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Too old?

#1
Evening Gents.

I'm thinking about joining the TA, but am not sure whether I'm now too old to 'fit in'.

I'm 28 years old and live in South East London. Fitness and attitude isn't a problem as I'm a self employed Personal Trainer.

I'm looking at either 4 Para or another local infantry platoon.

I was medically discharged at the age of 17 back in 98 during basic training, and have always felt that I have a score to settle with myself and get involved to do my bit.

My question is although I fall into the age requirements, are the TA looking at the younger generation (18-23) to join and would I be a little too old to get started?

Cheers
 
#3
Absolutely not too old. My hubbie joined 3 years ago at the age of 34 with no military background whatsoever. Partly my fault cos he'd been on about it for years and i turned to him one day and said 'for christ's sake stop talking about it and just bloody do it!!' So he joined local TA, which was RLC, changed to REME and is now getting a 'suntan' till November! No regrets for either of us but i did tell him that next time he has a mid life crisis could he please do something normal like buy a motorbike, take up drag racing, hang gliding, parachuting......................etc
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
If it helps - I'm not a fitness trainer - I'm a desk jockey somewhat going to seed. This is my LAST chance to lose the pot-belly, and the first practice I'll have getting used to being called 'grandad'.
 
#7
Angoria said:
Absolutely not too old. My hubbie joined 3 years ago at the age of 34 with no military background whatsoever. Partly my fault cos he'd been on about it for years and i turned to him one day and said 'for christ's sake stop talking about it and just bloody do it!!' So he joined local TA, which was RLC, changed to REME and is now getting a 'suntan' till November! No regrets for either of us but i did tell him that next time he has a mid life crisis could he please do something normal like buy a motorbike, take up drag racing, hang gliding, parachuting......................etc
Welcome to the site, Angoria.

If he changed from the RLC to the REEMs, he deserves all he got! :D

Litotes
 
#8
Think he only joined to fiddle with rovers. Thing is before someone else paid for all the new parts it would have been cheaper for him to call 0898 for 8 hours a day!!
 
#10
Go for it mate. Age just isn't an issue if you're fit enough and have the right attitude.
Someone I know was 44 when they joined (with no military experience might I add, is that a record...?) although they had to join AGC coz of the age thing. It's easy to transfer around once you're in, the guy in question even tried P coy with 4 para 3 years later (didnt pass but put in a respectable performance and wants to try again).
So what you waiting for?? JFDI!
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#13
billywhu said:
You're both right aint ya?!

Just completed the online form and emailed 10 Coy in sunny Croydon.

Cheers.
billywhu,

There are problems with various techie bits of the server at the moment, so your email may well get lost in space.

You would be best to call the numbers shown on the website www.4para.com or PM Hassle on here.

Duke
 
#14
I joined at 28, and hope to rejoin when I get back into the country next year (when I'll be 31). As long as you don't mind missing the pop references from your peers you'll be right.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#17
supermark500 said:
THE_DUKE that link doesn't work. Fixed for you: 4 PARA. Nice site, puts most other TA sites to shame.
Many thanks. The .com address used to link through to the .co.uk one.

I guess I need to look at the website more often!