In search of some sound advice..

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  1. First off, hi lads, I'm new to this forum so apologies if this is in the completely wrong section!

    I'm in need of some advice regarding joining up and where better to go than here!

    So.. I'm 21, have had a fascination with anything military for almost my whole life. I am just about to finish doing a foundation degree in Countryside Management and am 99% sure that I want to join the army. (Yes, quite a contrast, but I can imagine having a nice later life managing some empty piece of countryside quite happily :))

    I'm going to go travelling first for a few months to satisfy that urge, but I cannot seem to shake the want for something exciting and with that camaraderie to it. I have compared hundreds of things to the army but it always seems to come out on top..

    Here's the main reasons that I'm trying to weigh up about joining:

    • Excitement and exhilaration
    • Teamwork, physically surpassing tasks and objectives, camaraderie
    • Excellent training
    • Make close friends – you can trust with your life & vice versa
    • Gain self confidence
    • Want to be kept physically and mentally fit
    • Want to be pushed physically and mentally – something demanding
    • Travel opportunities

    So.. what do I need advice with?

    Well.. I'm VERY reluctant to go to a recruitment centre, as I fear they will just try and feed me bullshit.

    I find the idea of being a trained sniper in the army very appealing. I have always enjoy shooting airpistols/rifles and .22, and find marksmanship a very enjoyable challenge. The stalking training also appeals to me a lot. I love the whole idea of it.

    What my problem is is that I don't really know what I want to ask..

    - How would I even go about getting information on how I could get to that stage? - it seems there is very little info on this subject
    - I am aware of the presumption that lots of people make that joining the army will mean you'll be turned into a mindless robot and lose your personality. I think otherwise, but any thoughts on this?
    - I can't seem to find out age or rank requirements to try out for sniper training, any thoughts?

    Other than those 3 specific questions, I really can't think of any other specifics - that's not to say I'd love to know a LOT more, please offer any advice that you think would be appropriate.

    Cheers :D
  2. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Sensible replies only. You've been warned!
  3. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Can he not read the forums? Seems to me there is enough in there already.......
  4. This is not the place to get sound careers advise, the only place is at the AFCO, you will have to go there in the end, as it’s the only way in.

    As for Sniper it’s a highly skilled job that’s takes years to master.

    But good luck, I don’t think you will regret it.
  5. Yes please :)

    I'm very aware that this might be bait for "you've seen too many war/sniper films little kid" or other similar remarks. But I've thought about this a hell of a lot - it is a subject I have been dwelling on for years now so I'm not just doing this out of a little boys fascination or shooting guns just to make a big noise!
  6. Sorry mate, looking at this forum almost made my head explode. There were about 50 different categories to search through.

    Perhaps you could point me in the right direction? :)

    Thank you. :)
  7. To stand a chance at becoming a sniper you'd need to be an excellent infantryman with a good few years under your belt and possibly a stripe or two. Yes, it's possible, but it's not like Jarhead, it's something you'd build up to over some time.

    Go to the AFCO (you'll have to at some point to join anyway), explain what you want and look at infantry. Also consider the Royal Marines. As for mindless robots, have a read of the site and make your own mind up.
  8. The AFCO is your best port of call, you cannot join without going. You are young, I assume you do not know the full implications of being a sniper.
  9. That seems to be the general feeling from here!

    You are correct.. all I really know (or think I know) is what I have read in books, seen on documentaries, and seen on the internet/films. The latter being mostly disregarded since a lot of it can't be believed.. except for this thread of course!

    I have never talked to anyone who's been in the role or talked to a recruitment office at all.

    But I'm not naive (or atleast I like to think as much) and I don't believe a lot of the stuff that is put across in most media about the sniper role. Please enlighten me if you can! I would be very grateful. I'd be interested to know what you mean by the "full implications".
  10. Shooting people in the head and sh!tting into plastic bags.
  11. Shooting A LOT of people in the head and sh!tting into plastic bags.
  12. Have to agree, the only place to get the advice you need is your AFCO.
    Dont worry about asking questions, your recruiter will get it out of you. We have heard it all before, The guys in the office will put you at ease and give you all the advice you need.
    It doesnt matter if you want to just pop in and ask for some information and then leave or if you want to spend sometime there.

    Mkae sure you set aside some time and get through those doors it will pay off in the long run.
  13. Join an infantry reg, get to batallion, get a tour or two under your belt then have a look at what route you might want to take and possibbly specialise in an area (e.g. sniper). There were loads of lads in my platoon that said they wanted to be a sniper at the beginning of our course, 13 weeks on things have changed.
  14. How long you off travelling for? There is a bit of a recruitment bottleneck at the moment it seems so even if you pop into your AFCO soon you will have plenty of time to think about things...

    Plus if you go soon you can ask all the questions and get loads of info to take away with you, it's not a contract as soon as you walk in.
  15. Thanks so much for the replies guys, very much appreciated.

    That's interesting to hear, well I'd probably be looking to join up regular around about mid next year.

    So is it a requirement to be a regular soldier for a certain period of time before you can enrol into sniper training?