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Traditionally the age requirement was 21, but some states have voted to allow younger men to join. I'm more than twice the current minimum age for my jurisdiction...not an old fogey, but comfortably on my way to middle-aged. I honestly don't think I would have fully appreciated the teachings of Freemasonry if I'd joined so young. I had a lot of mistakes to make and life lessons to learn; things to figure out on my own before I felt I was ready to join. (I'd been interested, at least in passing, since I was a teenager.) Of course, that's just me. Perhaps how I was raised. I can't say. I'm sure there are younger brethren who can give Masonry the time and dedication that it deserves, but 18+ years ago I wasn't one of them.
Originally posted by Anti-Tyrant
I was wondering why it's nessecary to have such a difference in age gap between the U.S and U.K lodges - anything to do with educational placements perhaps?
Originally posted by wlessard
Maybe this is something more internal to Masonry but no offense BushidoMason but I would love to see the Jurisdictions in the US go back to 21 AND to make it take 2-3 years before you even took the Master Degree.
Originally posted by FuZe7
Two more question if I may.
I've noticed a few young masons on this forum, and I'm excited about the possibility of joining. Are men under 25 out of the ordinary these days though? I'm wondering if it would be a better idea to wait a few years?
Is it possible to request the traditional first three degrees instead of the class if offered?
Originally posted by bushidomason
reply to post by FuZe7
well i don't know as in relation to other lodges but half of my lodge is under the age of 45. our youngest member is 18 and I'm the next youngest being 19 and the next highest is 21. also the surrounding lodges around me also seem to be having an increase in young men joining as well. There certainly a lot more younger men joining now days as i have seen.
Yes do you mean the 4-32 degrees? or the Blue Lodge degree's (1 -3)
The 3 blue lodge degree's are done at a masonic lodge near you and if you want you can join the Scottish Rite and go through a weekend class and get all the way up to 32 if you want, but the first three degree's are done a lot slower, and take more time to progress to the next degree. The Blue lodge is separate from Scottish Rite and you do not have to join Scottish Rite if you do not want to when you receive your 3rd degree (master mason).
Originally posted by Masonic Light
Most jurisdictions actually require the traditional method. The one day class to Master Mason is a new concept, and has only been done in several states. My Grand Lodge forbids it.
If a man is old enough to sacrifice his life for our country, he argued, then he is old enough to become a Mason. I had to agree.