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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #275 on: December 10, 2016, 07:53:00 »
Well, if I can do it at age 43, I think u can too lol. U a youngster yet!

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How do you find being a 43 year old private in the reserves?  What have you found to be some of the negative aspects of it?
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #276 on: December 10, 2016, 08:25:11 »
How do you find being a 43 year old private in the reserves?  What have you found to be some of the negative aspects of it?

She's not in, according to her past posts she's only recently applied.  Her profile claiming to be a Private in the Reserves is BS.

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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #277 on: December 10, 2016, 09:18:42 »
Her profile claiming to be a Private in the Reserves is BS.

Or, maybe it was a simple error from an applicant?
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #278 on: December 10, 2016, 09:22:45 »
Or, maybe it was a simple error from an applicant?

Suggesting someone "can do it because they have"  suggests to me that they went through the training system.
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #279 on: December 10, 2016, 09:27:40 »
"Well,  if I can do it at age 43, I think u can too lol."

Suggests to me that she thinks she can join/do well/fit in.

Wouldn't be the first time I have read Applicants confusing themselves with Recruits.

eg: There is Recruits Only forum. But, I suspect many of the posters are Applicants.

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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #280 on: December 10, 2016, 13:46:35 »
Some, at least, have been in for a while but have yet to reach that forum's posting cut-off.

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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #281 on: April 15, 2017, 02:13:29 »
Hi there,

I am just posting this to see if anyone else has been in a similar situation.  I'm 28 years old, have a college diploma and university degree.  I was a police officer in a large city for about two years.  I left the job a few months ago and will be travelling the world for about a year.  After returning, I'm thinking about joining a combat arms trade as an NCM for regular force (I was in primary reserves infantry for five years).

This is going to sound very very rude, but would I be wasting my time joining infantry or armoured after all this life experience?  I would like to go overseas but I hear there are not many opportunities at this time.  Has anyone else been in a similar situation and would like to share your experience?

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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #282 on: April 15, 2017, 03:41:05 »
I joined as an NCM in my mid-late 20's with a solid educational and professional background. Completed basic training with a group of mostly teenagers and several my age or older. Nice mix of experience among everyone. There's some social barriers between working with such a young age group but when it comes down to our job, the young unskilled ones are just as efficient as anyone else including myself.

It's interesting that you are asking after having previously been in the reserves for 5 years for the same trade. Anyway, I may understand what you're getting at when you say that you're concerned about "wasting your time". Compared to your previous job you would definitely be taking a pay cut so obviously NCM Infantry would have to be something that you really, truly want to do for work. However, if by "wasting your time" you're implying that infantry is below your skill-set that would simply be false, in my opinion. I'm not infantry or a police officer so take my advice with a grain of salt here but I feel pretty confident that policing and infantry are two totally different worlds in every aspect. So I mean, with no intended disrespect here, throw that ego out of the window and go into it with an open mind if it's truly what you want to do.

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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #283 on: April 15, 2017, 07:50:25 »
I'm thinking about joining a combat arms trade as an NCM for regular force ( I was in primary reserves infantry for five years).

I would like to go overseas but I hear there are not many opportunities at this time. 

You may find these discussions of interest,

TOURS AS NCM INF PRIVATE
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=122685.0

Possibility of deployment
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=124754.0

Can someone throw me a friggin deployment????!!! 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=103498.0

Chances of Deployment ?
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=105273.0

Deployment probabilities 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=104102.0
2 pages

Curious about deployment rates if anyone can help?
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=121073.0

Voluntary Deployment??? 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=98932.0

Wanna join, but what if I don't wanna deploy? (merged)
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,89177.0/nowap.html
4 pages

Reserves and Deployment 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=102409.0
2 pages.

Deployment Tempo 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,39949.0/nowap.html
2 pages.

Deployment length?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=110691.0

Deployment duration
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=36345.0
2 pages.

Timeframe before deployment for infantry res
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,110399.0/nowap.html

BMQ to Deployment Timeline 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=87928.0

Deployment
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=104765.0

etc...

Operations update
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http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/operations/update.page

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would I be wasting my time joining infantry or armoured after all this life experience? 

Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #284 on: April 15, 2017, 15:51:50 »
Depends on what you are trying to get out of it.

I joined when I was 27 (Infantry Officer, no previous military experience) and have had no regrets.  I'll probably never get as far as some of my younger peers in terms of rank, etc due to being older, but I didn't really join for a careerist reason.  You'll have a few advantages (ideally more mature, education is a bonus for NCM promotions, etc) but you'll also have less time to cover the same ground as your younger peers.

If you're looking for an overseas combat tour - those have always historically been random based on what the world is currently like at the time.  From when I joined til now however, there is an increasing demand for overseas tours to various locations in Europe which *seems* to be something that will continue for at least a few more years.

Only you are really going to be able to answer if it is a "waste" because you didn't really explain what would make it worthwhile.
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #285 on: April 17, 2017, 00:42:28 »
I joined as an NCM in my mid-late 20's with a solid educational and professional background. Completed basic training with a group of mostly teenagers and several my age or older. Nice mix of experience among everyone. There's some social barriers between working with such a young age group but when it comes down to our job, the young unskilled ones are just as efficient as anyone else including myself.

