HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN THE REGULAR ARMY?

To join as a soldier you must:

  • You must be at least 16 years old to join the Army as a soldier.
  • You can start your application when you're 15 years and 7 months.
  • Be enlisted before your 36th birthday
  • If you're under 18, you'll also need parental consent to join

To join as an officer you must:

  • Be between 18 and 29
  • Higher age limits apply for specialists, eg Doctors
  • Over 30s are considered on a case by case basis. Please contact us on 0345 600 8080 to discuss your options
  • Scholarship applicants must be under 18 on 1 August in the year of the award

HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN THE ARMY RESERVE?

As a Reservist soldier:

  • Be at least 17 years and 9 months when you apply.
  • You can join most roles until you are 43 - check rolefinder for more information about the role you are interested in joining
  • There are higher age limits for some specialist roles

As a Reservist officer

  • Be at least 17 years and 9 months when you apply. Apply by the time you're 48 years and 9 months.
  • There are higher age limits for some specialist roles

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