How old were you when you were commissioned?

How old were you on commissioning as a direct entrant?

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#1
This is just for my interest and to follow up a thread in Current Affairs...
 
#4
19 - and there was a 17 year-old in the company who MIGHT have been 18 on the glorious day...
 
#7
Twelvety..but that was a local regiment for local people...
 
#8
Average age current Scottish DEPOs is 26 next birthday, but the norm is slightly lower. I was almost 29 and that was very old when I commissioned. Don't think it would even merit comment nowadays.
 
#9
I'm about to start Sandhurst at 25 years 11 months.
 
#10
14 days before my 19th Birthday - I was, for a while, the youngest officer in the Army. In hindsight, I should have got a life first................
 
#12
Turned 22 in the May, marched up the steps in the August.

Was on the Simple Minds Course (SMC35 to be precise), remainder of my platoon were, in the main, extremely immature spotty oiks from Welbeck - which made me question whether or not I'd done the right thing. Didn't realise that the Army took people like that, and wondered how on earth they'd got through the net and indeed RCB, only to discover that they didn't do RCB. Having only met my Father's chums, he then a serving officer too, niavely thought all officers were 'proper chaps'. They, the spotty oiks, used to call me 'Uncle' because they thought I was so old.......
 
#13
Are Welbexians still ghastly, then?
 
#14
Always have been, always will be! But at least it is some small comfort to the rest of us that most of them will have had the sh*t kicked out of them for a few weeks on Rowallen Coy.........
 
#15
Manninagh said:
Are Welbexians still ghastly, then?
Yes, although one or two seem quite relaxed these days...maybe I'm mellowing out in the fresh wide open air of civilian life.
 
#16
Maximus said:
Always have been, always will be! But at least it is some small comfort to the rest of us that most of them will have had the sh*t kicked out of them for a few weeks on Rowallen Coy.........
I have said it before and I'll say it again. Unfortunately, Rowcoy has met its demise. A shame really.
 
#17
Manninagh said:
Are Welbexians still ghastly, then?
Not half, Staff!

We had a chap called Fatprick Crowlegs in the Bn - they had a 'tradition' of inflicting one Welbexian on the Infantry every now and then. What a shocker, could have been the role model for Captain Darling. Went on to command a TA Bn, which suffered, by all accounts, a massive down turn in manning levels.

He told his platoon that he based his life on 'Fit to Fight' & 'Shoot to Kill', cor well f*ck me. That impressed the boys!
 

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