Seriously considering joining up.

#1
Hi

I'll try to keep this short and sweet, last year I wanted to join up so badly. I was training everynight and reading up as much info as I could, a lot of it off this site actually. So my heart was set on joining the paras but and I know this may sound like a bad excuse. My grandfather passed away and i've had a lot on my case with the current economic climate, then my family, who was full of nothing but support for the idea, suddenly didn't want me to go. Im now working as a security guard and I just feel miserable, everytime I see anything remotely to do with the military I feel as though im missing out.

I don't know how to break it to them but Im going to go down the AFCO this week. Im just scared because I don't want people thinking im doing it selfishly, if you know what I mean. Im 19 by the way. Does it sound like my hearts into it?
 
#3
Mucker, do it. You'll never look back (unless you regret it) :)

A grand spending money a month with your food and accommodation already paid for! And you get to shoot at naughty muslims as well. Better than civvy street!
 
#4
With regards to your family dont 'break it to them' just go in and do it. If you really want to join, take the bull by the horns and walk into the AFCO tomorrow, otherwise you will languish in a shiitty job for the rest of your days just wondering 'what if?' You can tell your family once you have got some proper advice form the staff in the AFCO and then you can make a balanced judgement as to whether you really want to join.
 
#5
There are a few other threads with the same title if you use the search function.

So you feel as though you are missing out and you say: "I don't know how to break it to them."

Solution:

Sign up - Don't tell the family; Simples!
 
#6
Go for it mate.
Sounds like you really want it. Its your life and your decision. I am finally reapplying after having doubts wheather to or not but now I have it feels really good. :D
 
#7
Go and do it. You'll regret it if you don't.

Why did your family change their mind? If it's based on misconceptions, you'll be able to put them straight as you go on. If it's an emotional reaction, then it's unlikely to be amenable to info/argument, but your approach (and one hopes enthusiasm) will gradually carry the day. They'll come round, and in the long run you need to be true to yourself.
 
#9
Wannabetom said:
Hi

I'll try to keep this short and sweet, last year I wanted to join up so badly. I was training everynight and reading up as much info as I could, a lot of it off this site actually. So my heart was set on joining the paras but and I know this may sound like a bad excuse. My grandfather passed away and i've had a lot on my case with the current economic climate, then my family, who was full of nothing but support for the idea, suddenly didn't want me to go. Im now working as a security guard and I just feel miserable, everytime I see anything remotely to do with the military I feel as though im missing out.

I don't know how to break it to them but Im going to go down the AFCO this week. Im just scared because I don't want people thinking im doing it selfishly, if you know what I mean. Im 19 by the way. Does it sound like my hearts into it?
Like Nike says, "Just Do It".


Get in, pass, send your family an invite to your pass-off parade.

You should probably generate a single-minded desire to pass.
 
#10
vampangua said:
Go and do it. You'll regret it if you don't.

Why did your family change their mind? If it's based on misconceptions, you'll be able to put them straight as you go on. If it's an emotional reaction, then it's unlikely to be amenable to info/argument, but your approach (and one hopes enthusiasm) will gradually carry the day. They'll come round, and in the long run you need to be true to yourself.
It's purely an emotional reaction, The mother is scared that im going to be seriously hurt or killed. Me having the news on everyday when Panthers Claw was going down probably didn't help like. I honestly don't care about my own personal safety anymore I just want to do it. I just want to **** everything off and go right now. I just wish they'd have a little faith in me and what I want to do.
 
#12
Go for it now mate, wish i did when i was 19.
 
#13
Fallschirmjager said:
Security guard or Paratrooper?

Mucker get down to the ACIO.
Im working in security now and believe me I dont want to do this for the rest of my life.

I want to be a lean, mean, ear necklace making machine. :salut:

**** it im going down there tomorrow and im not saying nothing until I get date.
 
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#15
CC_TA said:
There are a few other threads with the same title if you use the search function.

So you feel as though you are missing out and you say: "I don't know how to break it to them."

Solution:

Sign up - Don't tell the family; Simples!
That's exactly what I did, the first my family knew I had joined was an invitation to my passing out parade. (I'd been working away from home in Winchester at the time I enlisted, it helped the deception a bit)
 
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future_para92

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#16
good luck mate, and seriously though your 19, you cant let your parents rule your life anymore or you'll never do anything, if they really care, then they'll be happy that you are happy
 
#17
i did it without my family knowing just go and get on with it mate i go on 3rd of jan and cant wait i think you will regret it if you dont after all you said yourself you are miserable!
 
#18
jamiekelly1989 said:
i did it without my family knowing just go and get on with it mate i go on 3rd of jan and cant wait i think you will regret it if you dont after all you said yourself you are miserable!
exactly, if you're miserable, don't stay miserable just to please your family, thats just retarded. if you want to join then join, tell em or dont tell em, doesn't matter either way because your legally an adult now an can do what you want. the very least your family can do is respect your decision.
 
#19
Don't do it mate - stay as a security guard - it's a dammed sight safer!

In the Army you spend all day peeling potatoes, painting stones white and getting shot by the Taliban. Then there is the bullying and beastings - you must read about these things in the press.

Seriously, it's a great life of travel, action and adventure - most of the time.
 
#20
Wannabetom said:
I wanted to join up so badly. I was training everynight and reading up as much info as I could, a lot of it off this site actually. So my heart was set on joining the paras but and I know this may sound like a bad excuse. My grandfather passed away and i've had a lot on my case with the current economic climate, then my family, who was full of nothing but support for the idea, suddenly didn't want me to go. Im now working as a security guard and I just feel miserable, everytime I see anything remotely to do with the military I feel as though im missing out.

I don't know how to break it to them but Im going to go down the AFCO this week. Im just scared because I don't want people thinking im doing it selfishly, if you know what I mean. Im 19 by the way. Does it sound like my hearts into it?
http://www.army.mod.uk/specialforces/16577.aspx

Just fill in that form there, and see what happens 8)
 

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