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    What is everyones opinions on a career in the armed forces, I have wanted to join a good few years ago, but parents etc persuaded me to go to uni anyways I have a degree now and a post grad and still have this urge to join.

    With the current recession i'm currently jobless (although this is only a small reason i would like to join) and don't really see my degrees leading to anything (a degree in Politics and a post grad in Muslims and the relationship with the West) , so should i go with my gut feeling get a good career and see some of the world
    although i'm abit older in my 20's (somewhere between 25-30 ) I have never really been interested in having kids etc so feel it could be suited to me

    I am not the most confident person so think it could help even with this. Even thought about joining the reserves.

    I don't really want the kinda of opinions regarding illegal wars and you could get killed etc, as its all been said before.



    If anyone has served in the military or has any good advice it would be appreciated

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    What do you want to know? Have you thought of a specific trade?

    Always remember, the forces is not a career, its a way of life.

    The army will cover many careers, sounds like you'd be an ideal candidate for Army Chaplain :-D

    But, why not join the Territorial Army so you can see first if you'd like it or not?

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    Lulu'sMammy;7142184

    What do you want to know? Have you thought of a specific trade?Always … What do you want to know? Have you thought of a specific trade?Always remember, the forces is not a career, its a way of life.



    sorry should have said it is RAF i'm interested in (no brylcream boys jokes)
    had a few trades in mind but would like to discuss it further with AFCO also not really interested in officer at present but would the RAF think I was not aiming high enough joining lower ranks??

    just looking to find out if people think its a good choice of career?

    shedboy66;7142274

    sorry should have said it is RAF i'm interested in (no brylcream boys … sorry should have said it is RAF i'm interested in (no brylcream boys jokes)had a few trades in mind but would like to discuss it further with AFCO also not really interested in officer at present but would the RAF think I was not aiming high enough joining lower ranks?? just looking to find out if people think its a good choice of career?


    It's a brilliant choice of career, if your hearts in it. It's not easy, infact far from it.
    If your not willing to put in 100% in the early days and for most of your serving years afterwards, then forget it.
    AFCO is a good place to start, but i should be able to answer most (army) questions you have. Drop me a PM if you need any help

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    Lulu'sMammy;7142321

    It's a brilliant choice of career, if your hearts in it. It's not easy, … It's a brilliant choice of career, if your hearts in it. It's not easy, infact far from it. If your not willing to put in 100% in the early days and for most of your serving years afterwards, then forget it. AFCO is a good place to start, but i should be able to answer most (army) questions you have. Drop me a PM if you need any help



    thanks for that mate defo would be putting 100% into it, think thats the problem with me at the mo i want to make sure at this stage that the choice i make is right and gonna pretty much set me up for a long time.

    shedboy66;7142366

    thanks for that mate defo would be putting 100% into it, think thats the … thanks for that mate defo would be putting 100% into it, think thats the problem with me at the mo i want to make sure at this stage that the choice i make is right and gonna pretty much set me up for a long time.


    You've also got to think of the future, not only will your life be ruled by your employer, but also the lives of your family too!! As in planning things, areas you live in, etc etc.
    Still, the moneys a guaranteed income, the potential is non stop, and your pals at work are more family than mates. Not many, if any other work place professions can say this

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    Lulu'sMammy;7142406

    You've also got to think of the future, not only will your life be ruled … You've also got to think of the future, not only will your life be ruled by your employer, but also the lives of your family too!! As in planning things, areas you live in, etc etc.Still, the moneys a guaranteed income, the potential is non stop, and your pals at work are more family than mates. Not many, if any other work place professions can say this



    you've answered another question for me the possibility of career progression even if i start lower ranks :thumbsup:

    my advice would be to go and talk it over with your local raf careers office if you have one, see what options are available to you, they are probably best placed to advise and answer any questions you may have.

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    juiceblaster;7142624

    my advice would be to go and talk it over with your local raf careers … my advice would be to go and talk it over with your local raf careers office if you have one, see what options are available to you, they are probably best placed to advise and answer any questions you may have.



    yeah think that really has to be the next stage thanks for the advice

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    Be warned - your employer may well lie to you and risk your life based on it.

    Seriously though, there are moral issues that you'd have to be comfortable with.

    Banned

    Try it. You have nothing to loose. Looks really fun aswell seeing all the places you get to go to and activiteies ect :thumbsup:

    hi I was in the RAF for 15 years and was able to travel all over the world had some amazing experiences met ppl from all over the world.Good luck pm me if theres anything you would like to know

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    thanks very much for all the help much appreciated

    I work in the MoD and its a brill career choice. Lots of avenues open up for you and they really want you to train to progress.

    I'm surprised you didn't join the OTC while you were doing your degree, or the RAFVR or Auxiliaries since? (Think they've merged now, anyway ...)

    Can't give advice as I've never served, though I've worked with those who have. I'm not cut out for it, but it's a fabulous career for those who are.

    Look for a trade that will be useful when your a civvy again, I joined the Infantry as a daft 16 year old and by the time I was 21 clicked that the skills I had learned in the infantry would be useless in civilian life. I transferred to the royal signals and done a further 5 year I now work as an engineer for BT. I've been out 5 years but have really missed it as of late. Joined the royal marines reserve to get some of it back. You'll never make friends in civvy street like you do in the army.
    *Awaits a comment from the cow* (not you llm)
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