Could the TA be what I am looking for?

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Reserve Recruitment' started by mullers, Oct 3, 2011.

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  1. Hi,

    A tiny bit about me. 32 years old, great wife(no kids), great family, great friends, nice interesting job in the media industry that as a bonus pays reasonably well and to top it all off I have a nice little flat.

    This is not a sob story and I am not moping around feeling sorry for myself, it is not lost on me that on paper I have a good life, I don’t want to come across as ungrateful and I wish the answer was as simple as learning to be grateful what I have but it is not, I have tried that and I am still left with the feeling that I am not making the most of life and there is something missing.

    I have never really had to work all that hard, never really pushed myself, never tested myself and haven’t really done a lot to be all that proud about. Don’t get me wrong I have no regrets but I will do it if I don’t do something about it.

    I have never really had a burning desire to do anything or at the same time felt really passionate or all that interested in anything, or so I thought. I have always been very interested in the military, books & films I just lap it up, my grandfather was in the Navy and was on the landing crafts in Normandy, providing supplies and picking up the injured, it’s takes a bit to get him to open up but I find it fascinating listening to him.

    I want to work hard, push myself physically and mentally, learn new skills, experience new adventures, meet like minded people etc. I know that it would be a huge life changing commitment and there is a real chance of being deployed. Now I know all the official spiel would have me believe that the TA is what I am looking for but I was hoping for some advice as to whether I am being completely naïve or if indeed it could possibly be for me.

    I live in London and infantry is what I would want to do.

    Thanks in advance for any advice offered.
  2. Proper self-starter i'm sure you'd be welcomed with open arms.
  3. In a nutshell..

  4. The TA gives back what you put in. If you toss it off and do the minimum days you wont get much in return. But if you commit, apply yourself and work hard at it you will be rewarded with great friends, great experiences and possibly even useful qualifications to boot! The TA will change you! For the better!

    I think you know you want to do it but just need someone to kick your ass down to the TA centre to sign on! Find you local centre, knock on the door and tell them exactly what you've just told us! The Territorial Army Near You - For Those Interested in Joining the TA

    Consider yourself kicked! Good Luck!
  5. Depends what you are looking for
  6. All the above will hold true in a good TA unit but not all are. That said, it won't do the OP any harm to give it a go and find out for himself.

    The main question to ask is "Are you prepared to go on operations?" It doesn't mean to say that you will, even if you volunteer but you certainly should be prepared to do so - it's a singularly pointless occupation otherwise.
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  8. He is a bit old to suddenly up and say this is what I want to do. What unit could he join as a Private et al at 32. Why would they take him, he will be next to useless in 4 or 5 years time, would you want a 32 year old Private in your Platoon????

    Given his background he has no transferrable skill or speciality that might make him employable in a specialist unit so what could he do and what use would he be.
  9. "The main question to ask is "Are you prepared to go on operations?" It doesn't mean to say that you will, even if you volunteer but you certainly should be prepared to do so - it's a singularly pointless occupation otherwise."

    If it came to it I would like to think I had the balls, if it became a reality and I knew I was going I would be scared, but I guess most people would.
  10. dive right in squire, the TA pool is a most refreshing tale, and you get paid too,,, win win win,,,,,,
  11. With all due respect I don't think you can really write someone off at the age of 32 or in fact 37/38. Are you saying this from the perspective of fitness?
  12. A mate of mine is just coming back off H14, he joined at 41 with no previous experience. That's Infantry and he didn't deploy as a storeman either. Granted he is pretty exceptional but it needn't be a drama at 32.
  13. Indeed.
  14. Any pictures of your 'great wife'...?
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  15. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    He said he wanted to test himself physically, not wheeze along at the lowest common denominator standard.

    B Coy 4 Para at White City or Croydon,

    You need to be sub 10 minutes for 1.5 miles on your recruit selection weekend or we send you to the fat wasters in the Rifles or London Regt.
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