Are the Sigs for me?

#1
I'm looking to sign up and do my bit.

So far, from what I can tell, the Bleeps seem the best for me. But I was hoping for some advice.

I'm in an IT role just now, 7 years experience with Software troubleshooting, installation etc. Pretty clued up on Windows and competent with PC hardware. Fluent in German and I'd say average GCSE's. Only C I got was for Chemistry and Maths (I couldn't be arsed!).

What trade would this misfit stand a chance in? 8)

Oh, and will my age (27) hinder me in anyway? I'd hate to miss out on an ideal trade because they deem me too old!
 
#2
The Army has upped the age limit. As long as your fit enough for basic, you should be ok. Go down your local ACIO for a chat but be warned, they may try to talk you in to joining something else. In the end, go with what you fancy most. The Sigs 'aint all that bad though!
 
#3
I'm getting there with the fitness. Lost a lot of weight in preperation. Just a stone to go now. I'm finding rapidly that I'm not built for running! That's my achilles heel.
 

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#4
PadsBrat said:
I'm getting there with the fitness. Lost a lot of weight in perperation. Just a stone to go really. I'm finding rapidly that I'm not built for running! That's my achilles heel.
Dont worry, we used to take pretty much anybody - but now the standards have dropped :wink:
 
#6
The Engineers, I hadn't thought of that. The Geo Tech stuff looks pretty interesting. :)
 
#7
Get yourself down to the careers office to get the ball rolling and discuss your career options. Good luck.
 
#10
Mate with your skills I wouldn't be considering the Army.

Go do a PRINCE2 course and do some IT instillation projects/IT risk management projects. If your fluent in German I would suggest you would be very employable.
 
#11
You're not the first to suggest that.

And to be honest, since I first registered my interest in joining with my local center last year, my interest has been diverted toward other careers too.

Really, I am looking for a total change of pace. Either IT related but different environment (Army!) or something completely different. The Police has been in my considerations and I have an app form on my desk.

I'm gonna get down to my target weight and go for the Barb... see what's on offer. I'll make my decision then.
 
#12
Dont do it! By the sounds of it you have enough skills and experience to do very well in civvy street. And at 27 by the time you realise how shit the Army actually is you'll have wasted a good few years and be out of touch with civvy kit.

Get a civvy job that doesnt send you to shitholes for tuppence and pays a decent wage.

Just my bit. You might disagree, so good luck with whatever you decide to do.

But if you do join the Army try and stay away from the sigs!
 
#13
parasigs said:
Dont do it! By the sounds of it you have enough skills and experience to do very well in civvy street. And at 27 by the time you realise how s*** the Army actually is you'll have wasted a good few years and be out of touch with civvy kit.

Get a civvy job that doesnt send you to shitholes for tuppence and pays a decent wage.
Just my bit. You might disagree, so good luck with whatever you decide to do.

But if you do join the Army try and stay away from the sigs!
Listen to the grown ups mate, don't do it.
 
#14
Interesting advice.
I grew up around the army (hence my username) and I'm by no means naive about what its about. I know it can be crap, I also know it can be good fun. It seems to depend on what you do and where you go.

Out of interest.. why should I stay away from the sigs?

I ain't going for infantry... thats for sure.
 
#16
I have to agree with roadster. At 27 joining the army you may find it hard to adjust to a 22 year old corporal telling you what to do or people talking down to you due to your lack of time served however much life experience you may already have. Are you the sort of person that could put up with that!?
Its something you would need to address but reference your original question sigs is good. Theres a unit to suit almost anyone
 
#17
or you could do both.

join the stabs, their are specialist RAF(R) unit where you spend 3 to 5 years training before you are operational and sent to some shithole like afghanistan.....................
 
#18
Going from what you've said, you'd probably sail through trade training as an IS Engineer. I have to agree with the others, though, that you would almost certainly experience frustration at being given direction (and the odd bollocking of course) from people much younger than you and perhaps with less technical savvy. In my experience, people who join older can often get up the ladder a bit faster, as they can bring a lot more although they still have to be good and know when to shut up.
 
#19
Well, I have given the age thing a lot of thought over the last 6 months as its the first thing anyone says when I tell them my plans.

The prospect of getting a beasting or shouting at from some senior ranking minor doesn't bother me at all. Dad taught me to respect authority, regardless where it came from.
So honestly... if some snivveling Cpl who has only been shaving for the last 6 months tells me to jump... I'd ask how high.

You have all raised some good points. I especially like the tip about the RAF and I'm going to look into that. The idea of being a Rupert doesn't appeal to me at the moment, but if I'm right for it, I'd go for it.

Thanks to all. I have a lot of thinking to do. I had already done a lot. But you have all given me the facts in a clean, uncensored manner which has opened my eyes a little.

The thing that annoys me about all this is that had my father lived and been there when I finished school.. I'd likely have 2 or 3 stripes on my arm now. He'd have given me the guidance I needed back then.

All this would be moot!

Oh well, you gotta do the best with the hand your dealt.
 
#20
PadsBrat said:
The prospect of getting a beasting or shouting at from some senior ranking minor doesn't bother me at all.
Oh give it time - Them mud runs will bovver ya in the end!!!
 
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