sundog your a nipper round here,
    Guaranteed you'll be called up IF the s**t hits the fan provided your in reasonable shape your skillset will be appreciated no end,

    So get your reserve gear back out of the wheelie bin

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  8. I did wonder if there'd be a HO type task for us old (but still swift) and bold. A civil defense role protecting (read that as staging on) vital local infrastructure. Maybe we could call it something like.....ermmmmm....let me see....oooo! I about 'Territorial Army' ^^:soldier:
  9. Try the RAF reserve

    5. Am I eligible to join?
    The criteria and age limit for joining the RAF Reserves varies depending on the service and role you are applying for. Here is an overview but please check the full criteria for details.

    • aged 18 to 50 or 56 if you have previous military experience
    • UK or Commonwealth citizen and lived in the UK for the past 5 years
    • be medically fit
    Read the full eligibility criteria
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  10. @Sundog,
    Regular Reserve - British Army Website

    Face it buddy, you are too old:p (unless we are really in the deep shit and they call up the Pensioners).

    Regular Reserve
    When a member of the Regular Army leaves, he or she remains liable to be recalled in times of need. This group is known as the Regular Reserve. The length of time people remain in the Regular Reserve depends on the length of their Regular service, age and sex. Ex-regulars often join the Volunteer Reserve Forces giving them a dual Reserve status.
    Categories of Regular Reserve Service
    Regular Army Reserve of Officers (RARO)

    • RARO I - Officers who transferred from the Regular Army Active List and officers who volunteered
    • RARO II - Officers transferred from Army Reserve Group A
    • RARO III - Officers commissioned for service with RLC/EFI
    • RARO V - Volunteers from The Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service Part-Time Element)

    Regular Reserve
    Regular Reserve is divided into two categories, Sections A and D. They both entail similar liabilities as to reporting, training and call-out but Section A is compulsory and Section D is voluntary. Army Reserve soldiers with particular employment qualifications may apply to join Section D on completion of their Army Reserve service. Members of the Long Term Reserve and Army Pensionersmay volunteer to join section D and may attest for periods of four years at a time. The upper age limit is normally 55.

    Long Term Reserve
    All male (but not female) soldiers who enlisted before 1 Apr 97 have a statutory liability for service in the Long Term Reserve until their 45th birthday. Men and women who enlisted on or after 1 Apr 97 serve for a total of 18 years or until age 55, in the Regular Reserve and Long Term Reserve combined from the date of completion of their full time Colour service. Long Term Reservists may only be recalled under Section 52 of the Reserve Forces Act (RFA) 1996, for home or overseas service, in case of imminent national danger or great emergency.

    Until age 60 those in receipt of an Army pension may be recalled under Section 52 of the RFA 96 for home or overseas service, in case of imminent national danger or great emergency. Present policy is not to recall a pensioner who is over the age of 55.
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