Am I daft or what?

#1
OK folks.

Seriously considering joining. Old (35) fart with what could charitably be called dubious fitness at the mo (currently laid up with a foot the size of a hippo's scrotum). The missus isn't mad keen but she'd rather have me in than off (I haven't gone into the probability of deployment in too much detail yet).

Useful skills involve shooting things, IT, talking people into buying stuff and aggressive offroad driving.

I'm at the point where I want to serve, but It'll take a lot of effort, aggro with the thieving gypsy barsteward of an employer, and possible domestic aggro for a bit. That I can deal with, possibly with a 2x4.

Does the Army need TA 30 somethings or should I just STFU and become a Walter Mitty, Frontiersman or worse?
 
#2
It depends on your skills and motivation.

Let's look at your stated skills.

Shooting things - Infantry - You need to be fit in this day and age, and you're a tad old.

IT - Signals - Don't need to be all that fit. I gather that RSigs are issued with trousers with a reinforced backside. Depending on the nature of your quals, you could be in big demand.

Talking people into buying stuff - Int, Civil Affairs - should just be a matter of bluffing your way through the interview. Depends on what you're selling. (You're not a drug dealer, by any chance?).

Aggressive off-road driving - RLC (?!) or just about any branch that has wheels - not really considered a selling point. If, however, you mean that you suffer from ADHD and charge onto the pavement to scare old dears and mums with prams, then think again about the infantry.

Speak to an ACIO and decide what you want to be, or visit your local TAC, and take it from there.
 
#3
putteesinmyhands said:
It depends on your skills and motivation.

Let's look at your stated skills.

Shooting things - Infantry - You need to be fit in this day and age, and you're a tad old. :roll: I know. Pass the Werthers.

IT - Signals - Don't need to be all that fit. I gather that RSigs are issued with trousers with a reinforced backside. Depending on the nature of your quals, you could be in big demand. Nothing too exciting but I can make stuff work, usually by hitting it.

Talking people into buying stuff - Int, Civil Affairs - should just be a matter of bluffing your way through the interview. Depends on what you're selling. (You're not a drug dealer, by any chance?). Worse. Cars.

Aggressive off-road driving - RLC (?!) or just about any branch that has wheels - not really considered a selling point. If, however, you mean that you suffer from ADHD and charge onto the pavement to scare old dears and mums with prams, then think again about the infantry.

Speak to an ACIO and decide what you want to be, or visit your local TAC, and take it from there.
Thanks for the feedback - I have been using the magical powers of the t'interweb to avoid looking a t!t in person - an 18yo could be expected to be naive but hopefully someone in their 30's would be expected to be a bit more switched on and prepped.

Local unit: Yeomanry.
Quite Local Unit: Sigs
National: RLC

It's more a case of what I could do than what I want to. I (reluctantly) recognise that I am an old git by these standards and so have to be realistic. I also wear glasses/contacts so again that will narrow things down.

Mind you, according to the army jobs website, I still score as Para/Infantry/Gunner :D
 
#4
I'm finding that the older guys on my recruits course are tending to be the fittest. Don't think there are any that are 35, but definitely a couple around the 32-33 mark, so you're by no means an old git. Get out and get running! if you're fit you'll be able to enjoy the course rather than struggling through it.

Being a bit older probably helps you be a bit more organised anyway I guess. And don't worry about trying not to look like a tit, you'll balls plenty of stuff up along the way but it's not rocket science/brain surgery/molecular biology and you'll pick it up
 
#5
Civvy_Shot said:
Local unit: Yeomanry.
Quite Local Unit: Sigs
National: RLC

It's more a case of what I could do than what I want to. I (reluctantly) recognise that I am an old git by these standards and so have to be realistic. I also wear glasses/contacts so again that will narrow things down.

Mind you, according to the army jobs website, I still score as Para/Infantry/Gunner :D
Where are you located?
 
#7
Ah, thought you might have been in my neck of the woods but nevermind.

Just go along to a TAC and give it a go
 
#8
Civvy_Shot said:
Live in Cheshire, work in Shropshire.
That'll be C sqn RMLY for the yeomanry then! Dont know what our upper age limit is though...
LINKY
edited to add link
 
#9
You're never too old C_S. I was 32 when I did it, best thing I've done.

Just try and get your fitness up and the rest will be a breaze.

Do you have any previous service?
 
#10
Had some info from RMLY, plus RLC Specialist.

I did try and find out what the eyesight requirements were for Yeomanry and I think I'd be OK, but I need an annual test soon so I'll get the eyeball prodder to write it down this time rather than try and flog me more specs!

Legal_Eagle also mentioned 80 Sig Sqn at Runcorn which is a bit further away but do-able.

Devilish, no previous service (don't get me started with the "I should have joined when I was younger topic"!).

The fitness is the only real worry as since deciding to have a go at this joining malarkey I have managed to damage myself 3 times and sometimes feel I'm going backwards. However I'm not expecting to join in the next few months due to domestic negotiations being about 80% complete so that should get me enough time!
 
#11
If you don't mind being screamed at by a sergeant early in the morning and being led by a young buck toothed no common sense officer fresh out of sandhurst then go for it, im sure you will love it.
 
