I want to join the army but...

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I have wanted to join the army for bloody ages, but my parents think its possibly the most stupid decision I could ever make. My dads and ex-copper, and therefore ridiculously cynical, which has lead him to believe that everyone in the army are thick as you like. They dont mind me joining the RAF though, because they "dont do as much". (I think they hit the nail on the head there..) And I'm less likley to get killed.

But I want to join the army! I know the obvious option.. just tell them to shut up and get on with it, but out of respect, I want their blessing before I do anything. What should I do? :?
 

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#3
Be careful before you start criticising other Services. All carry a degree of risk and just because some trades may not be upfront and personal as the infantry, people still get hurt and people die. How about the Nimrod aircrew for starters?
 
#5
If your over 18 you do what you want to do, your parents love for you will overcome the fact they dont want you to join. They have lived their lives and your father was a police officer, you can tell him that being a soldier carrys no more risk than driving a car on a busy road. He put himself in the line of danger many a time as a police officer i am sure. Just because he was wearing blue it makes no difference.

If its what you really want, do it. You will make them proud when you pass out. Initial opinions will change when they see the man the army makes of you.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

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domino123 said:
I have wanted to join the army for bloody ages, but my parents think its possibly the most stupid decision I could ever make. My dads and ex-copper, and therefore ridiculously cynical, which has lead him to believe that everyone in the army are thick as you like. They dont mind me joining the RAF though, because they "dont do as much". (I think they hit the nail on the head there..) And I'm less likley to get killed.

But I want to join the army! I know the obvious option.. just tell them to shut up and get on with it, but out of respect, I want their blessing before I do anything. What should I do? :?
If you want to join the army and you're over 18 go for it. My mum hated the idea at first when I was going to join in the summer of 2008(I was 19), so I put it off for a bit and built my fitness up a bit. Slowly she started to warm to the idea of the army, firstly it was "you aren't going in the army." then "you aren't going infantry." and now she just doesn't care, or atleast doesn't say she cares that I am going for infantry. Given time you're parents will come round and be proud of you.
 
#7
I'm in the RAF and it's a lot better but depends on what you want. If you have GCSEs and a bit of nouse then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are generally treated better and once you've been in a while NCOs will be on first name terms.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you would be an Army Sgt but RAF Cpl. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to Cyprus and maybe Gibraltar. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you haven't done well at school or home life is bad etc then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army go for the Corps that don't just take anyone, such as Sigs, REME, RE.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to be your rifle then Infantry is the one. Blood quick promotion, just a tad dangerous. Unless it's RAF Regiment you don't see many RAF dying in Afghan.
 
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Leedsboy said:
I'm in the RAF and it's a lot better but depends on what you want. If you have GCSEs and a bit of nouse then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are generally treated better and once you've been in a while NCOs call officers by first name and wonder why the army ones bite.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you would be an RAF Cpl equivalent to an army LCpl. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to Cyprus and maybe Gibraltar. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you want to look in the mirror in the morning and not feel sick at the sight of you in light blue then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army go for the Corps that don't just take anyone, such as Sigs, REME, RE.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to be your rifle then Infantry is the one. Blood quick promotion, just a tad dangerous. Unless it's RAF Regiment you don't see many RAF dying in Afghan, the rest are dying of coronary heart disease in lincolnshire.
Corrected! :wink:
 
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Leedsboy said:
I'm in the RAF and it's a lot better but depends on what you want. If you have GCSEs and a bit of nouse then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are generally treated better and once you've been in a while NCOs will be on first name terms.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you would be an Army Sgt but RAF Cpl. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to Cyprus and maybe Gibraltar. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you haven't done well at school or home life is bad etc then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army go for the Corps that don't just take anyone, such as Sigs, REME, RE.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to be your rifle then Infantry is the one. Blood quick promotion, just a tad dangerous. Unless it's RAF Regiment you don't see many RAF dying in Afghan.
You are a misinformed turd aren't you :roll:
 
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broken_man said:
Leedsboy said:
I'm in the RAF and it's a lot better but depends on what you want. If you have GCSEs and a bit of nouse then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are generally treated better and once you've been in a while NCOs call officers by first name and wonder why the army ones bite.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you would be an RAF Cpl equivalent to an army LCpl. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to Cyprus and maybe Gibraltar. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you want to look in the mirror in the morning and not feel sick at the sight of you in light blue then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army go for the Corps that don't just take anyone, such as Sigs, REME, RE.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to be your rifle then Infantry is the one. Blood quick promotion, just a tad dangerous. Unless it's RAF Regiment you don't see many RAF dying in Afghan, the rest are dying of coronary heart disease in lincolnshire.
Corrected! :wink:
LOL nice... :D
 
