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    The last night me and a few friends in a pub were having a debate on the defence forces recruiting age limits i.e army and air corps 17-25, naval service 17-27, there was 3 opinions that night. The first was that because of the recession when the recruitment ban is lifted and things get good again (hopefully) should the age limit be raised to say 17-30 for all 3 services for a few months. The second was that the limit should have been raised to the above limit years ago anyway. And the third was that recruitment age limits are grand the way they are. Well our views were still split after a good few drinks. So how do people feel about it on this site?
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    Yes, When the recession is over the age limit should be made 17-30 to make up for the ban
    29.63%
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    Yes, They should have always been higher like 17-30. 17-25(17-27) is too short age group.
    29.63%
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    No, The age limits are grand the way they are.
    40.74%
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  • #2
    The age limits were lowered in order to reduce the age profile of the DF. If recruitment begins again soon they could probably get away with further lowering the age limit seeing as there is big demand for places.
    "Attack your attic with a Steyr....as seen on the Late Late Show..."

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    • #3
      True, but will that not force people to join other countrys military i.e. BA etc.

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      • #4
        Why would the DF care, once the quota is filled with the best that can be recruited?
        "Attack your attic with a Steyr....as seen on the Late Late Show..."

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        • #5
          Ya make you feel a little bit sick thinking about it that way. God you have to be a lawyer to join at the wrong of times.

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          • #6
            Soldiering is a young mans game. Easier to lead a kid in his late teens than a twenty or thirtysomething who has life experience and his own opinions.


            Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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            • #7
              agreed Goldie, old dogs / new tricks and all that....

              get them in young and mould them into what you want.

              the recession and any knock on effect is no excuse to extend the recruitment age window just to make those effected eligible to join up when the recruiting ban is lifted.

              there is no shortage of young men of fighting age in Ireland and the Irish DF will have no problem recruiting them.

              for those very disgruntled men (and women) who will fall outside the recruitment limits by this most recent ban - unlucky lads - you should have joined years ago.

              PS - good luck to Ireland in the 6 Nations beginning now!

              C'MON IRELAND!!!!
              Last edited by RoyalGreenJacket; 6 February 2010, 15:24.
              RGJ

              ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

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              • #8
                Originally posted by snip1 View Post
                The last night me and a few friends in a pub were having a debate on the defence forces recruiting age limits i.e army and air corps 17-25, naval service 17-27, there was 3 opinions that night. The first was that because of the recession when the recruitment ban is lifted and things get good again (hopefully) should the age limit be raised to say 17-30 for all 3 services for a few months. The second was that the limit should have been raised to the above limit years ago anyway. And the third was that recruitment age limits are grand the way they are. Well our views were still split after a good few drinks. So how do people feel about it on this site?
                The lower age limits & in the introduction of contracts was one of the best things that happened the DF, according to PwC the ideal age of a private is 18-25 (in 1998 less than 10% of privates were that age!).

                It also meant possibility of promotion was a lot better, younger & more competitive.

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                • #9
                  If your fit and able yo do 7 months of training why does age matter.
                  The French Foreign Legion recruiting age is between 18 and 40 years old.

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                  • #10
                    for those very disgruntled men (and women) who will fall outside the recruitment limits by this most recent ban - unlucky lads - you should have joined years ago.
                    Ah yeah, thats easy to say, I tried to rejoin when I was 21, not exactly bus pass and dentures age.
                    Whatever about the upper age limit, I think there should be some way for former members to rejoin (within a reasonable timeframe)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Border Bunny View Post
                      If your fit and able yo do 7 months of training why does age matter.
                      The French Foreign Legion recruiting age is between 18 and 40 years old.
                      But the chances of passing at age of 39 are few! So why should the DF waste money?

                      It is also a lot to do with the cost of pensions!

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                      • #12
                        The DF don't really support people going to third level before joining up tho. Well not if you go as a mature at the age of 23.

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                        • #13
                          Just wondering, why is the upper age limit for the Naval Service 27, versus 25 for the Army?
                          If at first you don't succeed, then call in an airstrike.

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                          • #14
                            Less physically demanding probably

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cs gass View Post
                              less physically demanding probably
                              ohhhhhhhhhh!


                              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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