Being 29, too old or still go for it?

#1
Just thinking about going down the regular route rather than TA.

I'll be 29 this year but after I pay off some debts I'm considering going regular.

Working in my industry I'm changing jobs every 2 years tops to keep myself in work and can't be hacked with it any longer.

Would prefer a more hands on job, less desk and more action but are there many 'older' recruits signing up these day?
 
#2
29's fine. Your maturity should help you through, provided you can put up with people being 10 years younger than you. Any thoughts on trade/arm.
 
#4
There was a man of 37 when i went in to get my start date not so long ago.
 

jk22

Old-Salt
#5
Only one way to go mate, through the door of the careers office and get the application rolling. Decide what you want to do when you walk in and that saves a few weeks of garbage.
 
#6
Going in to my local AFCO on Tuesday of next week to speak things through with them.

Not sure if I'd be laughed and shown the door again?!

Not 100% sure what I want to do, got an Engineering back ground in utilities, what use could I be?
 
#7
J35_T3R said:
Going in to my local AFCO on Tuesday of next week to speak things through with them.

Not sure if I'd be laughed and shown the door again?!

Not 100% sure what I want to do, got an Engineering back ground in utilities, what use could I be?
Any reason why you find it appropriate to post in "telegramme-style"? Just wondering, as have seen it a few time before.

Or is that actually how you talk? :D :D :D

MsG
 
#8
29 is definately not too old to be joining, we regularly have people aged around the 30 mark coming to us for Personal Development days. You wont be the first, and certainly not the last! I am sure you don't need to worry about being laughed at, unless of course you are ginger. ;)

Speak to one of the office staff, and they will go through all of the options that are open to you- you may well find a job that has nothing to do with your previous experience, you never know!
 
#10
Hi mate im 29 and just passed selection. Start basic in May. The hardest think you have to do is walk through the door of the recruitment office. It took me 2 years to have the balls to do that and it's the best thing i have ever done. I have changed so much since then and im not even started basic yet. Go for it mate and look at the things that you will gain.
 

Forastero

LE
Moderator
#13
jk22 said:
Try and work out what you want to do in the army.

Infantry or not? Is the first question.
So let's pretend he's 42. Should he still be asking infantry or not? Stick to what you know and stop offering bone advice, everyone has different reasons for joining.
 

Forastero

LE
Moderator
#15
Fair enough but how does your answer - infantry or not - save him time when he's asking the question about how many older recruits are signing up nowadays? RTFQ!
 
#16
At 29 you would will need to be careful about trade selection. Some arms/trades like to grow their people. You probably wouldn't fit too well in the Infantry or RA; you've got some life experience and probably an opinion and unfortunately it doesn't matter what age you start at you will still be a nig.

The Army offers a massive range of opportunities. If you already have a skill or trade what's the point in re-learning it in the Army. Go at get a new skill set for free. You'll have the added advantage that the orginal skill set is of great use in civvy street when you leave the forces.
 
#17
At Royal Marine training there was a guy in the troop below me who was 31 or 32. He failed the Royal Marine selection a couple of times, and eventually passed third time. Credit to him for keeping at it.
 
#18
I'd deffo go for it. If you don't try you won't know :)

I'll shortly be going to AFCO and I'm 26.. reckon I'll be 27 by the time I get to basic (assuming everything goes to plan)
 
#19
Hi I have just turned 32 I was a bit worried about how I would be treated at the ADSC but they were great. And now I have my selection date next thursday at pirbright, going for Air corp groundcrew or RA logistics. Go for it mate
 

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