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.
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.
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!
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 .
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 Still, got to grab life by the balls and do it instead of wishing i'd done it a few years down the line.