Manual of the Medical Department

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Age waivers for reservists?

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  • Age waivers for reservists?

    Hello everyone,

    This is my first time posting in the forum. Sorry if I've posted my questions in the wrong place. I'm currently a civilian with prior AD service (Navy, ET2). After a nasty MEDSEP due to a motorcycle accident, I went to school, got my degree, and I'm now looking to get a SO contract. I'm 26.5 years old, and I'm working through the training guide posted on this website. I'm staying wary of the max age to get an SO contract (29 I think?). With all that background, here are some questions:

    1.) With good PST scores, is a waiver for retained hardware going to be a problem? I have a rod in my femur and the inside of my right wrist looks like a clock.

    2.) Talking with a recruiter, he said that the age requirement for reservists trying to cross-rate to SO was different from a civilian trying to get an SO contract. Since there often aren't billets open for prior service to get an SO contract, the recruiter suggests I affiliate with the reserves, then try to get a contract. I'm afraid that doing the reserve route might push me past the max age. Can anyone expound on this process? What is the timeline? Are the age requirements different between these 2 options? What are the chances that a waiver will be approved between the 2 options?

    Thanks ahead for your answers and comments. Any advice or additional options to explore are welcome.