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Is joining the army the best decision you have ever made?

Is joining the army the best decision you have made?

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#1
On T.V and on army fliers I always see the same thing "joining the army is the best decision I have ever made"

What I want to know is, is it the best decision you have made? Or is this just a technique to rope people in?
 
#3
Undoubtedly. Afetr 18 years I can still say Im Army barmy and I look forward to work in the mornings. Mind you, not as much as I look forward to home in the evenings and more importantly pubbing and clubbing on weekends. I refuse to grow up, I am Peter Pan!
 
#6
It's fantastic. I got the schooling my lefty-liberal teachers never gave me, an outlook an life that has served me very well since leaving and every day you will work with the best friends you will ever have. There are highs and lows to everything in the army, but I remember more highs than lows when I take a few moments to reflect every now and again.
 
#7
mikardo said:
Baseplate said:
Hmm-have you just left, having completed a few weeks undercover filming for the Beeb??
No lol I was just wondering what army life is like before i quit my job and join up.
It's what you make of it. My own experience, and I had some tiny-willied NCOs, is that for every soldier being bullied there's 20 utter cocks being beasted because they're absolute fuckups of the highest order and deserve it.

So long as you go in with a philosophical mindset and don't confuse basic with a Club 18-30 holiday (unless you're going RLC, obviously), you'll to get loads out of it IMO. Just look at the numbers of ex-servicemen who come back here to remember what they'd been and what they'd done, for example.

Keep your eyes and mind open and remember that it's the Army. There's always the chance you'll come back with fewer bits than you went out with, or not come back at all. It's the job. If you can accept that, go for it.
 
#8
I can only speak for myself, but for me it certainly was.

However, I am reminded of a comment made to me by a Chelsea Pensioner:

"I only ever made two mistakes in my life. First one was joining the army and second leaving it."
 

chimera

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#9
mikardo said:
Baseplate said:
Hmm-have you just left, having completed a few weeks undercover filming for the Beeb??
No lol I was just wondering what army life is like before i quit my job and join up.
So how about you do an Army "Look at Life" Course before the BBC sends you undercover?
 

TheIronDuke

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#10
mikardo said:
On T.V and on army fliers I always see the same thing "joining the army is the best decision I have ever made"
Can you PM me a copy? Because it should read "Be the best". One would hate to think they paid us £575,346.42 (ex-VAT) for those three masterfully crafted words, then they didnt use them.
 
#11
Can't say it was the 'best' decision I ever made -that was finding the right woman and settling dow ....okay, she's left the room..where was I?

Oh, yes..
may not have been the best decision, but certainly was a wise one.. learned a bit about leadership and responsibility, altruism and dedication, determination and made some lifelong friends to boot..before I was a pretty footloose w@nker and ne'erdowell with no clear idea of what to do or where to go -mainjly becaue, at that age I was lazy and corrupted by the " me " generation. Peace Baby...[ gawd I even have photos of me dressed like Austin Powers..would trashy plastic beads sell well on E-bay?]

Well worth the time and energy and I'm proud that my wife and kids saw value in it the' life' enough from my experiences to join up as well when the time came..

maybe I'm biased, but other choices [ until lately] didn't lead anywhere, though I do regret not buying that lottery ticket June of '98... deffo not my best decision -my numbers paid out $ 14 mil and I sat numb in front of the listings cursing myself for hours...
 
#12
Joining the army wasn't a good decision, nor was it a poor one. I stumbled into the army having lost my job in a bakery, and while I wondered what to do next it was suggested to me by a friend, so I looked into it. Certainly not the most convincing case of decision making, indeed you could almost lavish the same praise on someone who 'decided' to pick the winning lottery numbers.

I can safely say my best decision was staying in.
 
#14
Suck it and see!
 
#15
The army broke my heart and made me a man,
but the woman broke my soul when she made me a civvie. (pull2eject 18.92008)
 
#16
I enjoyed (if that is the right word) my time in the army, went to some interesting places, Nepal being the first (after Ex Hardfall) - left after 9 years (redundancies were the order of the day), 3 years TA with the R.Anglians and rejoined the colours as a rockape - all in all good decisions :)
 
#17
Speedy said:
It's fantastic. I got the schooling my lefty-liberal teachers never gave me, an outlook an life that has served me very well since leaving and every day you will work with the best friends you will ever have. There are highs and lows to everything in the army, but I remember more highs than lows when I take a few moments to reflect every now and again.
Was coming out of the block to find your bike on its side one of the low points? :lol:
 
#18
roadster280 said:
Joining the Army was a very good decision.

Leaving it was also a very good decision.

The Army and I had a mutually beneficial time together, and I left with a lot of skills I didn't have when I joined up. Those skills set me up to acquire even more skills I would have had no chance of acquiring in the mob. In fact, I wouldn't even have known about the existence of some of them.

On the flip side, I gave the Army my all, the best years of my life. I gave them a 100% motivated soldier who excelled at his job (fcuk you if disagree (see earlier skills)).

I don't think I could say it was the BEST decision I ever made, but I certainly would not change it, given the chance.
Agree with all the above except I still have 9 months to do.
 
#19
Not the best decision I made joining up, but definitely the worst decision leaving, the grass isn't greener on the other side, wasn't for me any way.

I've got mates who I left school with who've done fcuk all except leave school, get a job and ride the rut, at least I can say I made some great bed blocks, got fcuked around like it was an art, and got to lug some pretty heavy bits of kit around cos we had no fuel to run our modern mechanised armeeee :headbang:
 
#20
YESSSSS!

I consider myself extremely lucky - I only ever wanted to join the Army from the moment I learned about it (as my Dad was a TA RSM (the only part-timer in such a post at the time)and ex WW2 regular this was at a very early age). Joined when I was just 16 and left the day before my 40th birthday. Had some great times which I remember vividly. Had some shite times which have faded in my memory.

I am now lucky in my 2nd life having met the right person just 6 months before I retired, now have 2 great kids, great job, great house and great lifestyle - all because I decided not to be a comprehensive school dropout and do something I always wanted to do. Glad I did it, glad I don't do it any more. :D
 

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