30 year old joining the infantry.

#1
Hello

As the title says, is this fairly common? I've heard of several guys joining the Royal Marines and the Paras at this age.

Would I be expected to leave after I have served the minimum amount of time?

I would like to apply for the Royal Regiment of Scotland, preferably 1,2 or 3 SCOTS. Are these Battalions full/have waiting lists?

Do you transfer between the battalions throughout your career?

Considering my age, education (I have a degree... just like everyone else these days) and life experience, could I look forward to faster promotions or are promotions based on time served as well as on merit?

Thank you for taking the time to read/reply
 
#2
You'll be judged on merit from the moment you walk through the door. You will, of course, currently be spending your time in the gym before you join up. A few lessons in boxing would not go amiss either.
Good luck in your new career.
 
#3
You'll be judged on merit from the moment you walk through the door. You will, of course, currently be spending your time in the gym before you join up. A few lessons in boxing would not go amiss either.
Good luck in your new career.
Thanks for the reply.

Yes, i'm currently a fan of plyometrics, on day 42 of the Insanity program... loving it! Why boxing? Is it a popular sport in the Royal Regiment of Scotland?
 
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Mark The Convict

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#5
Why boxing? Is it a popular sport in the Royal Regiment of Scotland?
More a pastime, I think you'll find...seriously, it's good fitness training, good for self-confidence, and you'll meet some right punchy bastards before too long.
 
#6
30 not too old. You will be offered a 12 year engagement if you pass CIC. Vacancies in all SCOTS battalions.
 
#7
There's a good book by a man who joined The Royal Green Jackets at 30 - Squaddie by Steven McLaughlin, it's a good read too. My opinion FWIW is that fitness is 90% of what you will need to get through. Good luck.
 
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OJEM_UK84

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#12
I am joining the Infantry and I will be 28. Got my look at life course next week with the CG and can't wait. i think it's good to have a varied age range across the board, as long as us oldies keep on top of our fitness then there shouldn't be a problem!
 
#13
There's a good book by a man who joined The Royal Green Jackets at 30 - Squaddie by Steven McLaughlin, it's a good read too. My opinion FWIW is that fitness is 90% of what you will need to get through. Good luck.
What that book where the bloke whinged the whole time?? good bloke...
 
#14
Hey ojem. Are you attending this Tuesday at pirbright? If so i will be there aswell. I'm 22 and thought I would be one of the older guys!!
 
#15
Rhine company 1 scots are an excellent bunch. Proud to have worked for them a while ago. As for joining late:
Fitness
Fitness
FITNESS!!!!!
All the rest will fall into place.
 
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OJEM_UK84

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#16
I will see you at Pirbright Taylor15! i know there is going to be a 25 year old there too, so it looks like you are going to be one of the younger ones :) PM me if you can think of anything before Tuesday. OJEM
 
#17
What that book where the bloke whinged the whole time?? good bloke...
Steve's on here from time to time and he's well able to defend himself. But as I recommended 'Squaddie' I'll tell you that my impression of it is entirely different to yours. And yes, he does come across as a good bloke.
 
#18
Thanks for the replies.

If I get into 1,2 or 3 Scots, how often will I go on tour/exercises? Is is once a year? Every 18 months?

Going to visit the AFCO on Tuesday!
 
#19
Join the Armoured Corps. Why walk when you can drive? If you're too thick to understand that dynamic, perhaps you deserve to walk 40 miles to sleep in a shellscrape.Simples.
 
#20
Nice to know some other oldies joining, I`m 31 this month and start basic in July. I see people are saying work on fitness, I ran the 1.5 mile at selection in 9.06, I`m joining the RE and would like to know how much I need to improve?
Thanks in advance
 

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