Taken the plunge!

#1
Hi everyone,

I've been perusing these forums for awhile now, getting little tidbits of info about joining up and the like. Well I just thought I'd finally put my tuppence in and let you know that I've had my little career chat with my local ca and I'm off to do my barb test on fri 11th!
I'm looking to join as a light gunner but waiting to see the results of my barb first to see what other jobs it throws up. Hopefully all goes well (bit nervous) and I get to the next stage. (The dreaded medical form I believe lol)

Cheers guys
 
#3
Cheers viper,

I'm pretty excited about it to be honest!
Can't wait to get in (fingers crossed all goes well), wanted to do this for years!
 
#5
Good luck fella! Make sure you chase the recruiting office up like a foxhound on the scent after posting your med forms, as I posted mine in md February, and I have my interview booked on Friday, which is a hell of a long time.

Edited for mong grammar and spelling.
 
#6
Cor wish I was 25 again. I'm 28, I know I've left it quite late but really determined to do it, so hopefully I can keep up with the young-uns lol!
 
#7
Cheers duckiciao, will do. Usually I'm crap at stuff like that but since I started the process of joining I've really disciplined myself to get on and do things as soon as. Wan't to get in soon as.
 
#8
Don't worry fellas. I'm an old fogey joining as well. Just grin and bear it. :D

I'm off on the 21st this month, can't wait. Just a bit over a week to go. :D
 
#10
oldies? what you lot talking about! your only in your 20's for christ sake! I'm 29 btw and run rings around the so-called young'uns, most of em are heavy smokers and drinkers and can't run for shite so it's up to us 'oldies' to join as the 'young'uns' are too busy getting pregnant and getting pissed-up.

Anyway, good luck!
 
#13
Im another oldy, im 29 and have been defered untill aug which will be a few weeks from my 30th, so i guess i could be the dad of the group.lol :D
 
#14
Im another oldy, im 29 and have been defered untill aug which will be a few weeks from my 30th, so i guess i could be the dad of the group.lol :D
 
#15
I dread the nickname "gramps". :x

The CA told me us older blokes quite often have much better endurance than the younger ones. When I asked how exactly that worked he said something about older blokes being better at finding a pace and sticking to it.

I still have my doubts. :?
 
#16
UberSoldat said:
oldies? what you lot talking about! your only in your 20's for christ sake! I'm 29 btw and run rings around the so-called young'uns, most of em are heavy smokers and drinkers and can't run for shite so it's up to us 'oldies' to join as the 'young'uns' are too busy getting pregnant and getting pissed-up.

Anyway, good luck!
Bloody 'ell, what regiment you in?

soldier.a said:
I dread the nickname "gramps". :x
My brother was called 'gramps' when he went to junior Brecon at the age of 30 (he was a Sgt RLC transferring to the Irish Guards).
 
#17
I will be honest, I initially had my doubts about joining as I thought I may be 'too old' to have a chance at a proper career, but I've been going through the application process since Feb/March 07 and starting my phase 1 in May.

My fitness has greatly improved over the year, so I still have many more years left in the tank, so I'm not going to waste'em, I'm gonna work my arrse off,learn what I can, take up a sport and excel, screw negative thoughts about being 'old', bring on the pain mofo's!!
 
#18
UberSoldat said:
I will be honest, I initially had my doubts about joining as I thought I may be 'too old' to have a chance at a proper career, but I've been going through the application process since Feb/March 07 and starting my phase 1 in May.

My fitness has greatly improved over the year, so I still have many more years left in the tank, so I'm not going to waste'em, I'm gonna work my arrse off,learn what I can, take up a sport and excel, screw negative thoughts about being 'old', bring on the pain mofo's!!
Good attitude, although I didn't start my application as such in Feb/March last year, in some ways I did. Had I not given up smoking last February I doubt I would find myself in the same situation as I am now (fit and healthy)
 
#19
Good luck guys! I've also been fairly disciplined with joining up... Made sure to have filled all forms in sooner rather than later, started training more (ontop of my rugby), etc. Seriously hope I get in! Can't imagine how gutted I would be if I failed selection or got deferred...
 
#20
Exactly my thoughts ubersoldat, I want to prove to myself I can do it (and also make me mum very proud aaaaawwwwww lol) She's ex RAF so she's behind me 100% which helps lol. And obviously to serve my country (lol nearly forgot that one)
 

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