ADVICE NEEDED PLEASE- Here my story

#1
Afternoon everyone,

Im just looking for some advice and i guess some reassurance that i am doing the right thing.

I joined the army back in 2007 and went to Catterick for training with the GUARDS (Grenadiers), at the time i was 20/21 since i was a boy this is all i wanted to do, lots of my family served in the army as well so i grew up with it.At 16 i left the country and moved to the middle east for 11 months, after that i went to Canada to live for 2.5 years, all this was excellent amazing experiences I learnt a hell of allot, lots of fun, women good life but for me that was not enough and there was always something missing. So i gave up my life in Canada with the intention of joining the best army in the world.In late 2005 i left for the UK.After speaking with the army careers i started the process to join, what was about to happen would test my resolve and determination to join and be the best.When my medical files were submitted to the army medical core they came back to me and said they cant accept my application at this time due to me having very mild asthma when i was younger and going to the doctor to get a inhaler, they told me i had to be clear of it for 5 years, which meant i would have to wait over another year before they could process my application any further. I was of course devastated i had sacrificed allot in my eyes to do this.I tired fighting it as i was on the cross country team when i was in school and i could run 1.5 miles in under 10 mins but i was fighting a loosing battle

So i travelled a bit more doing this and that but not fully happy, i knew i was going to try again so i just needed to kill time. Finally in 2007 i passed selection and and joined up and went to Catterick for training. I was happy finally doing what i was meant to do in my eyes.

A few weeks into training i felt my knee giving out on me, to be honest i went into training with a injury to my right knee but me being stubborn didn't think it would be much of a issue obviously i was stupid and naive. I was MD at week 8 of training. I was devastated as the doctors told me i had brought the injury into training and they weren't going to fix it for me, i was told to leave and get it fixed on the NHS.

At this time i was in quite a bad way very upset and thought maybe it was a sign and not meant to be after all, so i went back to Canada lived there for another 3 years fell in love a few times, got a good job in security at a high profile location in the heart of the country's financial district, done that for 3 years made good money learnt allot was a supervisor for a year as well supervising up to 14 people, i also got qualified as a personal trainer and done personal training on the side. But once again i was content but not fully happy and there was always something missing. Every time i saw the British army on tv or saw any articles about them something inside of me ticked and i was like that is meant to be me.

So 2010 i leave once again a great life in Canada great friends, people who loved me to go follow my dream.

I am now 24 years old will be 25 in 2011, i need a operation on my knee before i even think of applying again, so that is were i am now, waiting for the NHS to give me a date for the operation.Not sure how long this will take but im hoping before the end of 2011 i will be ready to join up again.

Am i crazy to be doing this again sacrificing allot? with no guarantee i will get back in.
I will not be joining the infantry again i am looking at the Military police or intelligence officer.

I believe i have allot to offer the army this time around. I have allot of different work experience, 3 years of law enforcement in Canada, supervisor experience, Personal training, know how to get all different kinds people fit for all kinds of goals my knowledge of health and fitness is good and is a huge passion of mine.

Im just looking for words of encouragement from individuals who understand the passion for the army.

Am i doing the right thing?
what do you believe i will be suited to?
I will probably be 26 by the time i get in again is this to old for recruit training? when i was in training at Catterick most of the lads were under 21 and never left home before, ive been by myself since i was 17 so any advice would be greatly welcomed and appreciated.

I look forward to hearing from you.

James

ARMY ALL THE WAY
 
#3
Stay in Canada, England's shite
It's better than Belfast..

I think you've answered your question over and over mate, you want to join the army and you feel you have a void in your life. Get the knee sorted and apply mate, applications are taking a long time though so you'll have to prepare yourself for that and your not too old, there's people who are reaching the upper limit which is around 33 I think and they are still applying. Just sort the knee mate and apply again. I put my application off for a few years for all the wrong reasons and I start basic in Feb, good luck lad!!

Paddington
 
#5
I looked into joining the Canadian army yes, but my pride for my country got in the way, there's no way i would serve another country s army, yes i like Canada but there's only one army to join. Im British all the way.Im actually quite surprised by the comments, have you two served in the army?

Whats the issue you have with England?
 
#7
It's better than Belfast..

I think you've answered your question over and over mate, you want to join the army and you feel you have a void in your life. Get the knee sorted and apply mate, applications are taking a long time though so you'll have to prepare yourself for that and your not too old, there's people who are reaching the upper limit which is around 33 I think and they are still applying. Just sort the knee mate and apply again. I put my application off for a few years for all the wrong reasons and I start basic in Feb, good luck lad!!

Paddington
Thanks mate, good luck to you as well what you joining?
 
