RMR at 30

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  1. I'm moving in a few weeks and there will be an RMR detachment 20 mins away, and I'm thinking of signing up, but I'm nearly 30, which is putting me off.

    I was in the regular army at 18/19, but didn't stick it out.

    I did have a spell with the RMR in Manchester a few years back too, but struggled to balance it with life. I hate people who have a million excuses for these things when in truth they simply don't have the gristle to earn a green beret, but the travel time combined with work issues became too much, and I struggled with the fitness due to shin splints and struggled with my knees on long exercises/downhill running. I've just had an operation on my ankles, unbeknownst to me the problems I were having were because my ankles were so misaligned (they've been rotated 43 degrees)!!!

    I completed "basic" twice believe it or not, but wrapped my tits in before getting the bus to Lympstone.

    So anyway, I'm considering a final go at it now I'm able to get fit and at a more stable point in my life, but being 30 has me doubting myself slightly?

    Any thoughts?

    I'd also like to go for a commission but I was always told that the process of being put in front of the AIB could only take place once all training was completed.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    As you've previously had three attempts in the military without success, it's appreciated you'll be a man on a mission now that you're in the last couple of years of eligibility for other rank, already unfortunately too old for Officer.

    Assuming your medical condition or surgical procedure don't delay or bar a fourth attempt and you were recommended a further opportunity by your last units, go for it.

    Good luck.
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  3. Age limits

    Hi Ninja... Im not sure if this has been answered elsewhere.

    What are the upper age limits for the RMR.

    I am a 32yo ex signals pongo..Got out, joined the TA 131 cdo...had to leave due to personal circumstances. Currently re-applying for the TA. But I am relocating to an area that has an RMR detachment and not gaining the green lid really bites at me.
    I believe the upper age limit for RMR is 32 and I turn 33 in June, brass tacks...am I too old?
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I'm afraid it's unlikely - maybe worth an ask at your unit but the reason for the upper age limit is due to the rigours of the course & the statistically higher failure rate in those over age 30 - due mainly to injury.

    Whilst you, with former service, can join the RNR up to age 45 or a trained rank Royal could join the RMR considerably older (providing the break in service was less than about 5 years), those over age 32 are normally consider too high risk.

    Some units have previously declared age waivers for individuals who've completed the Army Combat Infantrymans Course and served operationally in a "specialist" infantry role very recently, but anecdotally I've not heard of any recruits recently given the opportunity I'm afraid.
  5. thanks

    Thank you very much for your reply.... back to 131 we go lol
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    One thing that's worth bearing in mind is that some (if not all) RMR Units are running two recruit Troops a year instead of the one in Sept/Oct. If you can get into Recruit Training before age 33, it's "game on" but obviously you've got to be at that level of fitness straight away.

    Some units have a recruit troop starting in May... you may just make it!

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