Should I join up?

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Regular Soldier Recruitment' started by Sranz1, Mar 25, 2009.

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  1. Hi all,

    I've been considering joining up for some time now and hoping you can give me some advice which will help me finally make up my mind...

    As a quick background, I'm 31 years old, have a first class honours degree, speak another European language and have several years of experience working for a large multinational company abroad. Over the past few months I've become more and more disillusioned with my chosen path and have come to something of a crossroads in my career where I feel I can either:

    - continue down my present path
    - switch to another 'graduate career'
    - follow my heart and join up

    Due to my age, I don't believe I will be eligible to join up as an officer and I would therefore be looking at joining as a recruit. My family (and most of my friends) consider this to be a ludicrous idea and think that I will be severely limiting my future opportunities. My main concern is that if I join up and decide not to make it my career for the next 20 years, it may then be hard for me to 'justify' my decision to future potential employers. Could you please give me some advice? Do you believe the army could be viewed negatively on my CV or is all forces experience viewed positively? Have any of you had a similar experience?

    If I do decide to join, I would be doing it with the intention of staying in for a full career, however should I find that forces life isn't what I expected I don't want to jeopardise my future career.

    All advice gratefully received...
  2. Forces experience will generally look good on your CV - if anything its a conversation point during your interview!

    If you can speak another language, you're obviously intelligent why not try the Intelligence Corp? Or there are other roles that as a Soldier your qualifications can be put to good use. Not too sure on the upper age limits for an Officer, no doubt someone will set you straight soon but I think you are over it.

    (I'm not Int Corp by the way, just pushing the idea out there).
  3. I don't think joining as an OR is for you mate, depending on your degree they may let you join as an Officer at aged over 28 years.
  4. Id think it would be a plan to register your interest at an ACIO/AFCO given your age, and think it through while the ball is rolling.
  5. The army does a job trial service where you can keep your current job and train as an Officer/Soldier. If you enjoy the work trial you can then move across to the Regulars Army usually. If you don't like it then there is nothing lost and you still get to put some Military service on your CV
    LOOK HERE age up to 33
  6. Thanks for the replies.

    I have considered the TA, however as I'm currently based abroad this isn't presently an option. I don't really want to quit my job at the moment either with the way things are with the economy. It would therefore be an all or nothing decision - regulars or nothing
  7. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    All candidates must be 29 or under on commencement of officer training therefore he is ineligible for RMAS.
  8. Some one needs to mention that you can also join as an OR then ask, nag, moan, get recommended for officer training... for you sran, that could be an option, just join a capbadge you may be challenged in, if your intellect ( ? ) goes to waste you may feel you have no place in the forces and get out before your time has come. look at the army site for jobs that suit your age / quals. you will find there are some very technical roles for the right people...
  9. If the Army won`t have you as an Officer because of your age then thats their loss, try the RAF (waits for incoming) they seem to realise that there are a lot of folk out there who are considering a career later in life in the Armed Forces. Have a look here, plenty of options
  10. He is still not too old to an Officer with the RAF Regiment
  11. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    You still need to be under 29 years of age otherwise it's the LE route.
  12. cheers forastero, I have genuinely learn't something from this site ;)

    Sran, if you do decide to join, make sure you get the best use of your skills and you should be a happy (but probably less than well paid) chappy
  13. Also if you have been living outside of the UK for a period of 5 years or more (in some cases only 3) then you will find that you will not be accepted for a lot of the jobs that require security clearance and if you do it can be a long drawn out affair trying to get clearance for you ;)

    You need to be enlisted into the Army before you are 32 years and 11 months too so you need to decide what you want to do ;) :D

    Also a full career for you would only allow you to serve to 55 years of age and that is if they allow you to serve that long, bear in mind that the engagement system (short/full/long) is based on performance and also needs of the service, the only thing that is guaranteed is that you can serve up to 12 years after that it is by applying and recommendation, even more so with older applicants ;)
  14. should you join the army?

    you only you can answer that question
  15. Note 3 on this link.

    3. Higher age limits for those joining as professionally qualified or specialist entrants.

    Please do not correct me again, I did say depending on your degree, I thought depending on work history would not need to be stated.