Joining TA aged 37

#1
Anyone else joined late? Training myself up physically for it but thought i would ask how others have got on. I had previously put off joining as I had been told that glasses or contact lenses were a no no.

Looking at PWRR - is there any difference between Worthing and Brighton?

Thanks
 
#2
We had a recruit through the system at 50, mind you he had a very desirable skillset. He kept up with the rest of his group no problems, slower on the runs but lasted longer on the TABs.
 
#4
I can remember at least two recruits in their late 30's joining, given the lifestyle of kids (tut) nowadays I'd say that they we as fit or unfit as the majority of recruits. Go for it.
 
#5
sounds good to me. Just working on being able to lift equivelent to my body weight with pressups, heaves etc and getting time down on running.
seem to recall hearing of someone in RAR regiment in his 50's in Afghanistan so my age not too bad then.
 
#6
I joined at 31, six years ago when the upper age limit was 32. Took a while to adjust my fitness but once I did I was away! Keep on training and go for it bud.
 
#7
sounds good to me. Just working on being able to lift equivelent to my body weight with pressups, heaves etc and getting time down on running.
seem to recall hearing of someone in RAR regiment in his 50's in Afghanistan so my age not too bad then.
I know of a 47 year old deploying later this year so no, youre not too old. Just turn up & put the effort in and youll be fine.
 
#8
I joined the RAF Regiment Aux (yes, I know...but they were the only ones who would have me) at 42.

Some bits I struggled with, some bits I breezed...a lot depends on you as an individual. The yoof of today are not as fit as I remember being at 18!

As for glasses etc..I joined as a boy soldier with glasses and spent 11 years in and out of Regular and TA Infantry units whilst wearing them. Just make sure you have a spare pair with you at all times...just in case.
 
#9
I joined the TA three years ago aged 38 after being out of the regs since the early 90s.The hardest thing I found was having to spend time with young immature fuckwits,lying in my pit on a night at the weekend thinking "why am I doing this?"
Training wise,no problem there,nothing too hard.I was really suprised at the really low standard of fittness of some of the "playstation nation" younger recriuts. Phys wise,nothing too hard and I must admit Id gone a little soft around the middle since my regular days!!
Four months after finishing basic I passed my PTI course and was back at the training centre as a PT instructor.
I would say go for it,bit of getting fucked about but just switch off to it and take nothing personally.
The glasses/contacts thing is utter bollocks,I wear both!
 
#10
Had a lad in my Sqn just get best recruit in TSC Alpha, even more impressive when he told me in conversation that he was 40, I did not realise as he could have easily passed for 25!
 
#11
sounds good to me. Just working on being able to lift equivelent to my body weight with pressups, heaves etc and getting time down on running.
seem to recall hearing of someone in RAR regiment in his 50's in Afghanistan so my age not too bad then.
Sorry meant RAF!
 
#14
Join, get in - then do Laser Eye surgery. 37 shouldn't be too old, just be aware that you have less time to progress in the ranks than an 18 yr old. As above you'll probably get sick of sharing a bloc with 18-24yr old Ptes spouting the usual crap of a night time.....
 
#16
i turned 37 this week, and i sent my application in last week. I'm not fit enough, or light enough yet, 1.5 miles in 13, 50 situps in 2, 25 pressups in 2, no heaves at all and i weigh 16.5 stone at 6 foot high. but working hard at it. Hopefully by the time they process me, i.ll be ok. I was in the TA from 18 to 27 and wore glasses the whole time, never had a problem with my own unit, but on courses sometimes got verbal from instructors, and its a pain when operating in the rain, as they get smeary which makes aiming harder. You also have an extra step to take when putting your respirator on for annual weapon test, etc. I'm going for laser eye surgery chat this weekend, have you considered that?
DONT get the surgery.... it will cause a whole bunch of hastle for you. You dont need to do a respirator shoot.... and if you do its a piece of piss anyway!
 
#17
Anyone else joined late? Training myself up physically for it but thought i would ask how others have got on. I had previously put off joining as I had been told that glasses or contact lenses were a no no.

Looking at PWRR - is there any difference between Worthing and Brighton?

Thanks
I joined and did CIC at 41, passed my PTI this year at age 43. Keeps me motivated and although I ache and creak, I can keep going! Go for it, you are a long time dead
 
#18
thanks, yeah - do I have to tell 'em?
Yes you would..... I did hear a story about someone getting a discharge because of it. Quite how true that is, I cant say. Seek advice from your MO before making any decisions.......
 
#19
Trouble is, my prescription is now worse than when i first joined at 18 and would be over the limit for acceptance according to the optician's form i hot with the application pack, so i need it to get in again. Would a downgrading mean they would defer my entry? I'm not getting any younger!
Providing you're not blind or anything, you may be Ok. It is one of those questions you really need expert advice on. I could tell you you will be fine, but maybe you wont. Ask the MO..... Good luck tho.
 
#20
dont laser your eyes, HGV or dvr trade, ? not happening. some tech trades, no chance, or so iam lead to belive !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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