too old ?

#1
I'm 32 at the moment and thinking about joining the TA - I've spent too many years hunched over a pc and need another few months to get up to speed. What's the upper age limit for joining ?

Are there any disadvantages to having left it so late ?
 
#2
Here is an extract from the TA website:

Requirements

Age
17 – 32 on joining. If under 18, you will need your parents’ permission. There are some exceptions for people over the age of 32 if you have certain specialist skills or previous military experience. The minimum age you may be mobilised is 18.
The disadvantage is having to sit through training that is aimed at the lowest common denominator - ie a 17-year-old school leaver with no life experience. You might find it tedious to be treated like one. Also, your fitness is unlikely to be the same as younger recruits.
 
#3
no mate you are'nt too old.i rejoined the reme ta at 34,having left the infantry ta aged 19.i would suggest that you join a specialised unit if you have a trade that the army desires.i joined the reme specialist down at bordon,and went independant after doing ftrs and a kosovo tour,so the skies the limit,even at your age,you coffin dodger.

be reaght!!
 
#5
I have just joined the infantry TA and i am 34 so your not too old and being older does have advantages,
so go for it mate, as long as you get your fitness up to standard there is not a problem.
 
#6
How can you be too old. you can Join at 55. All depends on how much commitment you want to put in. Some people are a bit sad and they have no other life, some see it as a hobby. You also get a lot ot ex regulars, who find it had after beeinfg out for six months to a year, sort of helps them adjust to civvie life. Sometimes people live by their routines.
 
#7
At 37 I've just started looking into joining the TA. I spent some 13+ years as a regular but have been out for 6 or so.
Now I've reached a stage were my civvy life is on the track I want and I'm looking for something else to motivate me.
I flatter myself I've kept reasonably fit and have a rough idea what to expect but have a couple of questions for any one who can be arsed to answer.

What's the definitive answer on how old is too old?
What's the fiz like, is there any?
What's the scope for holding onto rank after such a break?
Any top tips?

Oh and lastly we're talking RMP here so any Billys with an axe to grind or REMF's who simply want to regurgitate something they heard during NAAFI break / whilst shining their arses behind a desk can chip in now. Go on, knock yourself out!
 
#8
Stoker in answer to your question here goes.
1. upto 38 years old with previuos military experience, if joining within 2 years of leaving services as a trainded soldier yu will not have to undergo rct trg, if your hoining after that you sign up as NFQ and have to do the lot
2. on joining rct must be able to pass a bpfa with an initial time of 15 min falling to the regular times for dictated by age for both men and women by the end of their recruit training.
3. you may retain rank if joining within 6 months of leaving regular service and provided your new unit has a spare LSN
4. join up in previous trade it helps to keep rank pay etc or regain them quickly, tell unit your joining of amy mil instr qual as they are always looking for peeps who can instruct
 
#9
Stoker in answer to your question here goes.
1. upto 38 years old with previuos military experience, if joining within 2 years of leaving services as a trainded soldier yu will not have to undergo rct trg, if your hoining after that you sign up as NFQ and have to do the lot
2. on joining rct must be able to pass a bpfa with an initial time of 15 min falling to the regular times for dictated by age for both men and women by the end of their recruit training.
3. you may retain rank if joining within 6 months of leaving regular service and provided your new unit has a spare LSN
4. join up in previous trade it helps to keep rank pay etc or regain them quickly, tell unit your joining of amy mil instr qual as they are always looking for peeps who can instruct
 
#10
Stoker in answer to your question here goes.
1. upto 38 years old with previuos military experience, if joining within 2 years of leaving services as a trainded soldier yu will not have to undergo rct trg, if your hoining after that you sign up as NFQ and have to do the lot
2. on joining rct must be able to pass a bpfa with an initial time of 15 min falling to the regular times for dictated by age for both men and women by the end of their recruit training.
3. you may retain rank if joining within 6 months of leaving regular service and provided your new unit has a spare LSN
4. join up in previous trade it helps to keep rank pay etc or regain them quickly, tell unit your joining of amy mil instr qual as they are always looking for peeps who can instruct
 
#11
brass_magnet said:
How can you be too old. you can Join at 55. All depends on how much commitment you want to put in. Some people are a bit sad and they have no other life, some see it as a hobby. You also get a lot ot ex regulars, who find it had after beeinfg out for six months to a year, sort of helps them adjust to civvie life. Sometimes people live by their routines.
I presume you`re talking about the RauxAF, they recruit up to 50. The TA is well below that, I was turned down at 42, I`m a qualified diesel fitter, reccy mech, and worked on just about everything that has wheels, can run 1.5 in less than 12, didn`t even get asked to pop in and have a word with them 8O
 
#12
hey slick,try the specialist reme ta,when i rejoined,they had a bloke who was around 40/41,so it may be worth a try if you're still interested.they have a site on the army website,so hope that helps.
 
#14
ten501uk said:
hey slick,try the specialist reme ta,when i rejoined,they had a bloke who was around 40/41,so it may be worth a try if you're still interested.they have a site on the army website,so hope that helps.
Thanks but thats the unit I tried...they advised me to become an Army Cadet Force adult instructor 8O
 
#16
I did my TAOC at 34 and was a damn sight more robust than the little 21 year old kids, and more worldly wise.
 
#17
I'll be 41 in spetember and i've just been accepted in the TA. I do have previous TA experience (8 months worth about ten years ago). I'm joining a specialist unit as a CAD technician.
 
#18
i am 43 and i have been accepted in the TA. Had previous TA infantry experience of over 2 years 18 years ago i have joined as a HCA in a field hospital.
 

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