hi guys.

I’m looking to join the infantry, hopefully pass assessment in Jan.
I’m a bit older than your average recruit joining at 31 looking for some general advice as i know its a young man’s game. Getting my fitness ready, got my run time to 9.mins for the test.

Also looking at regiments in the infantry, i want to specialise in light infantry unarmed combat and reconnaissance it looks like The Duke of Lancaster's Regiments my best bet any opinion on the regiments?
Appreciate any advice you think might help.

cheers guys,
 
Unfortunately I can't offer you any advice about regiments, but if you are fit then I doubt if your age will be an issue. You could test the water and join the TA.

Good luck with whatever unit you choose, and I hope it leads to a good career for you.
 
My daughter has just joined at 30, my only advice is she found it hard to keep up with the 18-20 year olds, but your run time is good so shouldn’t be a concern. The other thing is you will be scrutinised for leadership qualities and will be expected to take greater responsibility due to your age. Apart from that, good luck and make sure you prepare as much as you can, there’s no such thing as over-training!
 
Work on your on your run times === you should be easily banging out 5.30min to 6.00min miles.

Infantry you carry weight, no getting around it a rifle and our fighting order and combat clothing is not light when it is wet either. === Get your self a rucksack and start walking with weight. Start with 7Kgs to 10KGs and throw an extra couple or three Kgs a week in there till you are at around 15 Kgs. If you have boots wear boots and a jacket when you are walking. If you have or can find a piece of wood that weighs around 6Kgs - 7Kgs carry that too as it simulates the weight of carrying a rifle.

Work on core strength with situps and similar - I used to train with the bloke who held the Guinness world record for inclined situps (twice). Though you would not think so nowadays, but he used to have me banging out 600 situps 6 nights a week. I learnt that if I was going to do a run or speed march and banged out 200 - 300 sit ups it tightened everything up nicely and stopped stitches and other dodgy mid-section pains, and of course you build a 6 pack.

Make sure you have some good trainer type insoles for your boots so that impact is absorbed - you can't kid yourself, you and your knee's are getting older.

Good luck. 30 is not a problem, they do Reserve SAS selection up to 35.
 
hi guys.

I’m looking to join the infantry, hopefully pass assessment in Jan.
I’m a bit older than your average recruit joining at 31 looking for some general advice as i know its a young man’s game. Getting my fitness ready, got my run time to 9.mins for the test.

Also looking at regiments in the infantry, i want to specialise in light infantry unarmed combat and reconnaissance it looks like The Duke of Lancaster's Regiments my best bet any opinion on the regiments?
Appreciate any advice you think might help.

cheers guys,
Out of interest, why the infantry?
 
Thanks for the reply. I've only made the decision about 6 weeks ago and only began training myself about four. I'm pleased with my progress but by no means am I under any illusion of keeping up with the whipper snappers at first! I will keep it up and hopefully can follow her footsteps! I'm hoping for responsibility at my age I would hope I wouldn't stay private for too long.
My daughter has just joined at 30, my only advice is she found it hard to keep up with the 18-20 year olds, but your run time is good so shouldn’t be a concern. The other thing is you will be scrutinised for leadership qualities and will be expected to take greater responsibility due to your age. Apart from that, good luck and make sure you prepare as much as you can, there’s no such thing as over-training!
 
 

windswept398

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I am in my thirties and I don't think I could handle it mentally any more. Physically, yes, screamed at, yes, but getting told when I can piss or eat, not so much.

Good luck.
 
Thanks for the reply. I've only made the decision about 6 weeks ago and only began training myself about four. I'm pleased with my progress but by no means am I under any illusion of keeping up with the whipper snappers at first! I will keep it up and hopefully can follow her footsteps! I'm hoping for responsibility at my age I would hope I wouldn't stay private for too long.
Your decision and good luck. Really hope you get in. But at your age I'd be considering one of the RAC light cavalry units, especially seeing you'd like to do Recce.
Royal Lancers or Light Dragoons would be right up your street I'd think.
 
Your decision and good luck. Really hope you get in. But at your age I'd be considering one of the RAC light cavalry units, especially seeing you'd like to do Recce.
Royal Lancers or Light Dragoons would be right up your street I'd think.
Aren't Royal Lancers Armoured Cavalry? Light Cavalry are LD, QDG and Scots DG.
 

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