22 yrs old - late joining up?

#1
I'm looking to join the Army this year, although still undecided as to what I want to do exactly. I'm pretty much set on the RE due to the trades and specialisations but I keep getting told to join the REME or the Signals. They say it's because of my grades, but they're not that great so I can't see it myself.

So, back to my main reason for posting...is 22 old to be applying and will it put me at a disadvantage at all? As far as I know and have seen in the careers office people apply until well into their 20's but I was just wondering how common it is. It really doesn't bother me if it does hinder me, I'll just have to want it more and work harder.

Cheers
 
#2
No its not too old, I had blokes in my platoon in training who were 26/27 and got through. Go for whatever job interests you, dont let people push you away from what you have your sights set on, sigs fine if you want to deal in communications, REME fine if you want to dea with anything from electronics to vehicle mech to armourer fixing weapons etc. RE very good idea, sometimes wish I had, as you get civvie recognised trades, soldier as hard as anyone else travel a lot and they seem to be quite good at destroying things as effectively as they put them up. Its a good all rounder choice to be honest.
 
#3
you won't have a problem as long as you aren't a mong. if you are switched on then you should promote ahead of your peers due to more self-confidence, motivation etc. etc. don't listen to what they tell you to join in the careers office- they have targets to meet and would try to get you to join the RMPs if they had a shortage. anybody except the ROYAL ENGINEERS can only be 2nd best anyway. Hurrah for the Corps!
 
#4
Don't be soft; at 22 you are in your prime, you are going to be more mature and worldly then your "mates" at 17-19!

Just go with the flow, mouth shut and do your best.

Go for a trade, RE, REME, RLC or Sigs!!!

None of this inf, RAC or RMP stuff.....
 
#5
Condor_Red said:
I'm looking to join the Army this year, although still undecided as to what I want to do exactly. I'm pretty much set on the RE due to the trades and specialisations but I keep getting told to join the REME or the Signals. They say it's because of my grades, but they're not that great so I can't see it myself.
So, back to my main reason for posting...is 22 old to be applying and will it put me at a disadvantage at all? As far as I know and have seen in the careers office people apply until well into their 20's but I was just wondering how common it is. It really doesn't bother me if it does hinder me, I'll just have to want it more and work harder.

Cheers
Its not, they're just pushing you into the areas that are short - join the Royal Engineers, but they will also try to bully you into doing a trade they are short of - just stick to your guns and you'll get what you want.
 
#6
asr1 said:
anybody except the ROYAL ENGINEERS can only be 2nd best anyway. Hurrah for the Corps!
aint that the truth my friend..............................hurrah :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

join the corps fella & get a trade that has a shelf life after the forces, i am a sparky loads of work in civvy street but the corps as you will already know has an abundance of trades................choose wisely is all i would advise :roll: :roll: then join the best & feck the rest :lol: :lol:
 
#7
amazing__lobster said:
Condor_Red said:
I'm looking to join the Army this year, although still undecided as to what I want to do exactly. I'm pretty much set on the RE due to the trades and specialisations but I keep getting told to join the REME or the Signals. They say it's because of my grades, but they're not that great so I can't see it myself.
So, back to my main reason for posting...is 22 old to be applying and will it put me at a disadvantage at all? As far as I know and have seen in the careers office people apply until well into their 20's but I was just wondering how common it is. It really doesn't bother me if it does hinder me, I'll just have to want it more and work harder.

Cheers
Its not, they're just pushing you into the areas that are short - join the Royal Engineers, but they will also try to bully you into doing a trade they are short of - just stick to your guns and you'll get what you want.
Good advice.. I ended up being shoehorned into a Corps/trade I did,nt want. After a few attempts at rebadgeing I became despondant & signed off. With the full intention of rejoining again into my prefered job after 6 months out. Unfourtunatly I fell into a fanny trap & never done it. Don,t make the same mistake as me mate.

Regards LT.
 
#8
Condor_Red said:
I'm looking to join the Army this year, although still undecided as to what I want to do exactly. I'm pretty much set on the RE due to the trades and specialisations but I keep getting told to join the REME or the Signals. They say it's because of my grades, but they're not that great so I can't see it myself.

So, back to my main reason for posting...is 22 old to be applying and will it put me at a disadvantage at all? As far as I know and have seen in the careers office people apply until well into their 20's but I was just wondering how common it is. It really doesn't bother me if it does hinder me, I'll just have to want it more and work harder.

Cheers
I would say go for it.

