TA at 43

Hello first time on here need help.
I am 43 joining the TA well joined the TA.
but have lost my mojo to go.
Last did a weekend in may got my first weekend this weekend
Finding it hard to get my self going have been sworn in
just can't get my self going.

Grantham Rlc.
is the place I have joined
You're not the OC are you?
Then leave.

Edited to add: Sorry....a bit of a blunt answer, but it's not my job, or anyone elses on ARRSE to motivate you. You're a grown man...make your own decisions.

I don't know what you're expecting to hear???
OLDMAN43 said:
Very good no I am a old fart who wants do the Army yet again.
Perhaps you could take up crown green bowls instead? Just wear DPM :)
OLDMAN43 said:
Very good no I am a old fart who wants do the Army yet again.
You ARE the OC!
The guys at the TA Centre think you can still hack it at 43 and are actively encouraging you to attend and be part of their team. I would take that as greatly encouraging. If you didn't matter or they didn't think you could make a valid contribution they would have told you S*d off by now.

As a slightly younger old fogey myself (albeit with 5 years regular and 12 years TA service) I take my tin hat off to you for having a go and I am sure that the other folks on here feel the same and would like to know how you get on and progress.

Keep in touch and good luck.


I'm 19, I do sometimes lose motivation too but to me that's just telling me to give it a break for a bit, we're only volunteers people need to understand that. As you've only just started recruit training I would stick it a bit longer, after you have passed basic it opens up a lot more (field live firing), adventure training so much more! I'm now doing my driving lessons through the TA, if you are positive your not interested anymore, kit in.
Get used to the waiting around
Thats just the ARMY, reg or TA.
Hats off to you, i went back at 37 and it damn near killed me
but i'm just a slacker
Stick with it... the more effort you put into the TA the more you will get out of it. I have been in 7 years and i have loved it, you will make some excellent mates and do things you would never normally do.
The positive side of me would say stick with it, there is a whole lot of waiting around at the start but it is definitely worth it all once you are in.

The negative part of me thinks that if you are losing your mojo and motivation at this stage of the game, perhaps it isn't for you?
To be fair, I'd be nigh on suicidal if I'd joined the trogs at Grantham.
I assume your first weekend was selection at a ATR.

This weekend is yor first weekend of six (1A & 1B).

I've watched a lot of people drop out during my training this year, including CMS(R), for various reasons.

I turned 45 just after completing CMS(R) and wondered what the hell am I doing here, most weekends!!! Think why did you join the TA originally. If that reason isn't strong enough to motivate you then you are not fully committed, you may aswell give up now rather than waste yours & the Armys time.

But if you can rekindle that reason for joining, get your head down and go for it.
Damn I didnt realise folk still joined so late in life, and here was me thinkin I was all washed up.
37 and been out of the regular army for years but after my devorce I realised I wanted back in,
but been stuck in limbo about what where how when since, so I think I may crack on and do some.
With the world being the way it is and the armys short fall hopefully I could help out somehow,
after all i'm sick of seeing teenagers wiped out in stan before they are even old enough to vote.
Its gotta be a good enough reason to dig out my old holdall.
just would hate to be turned down and feel like a right nobber.

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