Its all in your head!

#1
My family have been less than supportive about my decision to go into the army, not that they think its a bad move or anything. But they doubt me. They think i will fall at the first hurdle or give up when it gets tough. And with good reason. Ive been that bloke in the past. But if im honest, completley and truley... This is the first thing ive ever REALLY wanted in my entire life. Ive worked so hard already and im really looking forward to it. My family have been trying to put the mental strain on me to give up. But its not working, and it got me to thinking, "Whats with all the pressure?"

So heres my question for you established military types

Can anyone tell us n00bs what we can expect to be up against mentally if/when we get to basic?
 
#2
at the end of the day mate, its your life and you make the decisions

my family are supportin me goin in the army, but me dad isnt too pleased about me goin in the infantry, but thats what i'm doin... my life my choice.
 
#3
Chris_2oo6 said:
at the end of the day mate, its your life and you make the decisions

my family are supportin me goin in the army, but me dad isnt too pleased about me goin in the infantry, but thats what i'm doin... my life my choice.
Ohh that stuff with my family doesn't bother me. I was just wondering how many shades of sh!t im going to get shouted out of me for forgetting to button up one of my pockets or something.
 
#6
Im so damn exited about starting. And id forgotten that there will be other guys there...sounds dumb to say but i had. Suddenly my moral is lifted, and i feel jovial!
 
#8
Just remember what the end goal is through training, no matter how bad it seems that day. You'll look back after passing and feel great, and it wasn't that bad and glad you stuck with it. Some good friends of mine have told me this, and I hope I can remember the same words when I start on Monday.
 
#9
Brian mate i feel the same way, ive only ever really wanted to do this and nothing else. My own drive amazes me. Just mentally stick one up a everyone that doubts you and prove them wrong. Always run a bit faster, always do one more press up, one more circuit. If you want this like you say you do, and i dont doubt that you do, there is nothing stopping you! I started training fairly over-weight, drinking, smoking and sleeping late and now im running sub 10:10 have dropped a stone, dont smoke, dont drink (.... as much :lol: ) and get up at 6 to go running. Like the yanks say HOORAH! Good Luck mara!
 
#10
Armed_and_dangerous said:
good for you mate, remember nothing is actually as bad as it seems
Apart from cancer of the penis.
 
#11
As long as you remember when the Training Staff say " Just another 100 metres" - it actually means you're going a bit further but its guaranteed to mentally **** with the recruits heads ;-)
 
#13
My old man was keen for me to join up but doubted, to my face, that I'd get through basic. I did and looking back I imagine by him saying I wouldn't make it only made me more determined to succeed. Maybe that's what your parents are hoping, think of it as a little indirect motivation. Good luck.
 
#14
brian_fantastic said:
My family have been less than supportive about my decision to go into the army, not that they think its a bad move or anything. But they doubt me. They think i will fall at the first hurdle or give up when it gets tough. And with good reason. Ive been that bloke in the past. But if im honest, completley and truley... This is the first thing ive ever REALLY wanted in my entire life. Ive worked so hard already and im really looking forward to it. My family have been trying to put the mental strain on me to give up. But its not working, and it got me to thinking, "Whats with all the pressure?"

So heres my question for you established military types

Can anyone tell us n00bs what we can expect to be up against mentally if/when we get to basic?
Most likely to do with the current media attention to Afganistan and Iraq conflicts and basically they dont want you to end up out there.
TBH most civilian parents think the Army is going to ship their sons and daughters off to theatre as soon as they finish basic or have little knowledge of the trade they are going to.
iu know my old man just says 'well when you end up in Afghan getting shot at dont come running back to me' or 'why cant you just continue going what youre doing'-'I reply i dont want to be a security guard throwing chavs out all day during the day and a 'door supervisor' throwing chavs out of a club all night at night forever.However my mum is all for me joining the monkeys (probably due to her fella was an ammo tech and recognises the good career the army can offer).

My brothers are happy because my supra is being left at home for phase 1 so no doubt they have plans for a little 'ride'-ha ha im taking the keys with me lol
 
#15
My family are also worried bout me wanting to join the army ,but end of the day its my decision , and i feel it is the right one , there are so many positve things about joining ,do so many things i want to get in as soon as possible
 
#16
brian_fantastic said:
My family have been less than supportive about my decision to go into the army, not that they think its a bad move or anything. But they doubt me. They think i will fall at the first hurdle or give up when it gets tough. And with good reason. Ive been that bloke in the past. But if im honest, completley and truley... This is the first thing ive ever REALLY wanted in my entire life. Ive worked so hard already and im really looking forward to it. My family have been trying to put the mental strain on me to give up. But its not working, and it got me to thinking, "Whats with all the pressure?"

So heres my question for you established military types

Can anyone tell us n00bs what we can expect to be up against mentally if/when we get to basic?
What area / unit are you thinking of joining?
Before commiting, think of what you want...eg..Trade wise...
REME / Engineers, etc..Something to stand you in good stead for the future

Go to basic, With an open mind, again it is your life mate and you will have to take the rough with the smooth. There will be times when you will be cold, wet, tired, hungry and totally p1ssed off,and have some hairy arrsed
Fullscrew biting at your heels, but hang in there, be strong mate, keep your head down and grind out the training. You will succeed if you truely want this...Good Luck....The Devil.. :evil:
 
#17
What you have to remember is, that gods knows how many hundreds of thousands have been in your position, and quite happily gone on to have great careers or more importantly piss ups.

Its not meant (training) to be easy physically or more importantly mentally, its not your average job your going into, and even when they send you to the sand pit, they will train you beforehand, but if they issue you a pick helve and tell you to patrol the camp perimeter, i would say no. ):
 
#18
O2Thief said:
My old man was keen for me to join up but doubted, to my face, that I'd get through basic. I did and looking back I imagine by him saying I wouldn't make it only made me more determined to succeed. Maybe that's what your parents are hoping, think of it as a little indirect motivation. Good luck.
Id like to believe that. But its not. They got me a job in KFC in a hope to deter me from going in. Wrong kind of Colonel.
 
#19
Stick with it mate and you won't regret it.

I didn't tell my parents straight away, I done the interviews first. When I did tell them they wern't too keen either and doubted I'd last the training.

However, I did get out but not till after I'd done 23.5 years of service in a top Infantry Unit.

BT
 
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