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After youve left how do you stop the urge to go back?

#1
Ive been out for nearly 18 months now. I keep getting this urge to go back though. At first I thought joing the ACF might help me control this urge but it hasnt, well not much anyway. I would rejoin but I just dont have the time at the moment to do all the phys involved (as im not quite as fit as I was) or to do all the weekends as i remember 28 days a year, yeah right.

How do you, that have left and still post here, control this urge?
 
#2
It fades over time but never leaves. My old comrades that are still in green spent last winter in the Stan and I ached to be with them. If I had to do it again I wouldn't have left, but hindsight is a wonderful thig, isn't it? :(
 
#3
Concentrate on what you're doing in your life now. Family, work, other interests. Balance what you stand to lose from them by what you may gain by going back. If you're anything like me, you'll still hanker after a life in green occasionally. I don't think it will ever leave me completely. I find it easier to put it in perspective though when I get a day off and spend it with my wife and kid or do something in work that makes me feel I'm doing something worthwhile now.
 
#4
I couldn't control it. I tried Cadet instructing, but that just got me more fired up. So I rejoined after 20 years :D

Foggy's right though, you have to balance Family etc. My lad's 19 now and at RMAS, so it's a little easier, and the Wife is pretty supportive.
 
#5
I'm pretty sure that using the words ACF and 'urge' in the same sentence is never a good thing.

I'm more concerned that if I took a leave of absence that I'd never want to go back :D

Feel free not to put jokes on here about me never being in the TAC in the first place.
 
#7
I left in November last year, I sometimes feel pangs about wanting to deploy when I see the troops cutting about in their dessies just before they go.
Main thing I miss is gripping soldiers I see mincing around the place in uniform with hands in their pockets or eating ice lollies.
Apart from that I get my fix of the army on the 5th of every month when my pension goes into the bank.
 
#8
Never leaves you. When you see the lads on TV or newspapers you wish you were there with them.
I moved to a different country, that way you can't rejoin, though with Ryanair it might be feasible. Would the TA pay my weekends from catalonia do you think?

Try doing something physical like lots of sport, gives you something else to concentrate on.
 
#10
Take a photo of a locker layout and have it printed A3 size and stick it on the back of the door. Whenever you feel the need to rejoin, look at it. :D
 
#11
On a weekend when all your mates are going on the lash tell them you can't and stand at your front gate for 2 hours then go indoors for 4 then back on the gate (see where I'm coming from!). In the morning go in your back garden and dig a trench, on completion fill it in and dig another 2 foot away, your wife won't be happy but it might kill the urge.
Saying that though, I'd still do it all again!!
 
#15
jack-daniels said:
On a weekend when all your mates are going on the lash tell them you can't and stand at your front gate for 2 hours then go indoors for 4 then back on the gate (see where I'm coming from!). In the morning go in your back garden and dig a trench, on completion fill it in and dig another 2 foot away, your wife won't be happy but it might kill the urge.
Saying that though, I'd still do it all again!!
I'm sure they even can find a job for you mate!
TA RLC perhaps? :p
 
#16
Cloggie said:
jack-daniels said:
On a weekend when all your mates are going on the lash tell them you can't and stand at your front gate for 2 hours then go indoors for 4 then back on the gate (see where I'm coming from!). In the morning go in your back garden and dig a trench, on completion fill it in and dig another 2 foot away, your wife won't be happy but it might kill the urge.
Saying that though, I'd still do it all again!!
I'm sure they even can find a job for you mate!
TA RLC perhaps? :p
Long Haired General would have something to say about it I reckon!
 
#17
OLDMAN43 said:
RLC at grantham its just down the road from me.

get bossed about by a 22 year old.

Can't wait................................
1. Parental or guardian consent required if aged under 18.
2. Exact age limit is 17 years and 9 months
3. Higher age limits for those joining as professionally qualified or specialist entrants.
4. A minimum of 35 ALIS points for the best 7 subjects at GCSE or equivalent which must include English Language, Mathematics and either a Science subject or a Foreign Language at grade C or better. Plus 180 UCAS Tariff points acquired in separate subjects at AS and A level equivalent to include a minimum of 2 passes at A Level at grades A-E or equivalent. Note that the General Studies paper does not qualify for UCAS Tariff points.
5. Ex-regulars may be enlisted up to 52 years of age.

Blimey - point 5. When did that come in

Edited after checking
 
#18
dpcw said:
OLDMAN43 said:
RLC at grantham its just down the road from me.

get bossed about by a 22 year old.

Can't wait................................
1. Parental or guardian consent required if aged under 18.
2. Exact age limit is 17 years and 9 months
3. Higher age limits for those joining as professionally qualified or specialist entrants.
4. A minimum of 35 ALIS points for the best 7 subjects at GCSE or equivalent which must include English Language, Mathematics and either a Science subject or a Foreign Language at grade C or better. Plus 180 UCAS Tariff points acquired in separate subjects at AS and A level equivalent to include a minimum of 2 passes at A Level at grades A-E or equivalent. Note that the General Studies paper does not qualify for UCAS Tariff points.
5. Ex-regulars may be enlisted up to 52 years of age.

Blimey - point 5. When did that come in

Edited after checking
Strewth! Now where's my .303!
 
#19
How? Apply to rejoin. fifteen months of on the truck, off the truck, "JPA-who did you say you were?" and the usual pony and trap ought to put you off. If it doesn't...well welcome back!
 
#20
I still wish I was still in....despite the dodgey hip, knee - being unfit, married and nowhere near a TA unit I want to join...it still hits me once in a while (usually about November!!) and I've been out 7 years now.

If I wasn't married I'd probably be trying to get back in, but OC Home wouldn't be hugely happy about it....and anyway no way am I rejoining unless I can have my old number back...none of this JPA 3******* number system lark.

S_R
 

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