Joining the TA at 40

#1
Looking for peoples experiences when joining the TA at 40 as im looking to do. Im ex reg been out 10years having served 8 but fancy getting back to the crack mainly cause im a bit older and wiser now to appriciate life in green.
What experience do you have joining at 40 maybe its no different at 40 than it is 20.
Points of view if there are any.
Cheers.

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#2
You can be in the TA until 55, or a little older if doing certain jobs. My old unit still has a full screw storeman at 62! So, what type of unit do you want to join? Infantry, Signals, REME etc? In my experience, we've had a couple of guys over the age of 40 that have joined (ex regs) and are still enjoying it, I think mostly to get away from their wives at weekends!
 
#3
My personal opinion: these days it doesn't matter.

I know a lot of very unfit 18 year olds and a lot of very fit 40 year olds. In the 60s and 70s, teenagers were damn fit, played sport etc, and 40+ men were over the hill. These days some of the teenagers are fat slobs born with a pie in one hand and a PS2 in the other. Sport to them is watching widescreen on the couch.

Not all teenagers are like that, but obesity and plain idleness is far more prevalent these days than when I was a school in the 60s.

And many 40 year old men these days are fit and active.

And not every 40 year old is like that. But many are.

And on top of that, by the time a man hits 40 he has reached a level of mental robustness. I have seen 20 somethings throw a big pack on the road and say they want to go home because their feet hurt, and I have seen 50-60 year old men grit teeth, pick up the kids pack and march on.

It wont be easy, but I don't think it will feel any harder than for the 20 year old kid in he next bunk.
 
#4
Lol fair one. It would be RLC for me as thats my local unit coupled with that fact that im a chef...aparrently : ;-)

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Lol fair one. It would be RLC for me as thats my local unit coupled with that fact that im a chef...aparrently : ;-)

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If its the Scottish Transport Regiment, then you'll be the youngest there!!
 
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Im ex reg been out 10years having served 8 but fancy getting back to the crack mainly cause im a bit older and wiser now to appriciate life in green.(iOS or Android)
What you mean to say is, we started fighting wars so you fecked off sharpish, now there are no wars on, you fancy the Queen's shilling again?
 
#8
Is that what I ment to say well thanks for pointing that out.....hero. we've been in conflicts for years falklands, NI, FRY im sure the vets and families who have lost loved ones in these theatres would disagree with you. You norrow minded uneducated cock.

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Is that what I ment to say well thanks for pointing that out.....hero. we've been in conflicts for years falklands, NI, FRY im sure the vets and families who have lost loved ones in these theatres would disagree with you. You norrow minded uneducated cock.

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You seem to have forgotten what banter is, if you ever even served. Guess what, if you are successful in joining and you think the above comment is bad, wait till you deploy anywhere with a regular unit and tell them your story. You'll have to go and cry on the Padre's lap, like the civvie muppet that you are.
 
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You seem to have forgotten what banter is, if you ever even served. Guess what, if you are successful in joining and you think the above comment is bad, wait till you deploy anywhere with a regular unit and tell them your story. You'll have to go and cry on the Padre's lap, like the civvie muppet that you are.
Stn been in longer naafi ques than youve prob served yes but I guess I takes a real solider like yourself to sit on a forum and slate people. I ask a simple q you werent making banter you were rude a personal. Your prob bullied in your regt so come on here giving it the big licks to feel better about your own insecurities. ******* crow.

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#16
Stn been in longer naafi ques than youve prob served yes but I guess I takes a real solider like yourself to sit on a forum and slate people. I ask a simple q you werent making banter you were rude a personal. Your prob bullied in your regt so come on here giving it the big licks to feel better about your own insecurities. ******* crow.

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Wash your hands and feet, utilise some mouthwash then masturbate me using all three.

Thanks.
 
#17
I was 46 when I passed Phase One basic in the RAF Regiment. And I was as shit as most of the others who were more than half my age.
 
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Stn been in longer naafi ques than youve prob served yes but I guess I takes a real solider like yourself to sit on a forum and slate people. I ask a simple q you werent making banter you were rude a personal. Your prob bullied in your regt so come on here giving it the big licks to feel better about your own insecurities. ******* crow.

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Hahaha, get back in the kitchen, bitch.
 
#19
******* just go for it. You'll either love it or hate it (having to listen to kids half of your age sigh) although these days, by the time that Glasgow/Capita get your paperwork sorted out you'll be closer to 50.
But good luck anyway.


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#20
was just reading the thread, new on the forum, so hello to you all, i applied at 38, not quite 40 i know, i have never served in the regulars but had to kickstart myself into getting a bit of fitness about me again as i had become a couch spud but i did adsc and was oldest by 16 years, some of the younger ones found it hard enough going on that, will be starting phase 1 in september and am looking forward to it, it will, im sure be torture, but i think if you mentally prepare yourself for an absolute ******* then it couldnt be any worse when they dish out their abuse to get you into shape,
as said above i watched some of the younger ones leaning against walls giving it the old i'll walk through this shit its for pussies gag, when it came to it, 4 out of the 9 younger ones flaked out at adsc, mental fitness is in my oppinion as much needed as physical fitness, so if the mental attitude is right then go and apply, you only have to your 43 to apply so the sooner the better especially if you are intending to spend the years at it, might as well get in as many as you can.
 

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