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    and yet we've never had a problem in the past with Welsh, Irish or Scottish graduates getting into the Armed Forces. I fail to see the problem you are 'highlighting' here.

    No, nor do I. Leave school at 18, take a gap year and start university at 19 in Scotland, graduate after four years at 23 - and you're only likely to be 23 and 5 months at the absolute oldest by graduation - and, if you are remotely organised, you've got an application under way and still have seven months to start IOT before your 24th birthday. Yes, it's tight, but a gap year followed by a four year degree is by no means a bar in itself.

    The point I was making was that, if aptitudes, trainability etc are linked to age, you might as well consider anyone below the cut off, wherever you decide to set it - not just graduates. If trainability does start to drop off at 24, leave that as the limit, for everyone. If it remains until 28, and the deadline can therefore be extended slightly for graduates, it makes sense to extend it for everyone, to keep the pool of potentials as wide as possible. If graduates make good candidates after 24, the point is that non-graduates might be just as good - so why give graduates special treatment as standard? There will always be exceptions, but I suggest there's no need for a blanket decision - age waivers already exist and are used.

    It applies to Direct Entrants. See amendments to AP3393 for details.


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