#12
tothepubandbeyond said:
Civvy_Shot said:
Live in Cheshire, work in Shropshire.
That'll be C sqn RMLY for the yeomanry then! Dont know what our upper age limit is though...
LINKY
edited to add link
Not from that regiment but I'll be a good egg (what, what, bwaaah) and reply on their behalf.

Upper age limit is now 43.

You do need to sort out your fitness, but ease into it. If you keep damaging yourself then either you're a klutz or you're trying to do too much, too soon. If you can look beyond the lame-ass cover, try Adrian Weale's Fighting Fit: it has a very good progressive training programme which takes you from couch potato to steely-eyed dealer of death, all with military (as opposed to general) fitness in mind.

You'll be fine (assuming that your eyes aren't hopelessly wonky) with specs/contacts in the Yeomanry, and your combination of shooting, aggressive cross-country driving and signals skills suggest to me that God has made you practically fit-for-role already. Just a question of learning the Army way of doing all of these things (ie, cheaply).

By the way, how come you have over 700 posts and you haven't even joined yet?


[Edited to avoid generating the impression I am RMLY. I mean, can you really be a yeoman if you life that far north? Don't they still have indentured servitude up there?]
 
#13
putteesinmyhands said:
IT - Signals - Don't need to be all that fit. I gather that RSigs are issued with trousers with a reinforced backside. Depending on the nature of your quals, you could be in big demand.
Another 30something here; I'm also doing a little research before getting in touch with my local TA Royal Signals unit (in Cambridge). What sort of skills are most in demand then? (I've worked for 7 years in IT - Unixish/Windows systems admin, mostly...)

Cheers.
 
#14
[quote="Dr_Evil

You do need to sort out your fitness, but ease into it. If you keep damaging yourself then either you're a klutz or you're trying to do too much, too soon. If you can look beyond the lame-ass cover, try Adrian Weale's Fighting Fit: it has a very good progressive training programme which takes you from couch potato to steely-eyed dealer of death, all with military (as opposed to general) fitness in mind.

Both I think, fell off my bike in an embarassing manner and cracked ribs. Then once they'd healed did the other side. And currently a sprained ankle which I though had healed but obviously not.

You'll be fine (assuming that your eyes aren't hopelessly wonky) with specs/contacts in the Yeomanry, and your combination of shooting, aggressive cross-country driving and signals skills suggest to me that God has made you practically fit-for-role already. Just a question of learning the Army way of doing all of these things (ie, cheaply).

By the way, how come you have over 700 posts and you haven't even joined yet?

Originally logged on as a lurker who was a bit of a mil history buff, family have served, have parachuted with the Army, always liked the craic. Then the shocking news of the raising of the TA entry age forced me to face the fact that I couldn't justify life as a couch potato on the grounds of being too old. And 700 posts? Extremely boring job and free broadband.

[Edited to avoid generating the impression I am RMLY. I mean, can you really be a yeoman if you life that far north? Don't they still have indentured servitude up there?][/quote]
 
#15
ExplodingTrousers said:
putteesinmyhands said:
IT - Signals - Don't need to be all that fit. I gather that RSigs are issued with trousers with a reinforced backside. Depending on the nature of your quals, you could be in big demand.
Another 30something here; I'm also doing a little research before getting in touch with my local TA Royal Signals unit (in Cambridge). What sort of skills are most in demand then? (I've worked for 7 years in IT - Unixish/Windows systems admin, mostly...)

Cheers.
Prepare to do some un-learning then! Only kidding, cambridge mob are currently using(I believe) AGV's Amongst other things IT wise. Airwave Gateway Vehicles. Good bit of kit to work with if you like remote hilltops! :D
 
#16
trousers,

good old 60sqn eh!!

part of our Regiment , give it a go fella, we have a couple of 30+ recruits at the mo, we are 45sqn.

Its dam good crack!!
 
#17
putteesinmyhands said:
If, however, you mean that you suffer from ADHD and charge onto the pavement to scare old dears and mums with prams, then think again about the infantry.
What about the Yeomanry?
 
#18
Get down to C Sqn RMLY, great bunch of lads, with you at your age you will fit in just fine, they will have a spare zimmer that you can sign out.

On a serious note, you can't go far wrong with these guys, if I had to join another Squadron then it would be these guys.

They have a winning spirit even though they usually come second.

Pop down and have a chat ASAP because before you know it you will have 2000 post and regret that you only ever talked about it.
 
#19
Devilish and indifferent, cheers fellas 8)

One other question, and I suspect my last one before I go ahead and contact them directly; do language skills count for anything in (specifically TA) Royal Signals trades? I only ask because my first degree (in Arabic) has long been going to waste, and it'd be nice to use it again.
 
#20
ExplodingTrousers said:
Devilish and indifferent, cheers fellas 8)

One other question, and I suspect my last one before I go ahead and contact them directly; do language skills count for anything in (specifically TA) Royal Signals trades? I only ask because my first degree (in Arabic) has long been going to waste, and it'd be nice to use it again.
they would cut your hand off with that language under your belt. Int corps would be beating down your door to have you.

Plenty of oppertunity to go on tour as a linguist if that's your bag.
 
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