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    Where can I go to get the official age restrictions for joining the Army? I found 35, 42, 35 but must be 34 on ship out date. I found PT tests requirements up to 42. Where can I get the official answer?

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    35 for active duty Army and 42 for the Army National Guard. Here is a website.

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    I am looking to join the Army Reserve. I just turned 35 and plan to get with the recruiter at the beginning of the year. I've got a few pounds to shed and some cardio to do. I am looking for an infantry MOS but after reading some threads, I am a little confused. What is the deal with the 11b vs 11c and a 4 or 40 option? The web site mentions an 11x which is what I thought was infantry but I don't know what the deal is with all the extras.

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    When you get an Infantry contract it'll read "11X" because you could either be an 11B or an 11C. An 11B is an Indirect Fire Infantryman while an 11C is an Infantryman who fire mortars. When he's not using the mortar he functions as a regular Infantryman. Consider an 11C as an Infantryman with extra training.


    An option 4 contract is an Airborne contract. You'' go across post to the 3 week Airborne School after Infantry OSUT.

    An Option 40 is a Ranger contract. After Infantry OSUT you'll go to Airborne School & from there to Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP). After successful completion you'll go to one of the battalions of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Infantry OSUT, Airborne School & RASP are hard. RASP is really hard with a large washout rate, as much as 75%.
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    Is ranger training open to those in the reserves?

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    No. The Rangers don't have any Reserve units. However you can apply to go to Ranger School, as long as you're a male Soldier regardless of MOS & unit you're eligible to attend. The priority is for Combat Arms Soldiers with Infantry & members of the 75th Ranger Regiment as the top priority. I doubt very much if a Reserve Soldier would have a chance to be accepted. The unit would have to pay for the school & there would have to be a pressing need for them to send you. Most Reserve units are Service & Service? Support & Training units.

    Ranger School is not an entry into a Ranger battalion. Many Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne unit go but when they graduate they go back to the unit that sent them. Ranger School is just one of many requirements for Rangers in the 75th. They usually don't get sent there until about a year in Regiment. In other words there are Soldiers Ranger qualified & then there are actual Rangers that live the life daily.

    At this time Airborne qualification is necessary to attend Ranger School. That alone is hard for a Reservist to get as there are no Reserve Airborne units a few in the Army National Guard.
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