#8
Go for it and go hard
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#9
I looked into joining the Canadian army yes, but my pride for my country got in the way, there's no way i would serve another country s army, yes i like Canada but there's only one army to join. Im British all the way.Im actually quite surprised by the comments, have you two served in the army?

Whats the issue you have with England?
Yes I've served in the Army.

England is slowly going down the pan. Canada is lovely incomparison.
 
#10
Thanks mate, good luck to you as well what you joining?
I'm joining Engineers mate, I was going to go infantry but serving and ex-serving family members advised me to go Engineers and get a trade, see what I think and if I want further down the line to go infantry but I think Engineers was the right decision :thumright: I think you'd be making the right decision mate ;-)
 
#11
If you made a few bob in civvie street why wait to get your knee sorted on the NHS? Go private and save time, probably get a better rehab programme too.
 
#12
You are showing the want and determination to succeed in the army so go for it and good luck. If you want your dreams hard enough you will find a way to make them come true.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#13
You are showing the want and determination to succeed in the army so go for it and good luck. If you want your dreams hard enough you will find a way to make them come true.
You remind me of those dumb Essex bints that tell their fat, ugly, slut of a daughter that she has the talent to win "X factor" or "Britain has useless chavs" and then wonder why they cry on TV when the poor kid realises (after some home truths) that they have as much talent as a bucket of panda shit.
 
#14
You remind me of those dumb Essex bints that tell their fat, ugly, slut of a daughter that she has the talent to win "X factor" or "Britain has useless chavs" and then wonder why they cry on TV when the poor kid realises (after some home truths) that they have as much talent as a bucket of panda shit.
Hmm so what seems to be your problem there Prince Albert? did the army reject you or something, what you do for a living because your definitely not a soldier that's for sure, what ever it is you clearly have some issues you need to address but not on here.
 
#15
Hmm so what seems to be your problem there Prince Albert? did the army reject you or something, what you do for a living because your definitely not a soldier that's for sure, what ever it is you clearly have some issues you need to address but not on here.
Yea England has it problems we always have, thats life mate shit happens but we are a great nation at heart and will pull through these hard times like we have always done. We have survived countless wars, and at the end of the day if you dont like the country as they say you know where the door is, im sure Canada will have you and i agree it is a great country
 

WatchingWater

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#16
But in this case I think this fat, ugly essex slag can at least get into the semi's?
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#17
Hmm so what seems to be your problem there Prince Albert? did the army reject you or something, what you do for a living because your definitely not a soldier that's for sure, what ever it is you clearly have some issues you need to address but not on here.
I don't have a problem. You asked advice, and I gave it to you. I was welcomed into the Army with open arms, despite having a broken hip and femur when I was younger. No problems with phys at all.

I'm not a soldier anymore, I left the forces 6 years ago. I don't think you're qualified to state "how a soldier should think"...do you?
 
#18
You remind me of those dumb Essex bints that tell their fat, ugly, slut of a daughter that she has the talent to win "X factor" or "Britain has useless chavs" and then wonder why they cry on TV when the poor kid realises (after some home truths) that they have as much talent as a bucket of panda shit.
I have never cried on TV, my daughter didn't even get through the auditions she was that useless and she is not a slag, she is 16 and only has two children and I am not an Essex bint, I was born in Norfolk and moved here to Essex when Dwain knocked me up with Chardonnay and promised me "the life". :)

F*cking relax PA if he is determined to join the Army good for him and if he wants it enough then he will join even if it is the 102nd Clasp Knife Top-rivet Replacement Regt though they are a cover name for the Waltencommando. Season of goodwill and all that!!
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#19
I have never cried on TV, my daughter didn't even get through the auditions she was that useless and she is not a slag, she is 16 and only has two children and I am not an Essex bint, I was born in Norfolk and moved here to Essex when Dwain knocked me up with Chardonnay and promised me "the life". :)

F*cking relax PA if he is determined to join the Army good for him and if he wants it enough then he will join even if it is the 102nd Clasp Knife Top-rivet Replacement Regt though they are a cover name for the Waltencommando. Season of goodwill and all that!!
Not once have I said that he shouldn't........if he's determined, then fair play to him.

I'd rather stay in Canada, that's all.



Your daughter sounds lovely, I assume she's single?...
 
#20
If I was you I would log on to the British Army Website and ask the on-line recruiters if you are still elligable to rejoin due to you being MD, or what it says on your discharge documentation regarding re-joining click here: Talisma NetAgent if you are not aware the army are being cut by 7,000! The are potential recruits flooding through the doors, and the army are not taking on as many rejoiners as they use too and can be very picky who they put through to training.

so click the link above ask the questions and give the answers, then before you spend a lot of time, effort and money just to get over here to get rejected before you throw you money away!!!

Stilts
 

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