Why Did You Join?

#1
Maybe it's a bit of a personal question and you should be aware of persec if you answer, but why did you join?

I grew up in rural England, stable family background, but no great military history in either of my parent's lineage. Maybe it was the old boy next door who I talked to when I was very young. He had to smoke his pipe outdoors and he had a gammy leg which he said some bloke called Johnny Turk had give him in a fight at Gallipoli. I read war comics and all the good stuff about Robin Hood, King Arthur and Nelson. F*ck, I was proud to be British and everybody stood for the national anthem. I grew out of it a bit as a teenager, but having started work in retail sales, I quickly realized it wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was too old then to join the JLR, so I had to wait until the day after my 17th birthday to attest. I went to the Recruit Selection Centre at Sutton Coldfield and at the end of the 3 days, I was more confused than ever. I just wanted to be a hero and serve my Queen and country. I never considered a trade or a career, or a particular regiment, or the money or a pension, or anything like that. Maybe that's not enough to get in nowadays. I just loved being challenged and right throughout I harboured an unfailing faith that I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. I was always particularly proud of my army family though, I still am. Perhaps I was just mentally challenged! Perhaps you need to be a bit daft to join up voluntarily. What about you? What's your story?
 
#2
To get to "do" things with guns, to emulate soldiers I had read about in books, to shoot guns and, and this was the clincher..... they'd actually pay me to do this as well. I'd have done it for free.

Proud to have taken the Kings Shilling.

Father in the RAF, Grandfathers in the RNAS & RN and other relatives in the Army, RN and RAF.
 
#3
The ship yard in my home town where everyone who wanted a trade went was going belly up
My brother was on holiday at her Majesty's hotel in Durham (only YO)
And I knew if I didnt get out of the one horse town i'm from i'd be in there with him.
Non of my family had served but I think my mum was just glad i'd got a job (and still have)
 
#4
Bored with civvy life, fully qualified mechanic and no real challenges.
Looked around at what could add a little more exitement to my life and also offered a decent(ish) pension.
Saw the advert with big tanks and thought "I'm having some of that".
Went through process and was coerced into joining REME, ten years of fun and hard graft.
 

B_AND_T

MIA
Book Reviewer
#5
May sound daft and childish, but I remember watching the footage of the 2 R Sigs guys at that IRA funeral. Pure and simple I wanted revenge.
 
#6
B_AND_T said:
May sound daft and childish, but I remember watching the footage of the 2 R Sigs guys at that IRA funeral. Pure and simple I wanted revenge.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
 
#7
Was in cadets,seemed good fun.Father bought home some ex squaddie to try and talk me out of it.Trouble was,the more he talked about it,the more I wanted to join.Joined AAJLR when I was 16.
 

B_AND_T

MIA
Book Reviewer
#8
FiveAlpha said:
B_AND_T said:
May sound daft and childish, but I remember watching the footage of the 2 R Sigs guys at that IRA funeral. Pure and simple I wanted revenge.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Can't remember King Arthur wielding a Banner Biro instead of Excalibur, but I think I know where your coming from.
 
#9
I was rejected by the Salvation Army and the RAF was the next best thing.
 
#12
B_AND_T said:
May sound daft and childish, but I remember watching the footage of the 2 R Sigs guys at that IRA funeral. Pure and simple I wanted revenge.
It came in a different spot, at Drumnakilly that August. Here's to those fine gentlemen who were involved :salut:
 
#13
I joined for all the breakfast cereal multipacks, sachets of sugar / salt / pepper, jars of marmalade / jam / Lipton T-bags (gash) and HP sauce that's so easy to "aquire" from warship dining halls!!

Free bog roll as well :D
 
#16
I wanted to be paid to sit around playing with myself.

It was hard to make a livelihood in the amateur game.
 
#17
Just wanted to be a Soldier. Wasn't quite sure what to expect but I sure as hell started finding out on the 11th May 1971.
 
#18
I was in the ACF in the 80's (Queen's Regt badged). Joined up because I didn't want to end up commuting into London every weekday morning like all the people who I saw trudging into our local railway station in Kent when I was on my way to school.
 
#20
Cos Frank said....
 
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