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SBS(R) previous experience and upper age

Discussion in 'RMR Section and RMR Selection' started by reacher89, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. reacher89

    reacher89 Member

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    Can anyone clarify the often conflicting information that I am reading around SBS(R), some sources say that you have to have previously been in the military and other sources say that upon successfully finishing RMR training you can apply if deemed suitable by your OC?

    In terms of the age limit as well, is SBS(R) also 32 upper limit? I am currently 31 and have only just applied for RMR. Based on a 12-15month time period to finish RMR training there is no possible way that I could finish RMR and be eligible for SBS(R) unless I went straight into it.
     
  2. Chelonian

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  3. R4Robotics

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    You can’t go straight to SBS(R) like you can SAS(R).
    I haven’t had a look at the thread link - but there is a user whose info is valid. I can’t recall his username though think it’s obvious.

    A lot of SBS(R) knowledge is speculation as there is very little info out there (or at least there wasn’t )
     
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  4. reacher89

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    Thanks R4Robotics, I know I can’t go straight there. Whst I meant was given the age limit I’d have to complete RMR training and would have very little time in the RMR before I met the upper age limit, so in a sense unless my OC didn’t put me forward very quickly I would be too old. Unless I’m understanding it wrong.
     
  5. Aerial

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    Which RMR detachment have you applied to? There are intakes annually, so if you have only just applied (depending on your det) you might actually only start training next year.
     
  6. Chelonian

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    @reacher89 The current subject matter expert on SBS (R) recruitment is @Reserve
    TheRubberDagger is currently away from the forum.

    As stated by @R4Robotics there is lots of speculation out there generally as UKSF (R) recruitment is constrained by disclosure regulations.

    Threads with input from Reserve and TheRubberDagger contain credible information as they edit out inaccuracies.
     
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  7. reacher89

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    I’ve applied to the London detachment Aerial.

    I’ve just got off the phone with the recruiter now, who told me that I won’t make this Septembers intake so would be looking at September 2021. Which given the fact that I would be 6 months shy of 33 at that point basically discounts me from being eligible for SBS(R), as there is no way I would get an age waiver having not previously served, right?
     
  8. thirdtry

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    Have you looked into 21 SAS? They cover the South East.

    In that part of the country there is also SF Signals Reserve with a much shorter training pipeline, 255 BTY which are a specialist Reserve JTAC unit, and a few more specialised reserve units. RMR and 4PARA both have massively longer training pipelines than any other direct entry reserve unit, coming in 6 months or so longer even than 21/23 SAS.
     
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  9. reacher89

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    @thirdtry the army is a dud for me unfortunately. I’ve spent the last 10 yrs going back and forth with the army. I got into Sandhurst at 20 and deferred my entry to go to university and get my degree, then when I went to go back in they declared me medically ineligible. I went through a 2.5 yr appeals process in which multiple consultant orthopaedic surgeons said that I was absolutely fine and there was no reason to doubt my suitability for military service but the Army wouldn’t budge.

    It was only after speaking to a friend who failed the army medical but then succeeded in joining the Navy that I figured I’d try the Marines. I’d be applying for regular service if the officer cut off wasn’t 25.
     
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  10. Mattys

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    If your interested in the reserves and would have gone officer route if your age wasn’t in the way why not just go regulars?
     
  11. reacher89

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    Can’t afford to. I’d have to take a pay cut if I went in as an officer but I could stomach that pay cut. I’m married and we couldn’t afford for me to be on regular starting salary.
     
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    Agh that’s fair enough totally understand the situation!
     
  13. Biggles

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    Hi mate Im London detachment also and have been deferred to 2021 as although I completed my PJFT+ the medical hasn't been done yet - it was scheduled the day they stopped doing them due to Coronavirus:(. Therefore I'll miss next weekends intro weekend.
     
  14. Reserve

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    SBS (R) is open to regular and reserve candidates– you must have at least 24 month service as a trained rank.

    Simply search for the relevant DIN on MODNET. It has recently been reviewed and updated and contains a wealth of useful information.

    You must obtain permission from your chain of command to attend a briefing course and subsequent selection course. Your Branch Manager/RCMO will need to be made aware. The system for this may vary by Unit but I suggest you start with a General Request Chit.

    The upper age remains at 34 years old. Applicants must be able to commit to intense and extended training demands and be willing to deploy overseas and commit to operations.
     
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    Sorry to hear this - still, plenty of extra phys time! If you don't mind me asking, had you had your triage call yet?
     
  16. Biggles

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    Yes had triage - failed TMU appealed and won!