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Can any RMP help me?

#1
Howdo,

Can anybody give any idea whether its worth joining the Army and the RMP in particular at my advanced age. I've just turned 27 this week so I'm ancient by recruit standards. I know I'm within the official age limit but I'm wondering whether it might in realistic terms be too late to make a reasonable career out of it. I don't expect to make General but I'd like to beable to make sgt at least before I left. Also would my chances of moving into some of the specialisms be affected by my age (assuming I'm good enough anyway, obviously) Would i be seen as too old. I've had to give up on the TA idea cause I now work weekends, always wanted to join the regs when I was younger but for various family reasons couldn't.
 
#2
Franz said:
Howdo,

Can anybody give any idea whether its worth joining the Army and the RMP in particular at my advanced age. I've just turned 27 this week so I'm ancient by recruit standards. I know I'm within the official age limit but I'm wondering whether it might in realistic terms be too late to make a reasonable career out of it. I don't expect to make General but I'd like to beable to make sgt at least before I left. Also would my chances of moving into some of the specialisms be affected by my age (assuming I'm good enough anyway, obviously) Would i be seen as too old. I've been in the TA for about a year and love it, always wanted to join the regs when I was younger but for various family reasons couldn't.
When I signed up I was a mere 22 yr old, but one of the lads I joined with was 28. He managed to get to the loft ranks of Sgt in about 8 years so I am sure you could make a career out of it if you wanted.
 
#3
Go for it. There is no substitute for experience, both in age and in attitude. CP and SIB would still be open to you (for CP ensure your fitness is of a good standard and that your shooting is straight and true!)

We have lots of 18/19 yr old LCpls passing out at the moment and, although the guys do a good job, it would be a refreshing change to see someone like yourself around the police station, giving them a bit of 'life' experience along the way.

Good luck and all the best at DCPPA (where you would do your Phase 2 RMP training) if you decide to go that route! :p
 
#4
Go for it. There is no substitute for experience, both in age and in attitude. CP and SIB would still be open to you (for CP ensure your fitness is of a good standard and that your shooting is straight and true!)

We have lots of 18/19 yr old LCpls passing out at the moment and, although the guys do a good job, it would be a refreshing change to see someone like yourself around the police station, giving them a bit of 'life' experience along the way.

Good luck and all the best at DCPPA (where you would do your Phase 2 RMP training) if you decide to go that route! :p
 
#8
I joined late-the maturity helps but it can be frustrating the way decisions are made sometimes: some of your bosses will have less life experience than you!! As for fitness I'm 39 and still pass what I need to-which is more than can be said of a lot of the younger lads...Have just been promoted despite getting into bother a few years ago, otherwise would like to think it would have been sooner. Join and give it a while-if you decide to get out, you'll still be young enough to pursue another career, and you won't look back wishing you'd tried it. There are plenty of worse jobs out there. Oh and I know several guys who passed CP in their late 30s
 
#9
Franz.

Go for it. There is no problem reaching Sgt in AGC(RMP).

1. Pass Out of Training - Get One Stripe (LCpl)
2. Catch 2 Speeding Military Vehicles (or incorrect paperwork) - Get Another Stripe (Cpl)
3. Write a Statement - Get Third (Sgt)

Should take a life experienced guy like you much shorter time to reach Sgt than the other younger AGC(RMP)s. Give yourself at least a few weeks to reach the Sergeant's Mess once you have passed out of DCPPA.
 
#11
Cheers for the encouragement youv'e convinced me. Though i didn't actually mean that I felt old, I've got the energy of a 26 and three quarter year old, you know.

Got my BARB test booked and Ill let you know how I get on.
 
#13
Milamber - I have told you before, sort out your English when online, there are no such thing as RMPs it is RMP!!!! You BERK! Royal Military Polices!!!!!
 
#15
Have a go mate nothing ventured nothing gained. I joined at 19 with a guy who was a whole 25 years old and he was a star. It makes a difference if you have a bit of life experience to back you up when your in some guys house at 0300 in the morning trying to find out why he's just smacked his missus/ crashed his car whilst pissed up/ had a scrap with his best mate/ had all his clothes thrown out on the front lawn.

It can be a good job mate or it can (at times) be the most infuriating job going, not just from the point of view of what your doing but the conditions that your doing it in and the people that your doing it for.

PM me if you wish and I'll give you my thoughts, for what they're worth, on life in the RMP.
 
#16
Milamber wrote:

1. Pass Out of Training - Get One Stripe (LCpl)
2. Catch 2 Speeding Military Vehicles (or incorrect paperwork) - Get Another Stripe (Cpl)
3. Write a Statement - Get Third (Sgt)
Ah, things have changed from the days when the rank badges were as follows:

1. One Stripe: can read or write.

2. Two stripes: can read and write.

3. Three stripes: knows someone who can read or write.

In all seriousness Franz the comments above are fair and your maturity should serve you well (and make it easier to take the banter attendant on becoming a Monkey). Let's face it, at least he doesn't want to be a Snowdrop...
 
#17
Northern Monkey said:
I joined late-the maturity helps but it can be frustrating the way decisions are made sometimes: some of your bosses will have less life experience than you!! As for fitness I'm 39 and still pass what I need to-which is more than can be said of a lot of the younger lads...Have just been promoted despite getting into bother a few years ago, otherwise would like to think it would have been sooner. Join and give it a while-if you decide to get out, you'll still be young enough to pursue another career, and you won't look back wishing you'd tried it. There are plenty of worse jobs out there. Oh and I know several guys who passed CP in their late 30s
NM, you never said you were really really in the monkeys before? Have you been keeping things from me mate? Ive been away for a few days and was dissapointed to notice the lack of forum tennis on the High Wage band and the RMP interview threads on my return.

Anyway stop giving this lad duff info. Its a rag tag fit 4 nuthin outfit. And thats me being nice.

Join the real Army mate or join your local Constabulary.

Japes at 6pm sharp behind the tank sheds (please note the change of locus)

Effy
 
#20
Can I have another crack at the RMP did most of phase 1 at ATR Winchester but came for family reasons. I have been in the TA for a year now possible 6 month tour in Afghanistan coming up, might try and re enlist into the regular army if all goes well over there ! Would there be any complications with me trying to go back ?
 

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