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Joining age, when is actually too late?

So, I’m 30 later this year. Really aiming to apply around then however, in reality, I’m starting to wonder if there is actually any chance of successfully joining due to my age. I’m aware the age cap is a few years away but I’m not convinced they’ll actually take anyone on over mid twenties. I’ve been looking on the forum and trying to do some digging but don’t seem to come up with much of an answer. Should I apply or am I wasting someone’s time if I do?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Trust me, there's been a few over 30's joining up, as long as you can get through Phase 1 and 2 with people much younger than you, and take being shouted at for what may appear trivial things, and by people younger than you, go for it.g

Phase one is only 10 weeks of what can be a long career.
 

Chris P

War Hero
29, you're only a sprog my friend, don't talk yourself into getting old before your time, and by the way chockhead is a good role to get into, exciting at times if that's what you're looking for.
 

dart16

Midshipman
Iv just gone through Raleigh at the age of 33. I applied at 29 and it took a while to get in. The young lads called me Grandad but at times I would frequently out perform them. At times lots of things are irritating but it is only 10 weeks. In my intake of 60 people I was not the oldest. There were 7 - 8 older and a few my age or just below. Apply now, don't delay as the application process can be a long time.
 
Iv just gone through Raleigh at the age of 33. I applied at 29 and it took a while to get in. The young lads called me Grandad but at times I would frequently out perform them. At times lots of things are irritating but it is only 10 weeks. In my intake of 60 people I was not the oldest. There were 7 - 8 older and a few my age or just below. Apply now, don't delay as the application process can be a long time.

how comes it took so long?
 

dart16

Midshipman
For me, there was a year young delay due to capita being capita. (Capita deal with medicals) and I joined a small branch with a long waiting time.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
What did you find irritating, it might help others in their late twenties/thirties prepare themselves.
 

fishhead

War Hero
Once I was issued with a SM white woolly pully I never wore my seaman's jersey again. I still have that ,by the way, should the gardening require any extra cold weather clothing.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Once I was issued with a SM white woolly pully I never wore my seaman's jersey again. I still have that ,by the way, should the gardening require any extra cold weather clothing.
I've still got my white woolly pully as well, I don't chuck anything out :)

Still got my AGR if this virus comes in my direction!
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
This was the only thing the mob wanted back off me(and ID card).
May have known I was wearing it down the local on a Friday night. :(
 
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