What are your biggest regrets in life?

RTU'd

War Hero
Not going away with then girlfriend Rachel, her with the big breasts, when a mature student.
She was very accommodating, so instead a beer & curry night with mates, might have been saved as she now has 5 kids & is a super heavy weight. The beer was very good though.
 

jg505

War Hero
I suppose marrying my first wife (or staying married to her for so long) is one regret......but then I ended up meeting and marrying my current wife and, whilst it's such a cliche, she is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Joining up was the best decision I ever made, certainly no regrets there....... apart from possibly not going for Aircrew........if I could do it again, I'd certainly try for ALM.
 
Most regrets mostly not putting in the effort where I should have.

I did loads of qualification courses, but nothing to strenuous or demanding. I managed to breeze through courses with minimal effort and usually came in the top % of the class. That is until I went on my Pilot Flying Grading at MW.

Honestly I don't think I put the effort in I could have. When we had down days of no flying, instead of cockpit time, or getting the drills in my head, I coaxed a few guys down to Salisbury on the lash. When I got the 'thanks, but no thanks' by the Chief Flying Instructor I was gutted.

It came home to me a few years later when on a course at the School of PT at Bulford, I bumped into a a REME Cpl on the same grading as me. He was just about to go on his Lynx conversion as a Sgt, and I was still doing the same job as I did 3 yrs previously in the same rank.

I managed to **** up the Ammo Tech Selection too about 7 years prior to Grading. but that was mainly on the psychometric, which I didn't do so well on . . . 8-O

My last regret was not grabbing the cash when I left the Army and pissing off to Australia with the wife. We discussed it again a few years ago, but we were both then out the age range and kids were all settled in school etc.
 
Hanging on to the IPP and not banging out as a Capt at around the 7 year point and sodding off to Canada.

Joining the RLC

Trusting civvies.
 
Hanging on to the IPP and not banging out as a Capt at around the 7 year point and sodding off to Canada.

Joining the RLC

Trusting civvies.

Was it the images of the shiny trucks, the Ammo tech inspecting some Arty Shells or the Air Dispatch panorama's that swayed it?
 

Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
That would never have happened. You need a pen to sit the exam. Something area car drivers never seemed to possess.
Oh that’s very good, van drivers were the same I recall.
 
I did that myself, with a beautiful Three Day eventer. I hit the booze Uber heavy, nearly cost me my career and my life on a couple of occasions.
If it wasn’t for a true brother and his wife reaching out to me when I was glued to the carpet, after yet another weekend bout of violence and alcohol poisoning, I’d be a ‘someone we used to know’.
That’s more or less a mirror image of me. Total self destruction when not focussed on MST.
I suppose the regret over how stupid I was to try and keep in touch on tour when I should’ve had a break clean - being indifferent to personal safety and well-being is not conducive to survival in Afghan. Thankfully I was very lucky.
 

Mölders 1

Old-Salt
From the start......

Not living in Germany for more than 2 years,

Taking the years of my youth for granted (l cannot count how many times l wish l could relive those years knowing then what l know now),

Working far too much when l was younger instead of going to watch live sports etc,

I wish l had never started Drinking,

Wasting far too much time and effort chasing females who couldn't have given a fxxx about me,

Getting involved with my ex-partner, (lf only l had known what was going to happen......)

Not getting/keeping fit,

Not moving away from this area when l was younger,

These are but a few of my greatest regrets......
 
Not going away with then girlfriend Rachel, her with the big breasts, when a mature student.
She was very accommodating, so instead a beer & curry night with mates, might have been saved as she now has 5 kids & is a super heavy weight. The beer was very good though.

Pictures of said big breasts, it's the rules
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
  1. 5/5/73 I bottled heading south and taking a punt at an FA Cup Final ticket from a tout, little realising that nearly 50 years on, SAFC would have lost on every subsequent visit (it's currently about 9).
  2. My chosen regiment went off Chieftain just before I joined, and back just after I got fed up with toys for the boys, meaning I never fulfilled my dream of commanding a Chieftain.
 

ches

LE
Not digging deeper to understand the depression my first wife was suffering from, not helped by the fact i didn't understand my own illness at the time. We'd have stayed together & I suspect made an even better go of things than the preceding 15 years before depression got a hold of her.
Getting married a second time. Wish I hadn't done it. Love the lass to death but times when we've nearly split I've stayed cos of the agro of another divorce. I should have walked away a good few years ago.......but then I'd have come to regret that too.

On a lighter note, not pounding the fcuk out of the hot to trot 42 yr old secretary who was after it when I was 24/25 & in my first pukka job after the mob.
 
Was it the images of the shiny trucks, the Ammo tech inspecting some Arty Shells or the Air Dispatch panorama's that swayed it?
Not too far from the truth. The breadth of stuff the RLC did and I wanted to be an ATO.
 
  1. 5/5/73 I bottled heading south and taking a punt at an FA Cup Final ticket from a tout, little realising that nearly 50 years on, SAFC would have lost on every subsequent visit (it's currently about 9).
  2. My chosen regiment went off Chieftain just before I joined, and back just after I got fed up with toys for the boys, meaning I never fulfilled my dream of commanding a Chieftain.

My commiserations Alien. I still recall the 15th/19th heading off to Omagh and the 17/21st Lancers arriving at Fally. I stayed in Fally with the new regiment.
 
They are probably down by her ankles now, but if that floats you boat crack on.

I may have standards but they're very low standards...
 
Hmm, I've always been a beliver in one thing leading to another, good or bad.
I say always, but, TBH, it's since I hit my 40's and started to see how thing really work.
I think I only have a couple...

1. Saying 'Marry me'. I can still hear the Emporer laughing as I signed the divorce papers 15 years later

2. Want to get posted to Tank transporting? That sounds like a great idea, as all my peer group are section 2 i/c's and picking up their second and I'm painting trailers. As decision making goes, it wasn't my finest hour.

Still, if I hadn't been married/divorced I wouldn't be with the woman I'm with now who had the hots for me back then, but I was (in my early thirties, just after I got out) a bit fond of the drink (having kids cured that) and we are much better together now as we've both got the stupid out of our systems.

And if I hadn't gone to tank transporting I wouldn't have needed to leave the army at my 12 year point, have a sucessful career and start my own business. I'd probably be driving a truck and looking like I was 60 at 40.
So it all kind of worked out in the end.
 
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