#1
Can anyone offer any advice on becoming a Dog handler for the RAVC 1st Military Working Dogs.

My Bio
42 years
9.32 @ 1.5 mile
Athletic/physically strong

I currently have a business that works with about 400 dogs and I specialise with working with agressive dogs that owners can no longer control.

Last year I made an application to join 4 Para and was accepted even though I was 41. Just before going to prove my fitness levels to join I had a difficult situation that forced me to opt out and know that has been resolved I am gutted that o missed that boat.

I would like to be considered again for 4 Para, but I don't want to beg an plead for a second chance (maybe I should) so I decided to go and see what a Dog handler for the RAVC 1st Military Working Dogs is all about.

I know I have a wealthof experience in this area, but I am concerned that it is not as adrenaline fuelled as 4 Para.

Also it's 2 hours away, don't get me wrong, I am 110% committed to any regiment I join, but would like some more advice on what to expect from the forum rather than being told it's the best thing for me to do in respect to my civilian caree.

Any help or advice would be very grateful. I am going to visit the unit this coming Tuesday .

Thanks in advance .
 
#2
The last time I saw any stats 1 MWD Regt were dragging themselves along on their arrse when it came to reserve numbers being recruited.

If I were you I'd wear that padded arm thingy when you go on Tuesday.
 
#3
Ok, so what are you saying, they are not up to much? you see that's what I'm concerned about, I live in Cheshire, I also looked at 4 Mercian, any opinions on that?
 
#4
I'm not saying they're not up to much just that they're having massive problems recruiting. Could be their location or what they offer or they're pretty niche or something else.

I would say they will (or at least should) be very welcoming when you're there hence the need to protect your arm!
 
#6
No, but after speaking with them and understanding the situation they were happy for me to attend to prove myself, why do you ask ?
 
#7
Interesting cheers.

Just that the cut off age says 34 on the army website page so i didnt even consider it and started looking in to 299 para instead. looks like all hope isnt lost after all.
 
#8
This what I can tell you, 4 Para cut is 40 years, when recruits are at the thick end of 40 each application is made on the individual. The main thing is fitness, they want you to run the 1.5 in 10.30 min but if you are just making 10.30 it's going to be a hard slog, you have to be in the 9.30's to make the ultimate selection. They are always concerned with older recruits that the recovery time of training and injuries take longer, but if you are fit, heal quick and are mentally robust age is just a number, if you can do the job then you are the right man for the job, period .
 
#9
This what I can tell you, 4 Para cut is 40 years, when recruits are at the thick end of 40 each application is made on the individual. The main thing is fitness, they want you to run the 1.5 in 10.30 min but if you are just making 10.30 it's going to be a hard slog, you have to be in the 9.30's to make the ultimate selection. They are always concerned with older recruits that the recovery time of training and injuries take longer, but if you are fit, heal quick and are mentally robust age is just a number, if you can do the job then you are the right man for the job, period .
Cheers for that. Looks like i might try then!
 
#10
Hi, I'm also looking for information on this unit, at 47 I think've realised the chance of me deploying anywhere even if it does kick off again is next to nothing, just looking to transfer to a unit a unit now to learn something completely new and just for the craic, anyone know what the reservists of this regiment will be tasked with, what their role is?
Cheers
 

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