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Leedsboy said:
I'm in the RAF and our collective ego tells us it's better but depends on what you want. If you have hair gel and a bit of a polyester fetish then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are hated by everyone and insist on calling everyone by their first names just to show how unmilitary we are.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you might have two propellors on your fresh-out the stores C95s. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to hotels and maybe upmarket bed and breakfasts to claim feld conditions. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you haven't done well at school or home life is bad etc then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army then don't listen to some nig Crab like myself sounding off about something I know fcuk all about.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to a clipboard and an insufferably indifferent attitude then RAF mover is the job for you.There's an hourly risk of being yelled at by a real soldier who is desperate to get home to see his family after you have moved their flight for no apparent reason and won't let them go to the cookhouse for scoff just in case a plane turns up.You'll be too busy adventure training to worry about promotion. Besides, if you were at all worried about badges of rank you'd have joined the military.
Dam. A quicker cutter and paster!
 
#13
Also tell your father he's a fcuking Bell End and only regrets not having the stones to join himself. Then move out the way if he's still hard enough to beat you up!
 
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Leedsboy said:
I'm in the RAF and it's a lot better but depends on what you want. If you have GCSEs and a bit of nouse then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are generally treated better and once you've been in a while NCOs will be on first name terms.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you would be an Army Sgt but RAF Cpl. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to Cyprus and maybe Gibraltar. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you haven't done well at school or home life is bad etc then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army go for the Corps that don't just take anyone, such as Sigs, REME, RE.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to be your rifle then Infantry is the one. Blood quick promotion, just a tad dangerous. Unless it's RAF Regiment you don't see many RAF dying in Afghan.
my bold

(WAH shield activated)

Your a grade A throbber.....making massive generalisations based on nothing more than what the bigger boys in blue have told you

(WAH shield off)

Original poster.....if you dont live your dreams now you will regret it for ever. Your parents will come around when they realise what a well rounded, intelligent, disciplined man the army has made you
 
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kingburn_99 said:
Leedsboy said:
I'm in the RAF and it's a lot better but depends on what you want. If you have GCSEs and a bit of nouse then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are generally treated better and once you've been in a while NCOs will be on first name terms.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you would be an Army Sgt but RAF Cpl. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to Cyprus and maybe Gibraltar. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you haven't done well at school or home life is bad etc then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army go for the Corps that don't just take anyone, such as Sigs, REME, RE.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to be your rifle then Infantry is the one. Blood quick promotion, just a tad dangerous. Unless it's RAF Regiment you don't see many RAF dying in Afghan.
my bold

(WAH shield activated)

Your a grade A throbber.....making massive generalisations based on nothing more than what the bigger boys in blue have told you

(WAH shield off)[/q


No need for the wah shield, his other post also reveals how much of a knob he really is
 
#17
Maybe you could join the RAF Regt - that way you can tell your Olds that you're in the RAF, but really you'll be in one of the world's most NAILSEST elite fighting forces...

Best of both worlds mate.
 
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broken_man said:
Leedsboy said:
I'm in the RAF and it's a lot better but depends on what you want. If you have GCSEs and a bit of nouse then the RAF is the one. Plus we check in, not dig in! We are generally treated better and once you've been in a while NCOs call officers by first name and wonder why the army ones bite.

However be aware promotion is very slow - after a decade in uniform you would be an RAF Cpl equivalent to an army LCpl. And so on. But in the Army you can get posted to Germany and have tax-free cars, overseas living allowance etc. In the RAF overseas postings are limited to Cyprus and maybe Gibraltar. We're all downsizing to Lincolnshire and the Home Counties.

But if you want to look in the mirror in the morning and not feel sick at the sight of you in light blue then the Army is good - just check you average NCOs when you get in! If you have a bit of sense and really want the Army go for the Corps that don't just take anyone, such as Sigs, REME, RE.

Lastly if your best mate is likely to be your rifle then Infantry is the one. Blood quick promotion, just a tad dangerous. Unless it's RAF Regiment you don't see many RAF dying in Afghan, the rest are dying of coronary heart disease in lincolnshire.
Corrected! :wink:
I'll just tell Thommo's missus he didn't die then, along with the relatives of Duncan P, Chris B, Graham L, Martin W and a few others ...wnaker....
 
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