Question about age

#1
Hello lads and ladies.

I'm 27 at present and was sponsored by the Royal Engineers for officer selection. Long story short I did not make the grade.

I enjoyed my very short familiarisation visit with the engineers and I was wondering if age was an issue on joining up as a private and the promotion aspects therein. I was/am looking at the army as a career and don't want to reach mid 30's and reach the ceiling as it were.
I believe there is quite a backlog for those wanting to join up, so I'd be hitting 28 most likely by the time I could join up.

I'm going to ring a recruitment captain at the end of the week when I know what is going on regarding my report from last week.

Any help/input appreciated.
Cheers
 
#2
I'm 28 and got nothing but encouragement from everyone and got my date the otherday of the 26th sept can't wait now

Just go for it I think they need some older soldiers with all the young one joining up
 
#3
Hi jayabbo

Thanks for the feedback.
If you don't mind me asking, but how long was it from your initial interest to getting your september start date?
 
#4
Think I started the process in sept 2009 so been really quick god knows why ?? It's not like in extra fit or strong just average I think it's my ages the only thing everyone is saying they need a few more older people
 
#5
Jayabbo said:
Think I started the process in sept 2009 so been really quick god knows why ?? It's not like in extra fit or strong just average I think it's my ages the only thing everyone is saying they need a few more older people
Is a year quick these days?! Only just over a year ago it was about 3-5 months from initial application to basic training for me and a few of my mates!

Coming from someone who is slightly older (but not as old as yourself) than the average crafty around here, I would say go for it! Having read the rest of your posts you clearly want a shot at this lifestyle.

I left a secure, well paid bank job for this and to be honest I wouldn't change it for anything. I had others in my troop from basic who were late 20's and didn't suffer anything for the age difference from the average 17-19 year old, if anything it was to their advantage as they were seen as more responsible and trust worthy.

The way I saw it when I signed up was that I had looked at it for the best part of 5 years (I felt I wouldn't have been able to have handled it mentally as much when I was younger hence I put it off and grew up a bit) and that if I didn't have a shot I would seriously regret not doing it when I got to my mid 30's.

I've honestly not had a day where something hasn't made me smile or laugh even when there were bad days.

If you want to know anything else at all feel free to drop me a pm!
 
#6
matt86 said:
Jayabbo said:
Think I started the process in sept 2009 so been really quick god knows why ?? It's not like in extra fit or strong just average I think it's my ages the only thing everyone is saying they need a few more older people
Is a year quick these days?! Only just over a year ago it was about 3-5 months from initial application to basic training for me and a few of my mates!

Coming from someone who is slightly older (but not as old as yourself) than the average crafty around here, I would say go for it! Having read the rest of your posts you clearly want a shot at this lifestyle.

I left a secure, well paid bank job for this and to be honest I wouldn't change it for anything. I had others in my troop from basic who were late 20's and didn't suffer anything for the age difference from the average 17-19 year old, if anything it was to their advantage as they were seen as more responsible and trust worthy.

The way I saw it when I signed up was that I had looked at it for the best part of 5 years (I felt I wouldn't have been able to have handled it mentally as much when I was younger hence I put it off and grew up a bit) and that if I didn't have a shot I would seriously regret not doing it when I got to my mid 30's.

I've honestly not had a day where something hasn't made me smile or laugh even when there were bad days.

If you want to know anything else at all feel free to drop me a pm!
Hi Matt

Thanks for the feedback.

I will drop you a pm regarding some specific questions if that's ok but generally speaking, what are the promotion aspects like and what kind of diversification can you undertake.

I apologise for asking this because I haven't done any research regarding this route before, but you've said for you, a year or two ago the initial enquiry to starting date was 3-4 months. I believe it then gets broken down into phase 1 and phase 2, phase 2 being the trade training?
In regards to this;
-What are the options when you get into phase 2? Do you specifically go down 1 trade route or can you generalise?
-When you complete phase 2, does the group you were with go to the 4 winds?
-When you reach your final destination, what is (very generally) a normal day. I appreciate this one is very subjective because it would be different from place to place and trade to trade. The only info I have on this is from a FAM visit at Minley barracks.

My thing is also I know I will regret not going for it in a few years (ie when I AM 30).

Many thanks
 

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