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    Jul 31, 2013 8:49 AM GMT
    Joining the military at 35 the drawl duel retirement your opinionicon_evil.gif here???
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    Jul 31, 2013 8:55 AM GMT
    Anyone with actual military experience here would be nice to hear
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    Jul 31, 2013 9:06 AM GMT
    rendon saidJoining the military at 35 the drawl duel retirement your opinionicon_evil.gif here???


    Why do you decided to join the army so late?
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    Jul 31, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    I actually went back into the Army at 35, I had been in the military before, had a decent job. But after you have been in the military there is a camaraderie that is formed and when you leave you miss it.

    Basic training I will tell you was not easy, it usually is never easy, for the Army it was 13 weeks the first 2 are killers after that its pretty much routine.

    Now that I am older and a Sergeant I am glad that I did. I have about another 6 years to go and I can retire.

    That isn't bad. Full medical and dental for life that alone is worth it. hell look at the cost of both of those today.

    There is a lot the military offers these days but now that Iraq is over and Afghanistan is winding down, they are going to become very selective of who they take. so if you can get in now, go for it. as tomorrow might be a little harder.
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    Jul 31, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    Joined myself. Guard. Basic in November. Go for it guys.
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    Jul 31, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    Investigate carefully. You have to be in for 20 years to get full retirement benefits, and Congress keeps making noises about changing the retirement system - maybe giving more benefits to guys who retire earlier - maybe not.

    Consider specialties that will allow you to stay in for the full time. In peacetime (if we ever have peacetime again) there are RIFS, where guys are forced out (more a problem for officers, however.)

    If you got into special forces, you probably physically could not make it for 20 years without getting into another command. I have a nephew who recently retired after 20 years in the special forces. He had to spend the entire last year of service medically documenting all his injuries and disabilities.
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    Jul 31, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    here in the united kingdom if you join the army later on in your life and wish to remain within the army longer so as to get the pension you can transfer to the territorial army (national guard) at retirement age.
  • madsexy

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    Jul 31, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    To the OP: email BillandChuck who are members here. I know them and their kids and they're both retired military and great guys. I also know they, unlike some others here, are reticent about discussion of the military lest some of the "less savory" (their words - my attitude is the less savory the better icon_razz.gif ) factions post and it, by association, demeans the appropriate respect they feel the military men deserve.
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    Jul 31, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    It's doable. You just have to be more careful. The older you get, the easier it is for you to get it injured during basic.
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    Jul 31, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    mcsolutions saidhere in the united kingdom if you join the army later on in your life and wish to remain within the army longer so as to get the pension you can transfer to the territorial army (national guard) at retirement age.


    You can do the same thing in the U.S.A., too. Although I'm not quite sure if you can transfer from the regular Army into the Reserves or National Guard, or if you have to do a whole new enlistment in them.

    I was in the regular Army for 3 years, I got out at the end of my enlistment in 1977. Then, after being out for almost a year, I enlisted in the National Guard. Since I was out at the time, it had to be a new enlistment (rather than a transfer), but because I'd only been out for a short time, I didn't have to repeat Basic Training or AIT.

    Just out of curiousity, in the U.K. the National Guard is the territorial army, which I imagine is a sort of local militia (same as in the U.S.A.). Does the U.K. also have Reserves ?
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    Jul 31, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    Yes we have a new type of reserves being set up
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    Jul 31, 2013 8:48 PM GMT
    carew28 said
    mcsolutions saidhere in the united kingdom if you join the army later on in your life and wish to remain within the army longer so as to get the pension you can transfer to the territorial army (national guard) at retirement age.


    You can do the same thing in the U.S.A., too. Although I'm not quite sure if you can transfer from the regular Army into the Reserves or National Guard, or if you have to do a whole new enlistment in them.

    I was in the regular Army for 3 years, I got out at the end of my enlistment in 1977. Then, after being out for almost a year, I enlisted in the National Guard. Since I was out at the time, it had to be a new enlistment (rather than a transfer), but because I'd only been out for a short time, I didn't have to repeat Basic Training or AIT.

    Just out of curiousity, in the U.K. the National Guard is the territorial army, which I imagine is a sort of local militia (same as in the U.S.A.). Does the U.K. also have Reserves ?


    its a bit of a grey area because we have what are called "reserves" which are recently left personnel and TA
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    Jul 31, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    FTTL11 saidYes we have a new type of reserves being set up



    well, sort off, all TA units are going to formed into their regular army sister regiments and made into Hybrids and have "reservist" elements (TA)
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    Jul 31, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    It happens man. Just be prepared to get the crap kicked out of you in basic. PT is no joke! But I'm sure you'll be fine.
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    Jul 31, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
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    FTTL11 saidYes we have a new type of reserves being set up



    well, sort off, all TA units are going to formed into their regular army sister regiments and made into Hybrids and have "reservist" elements (TA)


    A mess

    But

    OP : nothing wrong with older joinees
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    Aug 02, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    Men who get in at later times have both +'s and -'s in my opinion. I was with a BCT unit for a long time and saw the older recruits tended to be more mature and handle the mental game of Basic Training better, as well as get put into leadership roles, but the physical side, for some at least, was tougher. They actually tended to do better on the Pushups and Situps, maybe not as much the run, but the daily grind, the soreness, and the injury rate tended to be higher with them.

    I do think you bring a life experience that is valuable and something we something need in the green, as those who've been in uniform for the last 15 years tend to forget that there IS a civilian world out there.

    If you have any specific questions or topics, shoot me a message bro. I'm more than happy to help.