Baby son is "thinking" of joining the Army.

#1
My baby son, 14 years of age is thinking of joining the Army.

Now my question oh wise ones "if" baby son was to pursue this where would he go to gather information? The local careers office is a little too close to home if you see what I'm saying ;)
(His Dad is the man in charge)


I think it's all a passing phase, last week he wanted to join the circus and the week before he wanted to become a member of the Glee cast!
 
#3
My baby son, 14 years of age is thinking of joining the Army.Now my question oh wise ones "if" baby son was to pursue this where would he go to gather information? The local careers office is a little too close to home if you see what I'm saying ;) (His Dad is the man in charge)I think it's all a passing phase, last week he wanted to join the circus and the week before he wanted to become a member of the Glee cast!
You could always get him to speak to Mr Bootiful (but knowing lads don't listen to dads and having a son who went through it five years ago) your better off getting an expert to advise. Now for a pack of chocolate cookies and a coffee I can offer my services for advice.Problem is Mr Booti will beat me up for nicking a potential stat :)
 
#4
I don't want him to chat to Dad, I don't want him to join the Army in fact I don't want him to ever leave my side! That last one is a lie 10 more sleeps and back to boarding school :)

Birdy he did the quizzy thing and it led to RE draughtsperson, that'll please Dad!


I think I may borrow a few booklets from Dad's place and send him back to school with them.
 
#5
@Bootiful - Whatever happens, just for gods sake promise me you will not do what my parents did and guilt me into staying in the TA. Everytime I say that I want to join the regular army, my dad reminds me 'You'll have a great time while you're there but afterwards you'll be unemployable' and my mum shouts, then cries, then shouts then cries. Enough to guilt anyone into 'Just one more year on civvi street to see how things go'. Its not that I still do what they say, but who am I to put my mother through that?

One day I'm going to snap, join up on a whim, go for the most gun-ho regiment I can because I'm fed up of parental influence and phrases like "Its too dangerous, stay on civvi street where its safe". Hate it because I wasn't given the time and support to approach the army with my own opinion, then leave with no quals and be 'out of date' on civvi street. And all because they couldn't just get a ******* grip and say "Sure son, its your life now, do what you want and we'll always support you".

Just ******* promise me you will not be those parents Bootiful, because I'm finding it hard not to resent them.

They better not be surprised when I'm not 'springing for the silver package' when I stuff them away in the retirement bin.
 
#6
Civvy Strasse? Safe? Not if you live in the inner cities! I'd rather take my chances with Terence of the Taliban!
 
#7
@Bootiful - Whatever happens, just for gods sake promise me you will not do what my parents did and guilt me into staying in the TA. Everytime I say that I want to join the regular army, my dad reminds me 'You'll have a great time while you're there but afterwards you'll be unemployable' and my mum shouts, then cries, then shouts then cries. Enough to guilt anyone into 'Just one more year on civvi street to see how things go'. Its not that I still do what they say, but who am I to put my mother through that?

One day I'm going to snap, join up on a whim, go for the most gun-ho regiment I can because I'm fed up of parental influence and phrases like "Its too dangerous, stay on civvi street where its safe". Hate it because I wasn't given the time and support to approach the army with my own opinion, then leave with no quals and be 'out of date' on civvi street. And all because they couldn't just get a ******* grip and say "Sure son, its your life now, do what you want and we'll always support you".

Just ******* promise me you will not be those parents Bootiful, because I'm finding it hard not to resent them.

They better not be surprised when I'm not 'springing for the silver package' when I stuff them away in the retirement bin.
You could just man up and master your own life. If my mum had had her way id still be living in my box room at home, earning 9k a year in warehouses or kitchens and wondering why no girls will touch me where I wee.
 
#9
You could just man up and master your own life. If my mum had had her way id still be living in my box room at home, earning 9k a year in warehouses or kitchens and wondering why no girls will touch me where I wee.
Aye, I hear what you're saying. But we differ in that I have a long term girlfriend and ear £25k working for an illustration company. Live away from home in my own large place, spending my evenings doing phys, eating a healthy diet and generally wondering why i want to throw it all a way for a life in Sandhurst and pain. But for some reason, I do.

But sadly, I respect my family above anything else, and hate seeing my mother cry. Perhaps I'm too loyal, but either way, its ******* annoying.
 
#10
My baby son, 14 years of age . . Yadda Yadda!

I think it's all a passing phase, last week he wanted to join the circus and the week before he wanted to become a member of the Glee cast!
He's so barking up the wrong tree there Girlfriend, it's clearly the RAF for him :nod:
 
#11
Aye, I hear what you're saying. But we differ in that I have a long term girlfriend and ear £25k working for an illustration company. Live away from home in my own large place, spending my evenings doing phys, eating a healthy diet and generally wondering why i want to throw it all a way for a life in Sandhurst and pain. But for some reason, I do.

But sadly, I respect my family above anything else, and hate seeing my mother cry. Perhaps I'm too loyal, but either way, its ******* annoying.
My mum cried when I got my first tattoo. Cried her eyes out the poor woman did. Never thought she'd forgive me, felt terrible.

Now I have lots of tattoo's and she likes one of them so much it's now her life saying!

The morale of the story, is that she'll learn to live with it. She'll love you no matter what and once you're in youll be all she talks about... 'My son is the army, i'm so proud of him!' etc.

So do it! Better that than in twenty years from now looking at your mum and girlfriend and thinking 'You evil cows ruined my life, I could've been somebody!!' :p
 
#12
To the lady who started the thread, is he/has he been in the cadets? If not send him there and see if he likes it?
 
#13
To the lady who started the thread, is he/has he been in the cadets? If not send him there and see if he likes it?

He tried CCF for about 2 weeks, he's a boy who enjoys his home comforts

Oooo ta for calling me a lady, makes me feel all grown up xxxx
 
#14
Birdy he did the quizzy thing and it led to RE draughtsperson, that'll please Dad!
Bootifull, if I could offer the lad some advice (and you know thats Draughtsman is one of the trades from my Corps) find another trade; he'll hardly ever use it outside of training and never get the credit for doing it when he does. Sorry but thats just my experience of the way Draughtsmen are used.

To the lady who started the thread, is he/has he been in the cadets? If not send him there and see if he likes it?
The poor tykes already at Boarding School, and I speak from experience; if he can hack (and even enjoy) Boarding School then he's probably going to find his first year or so in the Army a breeze.
 
#15
Maka does she know you are on here?
 
#20
Bootiful - our Son & Heir is at present in the process of joining up. As a Mother I don't want him to do it & I've been honest enough to tell him that (no tears, no dramas). His Father has said the same. However as a people, we have told him that it is his life & his career path & if that is what he wants then he will get nothing but support from myself and his Father.

As for joining a cadet organisation, we had a rule that should S&H wish to 'join' something then he had to give it a minimum of 6 months before he sacked it. Strange how that focuses the little beggars attention!!!

@MakaPaka - I always remember what my dear old Dad said to me one dark & rainy day when making my career choices. Best to regret what you HAVE done than miss what you haven't.
 

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