Joining up at 24

#1
Im joining the army soon at the age of 24. Just wondering what other peoples views and experiances were on this? Is it 2 old or will i meet other people in same situation?
 
#2
techitch said:
Im joining the army soon at the age of 24. Just wondering what other peoples views and experiances were on this? Is it 2 old or will i meet other people in same situation?
Depends where you are going I suspect but in the CMS(R) world (Litchfiled, Pirbright, Winchester etc) it is not unusual to get recruits through who are closer to 30 than 20. The vast majority of recruits are 17 - 19 yrs old but you will not be on your own being slightly older.

From what I can gather older recruits do find it frustrating sharing a room with teenagers etc but after a few days they get on with it and generally provide a degree of guidance for the younger recruits.

Where are you off to?
 
#3
The upper age for joining has been raised to 33 all Arms and Corps
 
#4
I went through Basics at 25

yes you'll be a bit more worldly-wise than the 17-20 year old infants, and being that bit older - you'll know when to keep your gob shut

16 years on, and I still come in on my PFT before most of them.


Dont worry about your age - just enjoy!! :plotting:
 
#9
Does everyone on this board spell Lichfield wrong? When I went there (ADSC), there were a few blokes who were 25-26, just before the maximum joining age rose. I don't know what the average age for Para training at Catterick will be, I'm not going until 25th March, I'm not 17 until the start of March you see.
 
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#10
I was 21 when I went through basic, I was called Grandad for the duration!

Worry not, you should be more mature than most of them, and if that is the case, they will respect and look up to you.

Enjoy!!
 
#11
Ah yes, Xbox360 V Commodore 64 generation!...You'll be ok mate. I joined when I was 24. It is noticeable that you have that extra little bit of life experience, and the NCO's will recognise that, yet treat you the same as the rest quite rightfully. Most of the 'younger' lads I went through with were a good bunch. Not sure if it was me, but I noticed the older recruits seemed to be fitter than the younger one's. Too much Xbox?...they don't make 'em like us anymore!
 
#12
well im jonining at 17 and will see everyone else and treat everyone else the same no matter how old they are or what ever at the end of the day there in my section and everyone needs work together
 
#15
Basic training is the same for everyone regardless of age, everyone is equally treated as scum.

The issues tend to start when you go to trade training. An example being at Blandford. The Phase 2 trainees are under fairly strict controls and older recruits tend to resent the regime.

The phrase 'but I'm 26!' is not taken into account when a curfew imposed is across all phase 2 trainees. If you can live with that for the time you are in Blandford, then you should have no problems
 
#16
What about when uve passed phase 2 an u finally join up how. Is it easy to fit in with the rest of the lads/btn? Does being young/old make a difference?
 
#17
shouldnt really have any problems really. i joined at 16 but wasnt at my fittest until about 24/25 . just make sure you are properly prepared before you start basic . there will be youger and less worldy wise blokes on the course so use a bit of nonse and help them out a bit, just try not to be sen as a smart a rse .
 
#18
i dont think its a problem at 24, i have just turned 28 and am half way through my application. have my 1st interview in 3 weeks.

Best of luck to you.

Holly
 
#19
I'm 21 now and by the time i hopefully get into Phase 1. I'll be 22 so hey who cares we just no when to shut up.
 
#20
hrlyndon said:
i dont think its a problem at 24, i have just turned 28 and am half way through my application. have my 1st interview in 3 weeks.

Best of luck to you.

Holly
I'm in that boat too. I'm 28 and have done my selection and am off to Winchester in July. At selection there was one other 28 year old and the rest were young lads 16-22. I'll turn 29 about a month into basic though :oops: Still, got to grab life by the balls and do it instead of wishing i'd done it a few years down the line.

Good luck with your app.
 

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