Rather old for Raleigh??

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by C20, Oct 17, 2009.

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  1. C20


    Having just failed my AIB (rather badly apparently) I am trying to decide the next course of action.
    The obvious direction would be to join up as a rating but given that I am 27 I am wary. Whilst I am obviously still under the upper age limit, how many 27 year olds tend to end up in Raleigh?
    I imagine most new recruits are going to be quite a bit younger than me so what kind of reception could I expect?
    I would be thinking of Hydro/Oceano/Metero specialist which I believe has a 2 year waiting list but would I jump some of that having gone through the officer process?

    Some one also suggested the RFA, am I right in thinking their recruits would possibly be on average older?

    Any advice greatly appreciated, I'm floundering at the moment not sure what to do.
  2. I would'nt let age bother you.

    There seems to be plenty of people joining at later ages, and quite a few pushing the other side of 30.

    If a career in the navy is what you want, go for it!
  3. I have just got back from rnac and thier were a few people who were 27 but they were the oldest but i doubt you will be the oldest but if you really want to do it then your age shouldnt matter and you can work your way up the ranks pretty quickly.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    On my last visit to Raleigh there was a 36 year old Mum undergoing phase one training with two other guys in the same division well into their 30's in the one Class I spoke to on the Fire-Fighting unit - all of them appeared to be thoroughly enjoying themselves & all of them later Passed-Out successfully.
  5. I will be 29 by the time i get in so dont worry mate, the one thing which i found though is the fitness to be better amonst the older guys which is strange.
  6. They have done a few more laps around the bedroom. :lol:
  7. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    You can join the Army up to 35 these days mate so under 30 doesn't mean a thing. Get yourself in the forces. You'll love it.
  8. C20


    Thanks guys, appreciate it. I think I now know the way forward. :)
  9. Sorry to hear about your AIB C2M. Good luck with your new direction though :)
  10. i'm going to Raleigh in 3 weeks and i'm 33 if it's something you really want to do go for it
  11. I will be 31 four days into Raleigh, age should not be that much of an issue for you.
  12. I'm 30 now and should be 31 when I go Raleigh. I'm joining as sea spec. I did my PJFT in under 10 mins. The fitness assessor told me I beat a lot of royal marine recruits.

    I don't mind if people start calling me grand dad at Raleigh. But I can't wait to show up all the young guns when I do my physicals (apart from swimming, which i'm working on right now at my local swimming pool).
  13. Chemisttoofficer the likelhood of you being the oldest in your class is realisticly high, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. As long as you are aware of that and are fine with it if that is the case, then its not a problem and at the end of the day you wont be the oldest once you're on a survey ship.

    PS for the RFA its 53 so you're age group is closer to the RN.
  14. I'll be 36 when I start at Raleigh next month. So don't worry, I can't wat to get started.
  15. I was 23. The oldest but not the unfitest in any respect.
    Go for it!! But don't forget to re-try for AIB as soon as possible.
    Easire from the inside (you can get lessons on passing it!)
    Good luck!!
  16. C20


    Thanks again everyone. I'm actually pleasantly stunned to discover that there are a lot of older recruits. I don't feel quite so old now ;)

    I should really change my nickname though.. :)
  17. don't believe a word of this, AIB from within the service is in NO WAY easier to even get to than from 'civvy street'.
  18. But if your keen you will get a lot of assistance from the hossifers, especially those that joined up as ratings and sold their souls, sorry meant crossed to the dark side :lol:
  19. The upper age for entry into the RFA is 62 for Ratings.I have just completed my latest trip at sea on a ship in which there was two Deck Hands in their early sixties onboard.
  20. Never meant to imply it was, just that there's more assistance and support once you're in. AIB will still be the same, maybe harder as the applicant will already have "insider" knowledge as to how the mob works

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