Army Reserve Opens Its Doors to the Over 50’s

The Ministry of Defence has raised the upper age limit for the Army Reserve by nine years to 52, as part of their drive to widen the recruitment audience.

The upper age limit for ex-regular soldiers joining the Army Reserve has been increased from 43 to 52, and the limit for former commissioned officers is now 57 rather than 35. The changes have been made to reflect the demographics and increasing health of the population, which widens the recruitment pool.

The age limit also remains at 43 for direct-entry recruits into the army reserve, while the upper age for specialist commissioning has been raised from 45 to 50. Specialists are those individuals with specific skills or experience in particular fields.

Army Reserve Opens Its Doors to the Over 50’sThe change is part of the Government’s plan to increase the Army Reserve from 19,000 to 30,000 by 2020. This increase will see the numbers of Reservists rise from 1,500 to 3,500 in the West Midlands.

With over 200 different roles available within the Army Reserve, there’s plenty on offer for potential recruits. Through training and regular exercises you’ll learn a range of valuable skills which can benefit you in your civilian life; your personal fitness will improve and you’ll meet a great bunch of people. There will also be plenty of opportunity for overseas travel, and a wide and exciting variety of both adventure training and sport.

For more information on becoming a Reservist, please visit our Army Reserve page here or visit the Army Reserve website here.


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