Reservist after 40???

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  1. Heather

    Heather Officer Candidate

    Jun 15, 2016
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    I served 6.5 AD. I had an honorable discharge. I left to take care of my son and support my husband's military career. I also pursued my education and career.
    I was in the healthcare industry over 16 years and now am pursuing my Masters in Education, so I can teach.
    I have no VA claims and other than being over 40, I am physically fit, probably more than most. I am 99.9% sure I can pass the entrance exam.

    I am interested in going into an officer program with the Navy Reserves. Any help and insight would be appreciated. Where is the school? How long? Fitness requirements. Thank you.
  2. Technofox

    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    Yes you could join the reserves. If you've previously served, and can complete 20 years of service before age 60, you can reenlist if between the ages of 17-59. Without prior service, the cutoff point is averaged at age 42.

    What are the qualifications to join the Reserves and National Guard?

    The following are the basic requirements for joining. You must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen or nationalized to be a Reserve or National Guard officer.
    • To enlist, you must be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien.
    • Age requirements differ between branches of service, but in general you must be between the ages of 17-42 with no prior service (NPS). Note: Seventeen year olds need parental consent. Or between the ages of 17 and 59 for those with prior service (PS) and are able to complete 20 years of creditable service for retirement by age 60.
    • Take and pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
    • Pass an Armed Forces Physical Examination.
    • Must be available for initial active duty training.
    • Must agree to participate in an initial tour of active duty training of at least 12 weeks
    But for the Navy, the cutoff point is different:

    To join the U.S. Navy Reserve, you must be between 18 and 39 years old (exceptions can be made for those with prior service).

    Navy Reserve training, like full-time Navy training, begins with seven to nine weeks of Boot Camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

    This is the only one I'm not completely sure on, and can't find info for, but I'd wager that if you can pass boot camp for regulars, you could pass it for reserves as their requirements tend to be less strict.

    Any other questions we could help you with.


    @Pathfinder @AMDR anything to add or do either of you have additional points to make.

    And has anyone seen @Sven could really use his help with this|Shifty|.
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  3. Pathfinder

    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    I don't know anything about these types of issues, I'm just a civi. |Bookworm|

    I would look at this site, but the OP had served previously so as indicated above she may still have a green light to join.