RNR Upper Age Limit

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  1. I've read that the upper age limit for ratings in the RNR is 45 if you are ex-navy, does this apply no matter what rating you where and no matter how long ago you left.

    I only ask as I'm 44 and left back in 89 (AB) but fancy one last go at getting back into my blue suit, do I stand a chance ?
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Welcome to RR,

    Good question, well put. (Frantic scurry to reference books...)

    You are correct with regard upper age limits for fully trained ex-RN ratings, however the regulations stipulate "suitably qualified". This is where we enter the inconclusive realms of subjectivity with regard determining whether "suitably qualified" includes the word "currency".

    Not wishing to sound negative but 19 years "out of the loop" may unfortunately place you outside the acceptable parameters unless you have possibly been able to keep current working in a closely related area of expertise.

    The advice would be to certainly make the enquiry, but not to be overly optimistic as doubtless this is a call made at a senior level.
  3. I wonder why there should be an upper age limit for service in the Reserves ?

    There must be many of us, even those like me who left in the 70/80s, who are still fit enough, and still have control of their faculties (and bodily functions !! ;) ) who could competently do shorebased postings, or even serve in home water drafts should an emergency arise.

    I suppose, if and when the crunch came, and the UK was invaded, there'd be no problem in utilising the skills of the older generation of Jacks?Jennies ?

    Just a thought, on a fairly quiet work day..... :)
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Frankly the RNR & RMR would be delighted if recent, fully trained leavers from the regular service were to join & impart their knowledge & experience to the benefit of all. It's a great benefit to all concerned when you do-not need to train people.

    The problem is skill fade. If you have a skillset that is very much needed in the RNR then it's always worth having a chat with the local reserve unit to see whether you meet their eligibility criteria for a given specialisation.
  5. It's quicker just to go and bang your head against a brick wall for a while. It has a similar effect, but without the hassle.

  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    There is indeed that option. :thumright:

    Truth is, it's personality driven in many cases, so there may be different degrees to which people throw their arms open in welcoming you!
  7. Knowing how the mob works I suspect I could get so far down the joining up routine only for someone above to pull the plug.

    So I guess it will have to be the TA for me, upper age limlt 43 so no problem there.

    Would like to know why the age limits are different for each service, its even higher for the RAF.
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The reasons are no doubt diverse.

    Doubtless the mob may well ask why you left it 19 years to bother asking, however as stated it would probably be worth asking your nearest RNR unit the question rather than get in a huff about age limits on the categoric assumption you may not get accepted.

    You have previously stated you were 44, so if the TA accepts people up to the age of 43, it's difficult to understand why you think it will be no problem there whilst being advised to pursue the enquiry with regard the RNR.

    The RAF accept older qualified pilots, you are quite correct.

    Whatever you choose, the very best of luck to you.

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