I am 27 and my application is going through at the moment.

I have never been as fit as I currently am and my determination is very high, I'm expecting a bit of a ribbing for my age but that will just make me more determined.

Go with RE - being a civvie myself (and a sparky currently) having a valid trade qualification when you come out is like having your own printing press ;)
 
#9
Sorridstroker said:
I would say go for it.

I am 27 and my application is going through at the moment.

I have never been as fit as I currently am and my determination is very high, I'm expecting a bit of a ribbing for my age but that will just make me more determined.

Go with RE - being a civvie myself (and a sparky currently) having a valid trade qualification when you come out is like having your own printing press ;)
are you staying as a sparks or doing a different trade like plumber so you could have both when you leave the forces :?: :?:
 
#10
A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
Sorridstroker said:
I would say go for it.

I am 27 and my application is going through at the moment.

I have never been as fit as I currently am and my determination is very high, I'm expecting a bit of a ribbing for my age but that will just make me more determined.

Go with RE - being a civvie myself (and a sparky currently) having a valid trade qualification when you come out is like having your own printing press ;)
are you staying as a sparks or doing a different trade like plumber so you could have both when you leave the forces :?: :?:
Doing something completely different :)

looking at POM - purely because it looks fun.

I am lucky as I don't necessarily need to rely on my army career for a job afterwards 8)
 
#11
Sorridstroker said:
A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
Sorridstroker said:
I would say go for it.

I am 27 and my application is going through at the moment.

I have never been as fit as I currently am and my determination is very high, I'm expecting a bit of a ribbing for my age but that will just make me more determined.

Go with RE - being a civvie myself (and a sparky currently) having a valid trade qualification when you come out is like having your own printing press ;)
are you staying as a sparks or doing a different trade like plumber so you could have both when you leave the forces :?: :?:
Doing something completely different :)

looking at POM - purely because it looks fun.

I am lucky as I don't necessarily need to rely on my army career for a job afterwards 8)
i am a sparks also but only have 3 years left until i re-hit the big bad world 8O 8O 8O 8O

surely you can think of something better than being a "mud muppet" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
#12
Here's something to wet your appetite:

currently a civie self employed sparky sub contracting can earn up to £250 a day. 8O :D

that is a nice amount!

Yhea I am still looking at options really, the recruting brochures are fairly thin on the ground when it comes to usefull information on the different trades.

No rush as I have no choice but to wait till september to attend RSC (due to laser eye surgery).
 
#13
Sorridstroker said:
Here's something to wet your appetite:

currently a civie self employed sparky sub contracting can earn up to £250 a day. 8O :D that is a nice amount!

Yhea I am still looking at options really, the recruting brochures are fairly thin on the ground when it comes to usefull information on the different trades.

No rush as I have no choice but to wait till september to attend RSC (due to laser eye surgery).
at present i am subbied out to a civvy firm where i do a lot of inspection & testing & airfield work, do not want to be doing installation work when i get out at 40+ (young mans game that). good luck whatever way you decide to go. laters :D :D :D
 
#14
I joined when I was 25 in April 1996. 10 years on I am a Sergeant and ahead of my then Peers. The fact you have lived a bit before joining aids you in your career, like has been said before as long as you aren’t a mong of the highest order , then you will have no problems.

As far as trades go do wtf you want to do don’t be pushed into something your not happy with .

And good luck m8
 
#15
Joined at 23 a little life experience helps trust me
 
#16
i'm 22 and i start basic on monday. Every one i know in the forces has told me it will be an advantage being a bit older and more mature for basic. Myself i cant wait to start but starting to get a bit nervous now, but i suppose thats natural (i hope). anyway i'm off to get pissed and hopefuly pull some pig ugly bird as it will be the last for 7 weeks.
 
#17
I got back from recruit selection yesterday and there were three or four blokes in their mid-twenties. They all but one passed, and were much better at most things than the kids there. Seemed to be treated better by staff too. Just make sure your fit enough, one of the older lads in selection had a beer belly he had obviously taken a few years investing in.
 
#18
lot also depends on the individual but granted most blokes are a bit more worldy wise as they grow up/older............................. until they join the corps that as anyway :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
#20
MSI64 said:
Joined at 23 a little life experience helps trust me
Totally agree, I'm 23 and I've just started phase 2.

I passed out with a 29 year old, who was the best recruit and fit as feck (he got best PT and got robbed of best recruit because 'it wouldn't be fair' for him to get two awards).
 

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