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2017/04/08 15:12:13 (permalink)
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Personnel shortage upper age criteria.

I am 34 years of age & I wish to start a career in the Royal Navy as an engineer. Why is the role finder and eligibility information so ambiguous? Marine engineering specifies up to 34, whereas weapons engineer and air tech are much more vague with the upper age limit classified as "under 37 years old when you begin basic training".
 
As previously stated I am 34 and the role finder deems me eligible for both weapons and air engineer. I have gone through the steps to register my interest and apply. Within seconds I have an automated reply from the RN stating "Unfortunately, you’re outside the required age limit" What is with that? If eligibility counts up to your 34th birthday then the role finder needs to be amended as it is feeding back incorrect info.

I was under the impression engineering personnel were in demand & I am being knocked back because my age is out by a gnats whisker! If I wanted to be a chef I have at least another 2 years before I am too old. I think the MOD needs to review its eligibility criteria, as the RN is potentially losing new recruits (e.g. me).

So the purpose of this message is to voice my frustration with the website & also to have someone confirm to me if I still have a chance of being an engineer? I know that the upper age limit has already increased from 30 in the last couple of years. What are the chances of the goal posts being moved again?
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Re: Personnel shortage upper age criteria. 2017/04/09 16:41:06 (permalink)
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The frustration is appreciated and thank you for taking the time to submit constructive feedback.
 
The eligibility age parameters are generic rather than branch/role - specific but we will feed back regarding the perceived ambiguity for review by our Marketing department.
 
The reason for the different age limits are due to the career pull-through timelines in different roles and branches and the manpower shortages at different pinch points. To put that into plain English: The shortages in the engineering branches are more acutely felt at Senior Rate level at present. In order to increase manning at that level, those joining need to join at an age where they can reach that Rate prior to their end of contract and reaching pensionable age.
 
Manning levels are constantly reviewed and age parameters, as you note, do change. We are unable to predict whether this will change in the near future unfortunately as the decision rests with individual branch managers, rather than Captain Naval Recruiting.
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Re: Personnel shortage upper age criteria. 2017/04/09 21:14:18 (permalink)
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Hello & thank-you for the reply. Just to be absolutely crystal clear, can you just confirm the age parameters for engineering, joining as a rating? My understanding is up to 34 (including your 34th birthday), this was according to an AFCO on another navy forum. If this can be confirmed as fact (without seeming to repeat myself), the role finder should reconfigure the age eligibilty brackets to filter/show the appropriate roles more accurately.
 
I understand that at 34 there are still roles available to me if I still wish to join the navy. If I wanted to be involved within a specialisation that gave me the opportunity to use tools and fix/repair kit &/or be as physically active as possible, what available roles could you recommend me to look into please?
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Re: Personnel shortage upper age criteria. 2017/04/10 09:38:34 (permalink)
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We can confirm for ET(ME), ET(WE) and AET, applicants must complete all selection elements and enter service and commence Initial Naval Training, irrespective of when they commence the selection process, before they reach their 34th birthday.
 
The job that possibly closest fits the bill with regards "hands-on" is ET(WE)CIS, upper age 36 and it is a shortage category branch, so worth having a look at.
 
Most service jobs involve a physically active aspect but Warfare specialisations often also involve working outdoors. Best bet? Pop into your nearest AFCo and have a chat about various options.
 
Best of luck.
 
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Re: Personnel shortage upper age criteria. 2017/04/10 11:21:51 (permalink)
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All I have to say is thank-you. That has given me some hope and something to look into for sure. Time is certainly ticking so my best bet is to do as advised and get myself to an AFCO for a chat.

Thanks again for all of your help, input and most of all... well wishes of luck!
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