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Joining the Infantry at 30, Good or bad idea???

#1
Hello there :D

My application to join is now under way, having completed the BARB/Key skills and the Med Forms. Just waiting for interview dates. My main choice for career path is to join the Infantry. It has been for a long time now but something about my choice has been bugging me a little.

I'm 29 at present and will very soon be 30. I'm not insecure about my age but I would like to know if people feel that applicants my age are compatible with that particular role? I would love to know other peoples views on this. I realise that if my decision comes to fruition then I will be training with people much younger than me and have to take orders from people much younger than me etc. This, I feel, does not bother me in the slightest. My family are 100% behind me in my decision.

When I completed the BARB with a score of 72, my recruiter told me that a person of my maturity would better suit one of the more trade like roles which I feel is very good advice but I just don't fancy any of the other roles.

Anyway, what do other people think? Joining the Infantry at 30, A good idea? :?
 
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#2
I think that you will find the other inf lads that you will be serving alongside very immature/childish, and this will only get on your nerves in the long run.
 
#5
cracking ideaaaa :D
why not join the infantry . i reckon all the younger lads like myself would like someone your age in my group to look upto .. oh and btw not everyone at a younger age is immature :) mate go for it seriously , good luck!!
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#6
thehitman said:
cracking ideaaaa :D
why not join the infantry . i reckon all the younger lads like myself would like someone your age in my group to look upto .. oh and btw not everyone at a younger age is immature :) mate go for it seriously , good luck!!
Wait until you've joined the inf then get back to me on that one.
 
#7
A bloke of your maturity will do well in the Infantry as you will tend to be more robust than the younger lads. It comes down to what you want, if you want the exciting life then go Infantry. Good luck whatever you decide.
 
#8
.....Forgot to mention that I was thinking along the lines of Armoured Infantry, If that makes a difference?

Really appreciate the responses, keep 'em coming!
 
#9
Do it mate, why not....there will be plenty of lads in their 20s. I'm joining next year Il be 22. Forget all the 16 year old snot gobblers. There will be decent lads with you wherever you go.
 
#10
Yep armoured infantry does make a difference, you will have a taxi to run you about.
I remember a guy of 27 joined when I did, he only lasted a few weeks, but the infantry I joined were very demanding
 
#12
Go for it mate, I'm also 29, and thinking of going for it within the next year. I'm cutting it kinda close though. No I think you'll be ok. Gud luck mate. :wink:
 
#13
ThisIsSparta!! said:
Hello there :D

My application to join is now under way, having completed the BARB/Key skills and the Med Forms. Just waiting for interview dates. My main choice for career path is to join the Infantry. It has been for a long time now but something about my choice has been bugging me a little.

I'm 29 at present and will very soon be 30. I'm not insecure about my age but I would like to know if people feel that applicants my age are compatible with that particular role? I would love to know other peoples views on this. I realise that if my decision comes to fruition then I will be training with people much younger than me and have to take orders from people much younger than me etc. This, I feel, does not bother me in the slightest. My family are 100% behind me in my decision.

When I completed the BARB with a score of 72, my recruiter told me that a person of my maturity would better suit one of the more trade like roles which I feel is very good advice but I just don't fancy any of the other roles.

Anyway, what do other people think? Joining the Infantry at 30, A good idea? :?
i think give it a go you cant do any worse than any spotty 16 year old would any way as long as youve got ur heart set on it and give it your all you will do it . you can achive any thing as long as u push ur self to set ur heart on it . give it a crack mate u aint that old ur only 30 for god sake .
 
#15
I don't think completing the training will be a problem if you're fit and determined, it'll be the social side and fitting into the group that might be hard, your immediate peers will be 10-12 years younger mostly, and just be discovering the things you got bored of years ago, you'll be taking orders from jncos and junior officers much younger and with less life experience in some non-military areas then you, I'd think long and hard about joining something where such tight group cohesion is necessary when theres a bit of a generation gap between you and those around you...
 
#16
Bradstyley said:
I don't think completing the training will be a problem if you're fit and determined, it'll be the social side and fitting into the group that might be hard, your immediate peers will be 10-12 years younger mostly, and just be discovering the things you got bored of years ago, you'll be taking orders from jncos and junior officers much younger and with less life experience in some non-military areas then you, I'd think long and hard about joining something where such tight group cohesion is necessary when theres a bit of a generation gap between you and those around you...

Thanks for the post

The age thing doesn't bother me really, I currently work with a group of guys where I am more senior. Just wanted to know what the people think, the people who have been there, seen it and done it... I really appreciate all the comments. I have been giving this serious consideration for so long now. The heart says 'yes' but the head says 'Errrrmmmm'.. :?
 
#17
Guys stay on topic.

First Everyone is free to give advice, if its duff then your also free to say so! Obviously if you cannot back it up we shall all see that.

However this does not mean you grind axes and start flaming, take that to the NAFFI.

Remember this forum is aimed at those in the (or interested in) recruitment and phase 1 process, they will chat and support each other, this does not mean they need stomping all over becuase they have not yet done 20 years in the Army.

Thread unlocked, lets keep it that way.
 
#18
Why don't you pick a corp so that you are able to get some good qualifications, I mean no disrespect but the Infantry should be for young blokes who once they reach your age are at roughly Corporal/Seargant. Also I believe that Infantry promotion is going to be on your ability to put into practice and teach what you have learned, and also requires you to have a vast amount of deployment knowledge which will take you 10 years at least if your up to it to reach Seargant. On the other hand your maturity will put you in good stead for promotion. Although if you don't have any dependants then go for what your heart says, but if you do have dependants then go with a well thought out option which if you were to leave would transfer and keep food on the table and clothes on their back. Although at 30 I would be a little bit more concerned with having such decisive thoughts for a career that under no uncertain terms you will have to be 100% dedicated to in order to reap any monetary benefits which will enable children you may have or are going to have to lead a good life which may include a £9000 tuition bill to university. At my age (21) it isn't about the money, but once I reach your age I am 100% sure it will be. Also if it is for the hardship of training that you are joining infantry then choose a corp and go Para/Commando. Although please make sure this isn't an early midlife crisis, because the last thing you want is to get out to Afghanistan and think "I could've just brought a ******* motorbike!!!".
 
#19
I like the delicate touch about the early midlife crisis and the motorbike, I'll have to re-asses whether I want to join the Infantry now :lol:
 
#20
Got to look at these things I mean he doesn't want to go making rash decisions based on what we say I mean he has to make this decision for himself and make sure it is a well thought out decision and not just a phase that could be dealt with by visiting the local doc, "lay on my couch, and please.........tell me.....how do you feel at this time in your life?"
 

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