It's interesting that you are asking after having previously been in the reserves for 5 years for the same trade. Anyway, I may understand what you're getting at when you say that you're concerned about "wasting your time". Compared to your previous job you would definitely be taking a pay cut so obviously NCM Infantry would have to be something that you really, truly want to do for work. However, if by "wasting your time" you're implying that infantry is below your skill-set that would simply be false, in my opinion. I'm not infantry or a police officer so take my advice with a grain of salt here but I feel pretty confident that policing and infantry are two totally different worlds in every aspect. So I mean, with no intended disrespect here, throw that ego out of the window and go into it with an open mind if it's truly what you want to do.

I'm not too concerned with the pay cut and am expecting it.  The latter is what I had in mind, thinking that my skillset could be more useful elsewhere.  You're right that my ego is in the way here since I am comparing my past experience with the younger ones who will also be in the combat trade and will be performing the same duties as me.  I know that what I said makes me sound like a jerk, but I guess it's just ego.  Thank you for your insight.  I find it personally valuable  :)


@mariomike,  thank you for the links.  I will give them all a read.


Depends on what you are trying to get out of it.

I joined when I was 27 (Infantry Officer, no previous military experience) and have had no regrets.  I'll probably never get as far as some of my younger peers in terms of rank, etc due to being older, but I didn't really join for a careerist reason.  You'll have a few advantages (ideally more mature, education is a bonus for NCM promotions, etc) but you'll also have less time to cover the same ground as your younger peers.

If you're looking for an overseas combat tour - those have always historically been random based on what the world is currently like at the time.  From when I joined til now however, there is an increasing demand for overseas tours to various locations in Europe which *seems* to be something that will continue for at least a few more years.

Only you are really going to be able to answer if it is a "waste" because you didn't really explain what would make it worthwhile.

Thanks for the input! 

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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #286 on: April 17, 2017, 07:30:53 »
@mariomike,  thank you for the links.  I will give them all a read.

You are welcome. Good luck.  :)
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #287 on: April 20, 2017, 11:05:13 »
I have no police experience or a university degree.  I do however have 5 years of college under my belt and a ton of experience in other fields.  I'll be 35 by the time I head to BMQ (provided it doesnt take a year ha).
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #288 on: April 20, 2017, 12:28:16 »
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Recruting Center: Calgary
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Trade Choice 1: Infantry
Trade Choice 2: Combat Engineer
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #289 on: May 06, 2017, 23:13:46 »
Hi everyone,

I'm 35 and I've applied to the Reserves from Regular force initially. I had changed due to really enjoying my current small business that I'm running.

Anywho, I've passed the CFat and I've passed my fitness test this past week.
My recruiter at the reserve unit talked to me after the test because I applied for weapon and vehicle tech but my math back in the day doesn't calculate to the standards of today required to do the trades. My recruiter asked if I wanted to choose something else.

 I'm leaning for Mse op but I just wanted to challenge myself and go for something more exciting.
I'm looking to get a feel to see if anyone in Infantry who has completed their Infantry DP1 for reserves saw anyone around my age do well. I can get pretty fit when I need to and don't really look my age but I don't feel I would fit in. Im just unsure. I know the CF doesn't really judge officially but just wondering unofficially,  if that makes any sense.

I'd even consider an armoured soldier trade. Just looking for those who've been there and maybe seen individuals around my age.
Any info would be helpful and reassuring.

Thank you

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Recruiting Center: Hamilton
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Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: MSE OP
Trade Choice 2: Infantry Soldier
Application Date: July, 6, 2016 (Changed to Reserves April 2017)
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #290 on: May 07, 2017, 09:43:35 »
I got in at 32 as a Sig Op, then got out for a while and got back in to a different trade at 42 last year. Age has never been an issue. Fitting in or not has nothing to do with age.

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Am I too old to join?
« Reply #291 on: May 24, 2017, 19:26:27 »
I am 30 years old and trying to join air force to become a pilot.

Being a pilot have been my long time dream goal but have not had a chance after finishing my university because of a financial problem. I believe i am ready to join now and was wondering if it is too late. Does anybody have any suggestions or comments on this?

I understand that there are several different tests that I need to pass to get into pilot. When would I be expected to get paid  if I pass the tests and how long would it take for me to finish all the tests?

I appreciate any comments you guys give, please be honest as my career is pretty much depended on the decision i will make...

Thank you so much!

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Re: Am I too old to join?
« Reply #292 on: May 24, 2017, 19:36:40 »
I am 30 years old and trying to join air force to become a pilot.

See also,

The "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12744.0
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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #293 on: June 19, 2017, 09:09:08 »
Good thread here for us old folks keen on getting in. I’ve just applied to join as a DEO (Infantry) at the ripe old age of 32 after tossing the idea around for about the last 5 years. Very glad I have finally taken the plunge.

I left the regular army in 2009 (British Army), moved back to Canada, did my BA and got into finance. I’ve applied as an overseas applicant as I’m currently living in London, working for a bank and doing a Master’s degree part-time (MSc War and Humanitarianism at Birkbeck, University of London) – which I will finish this time next year.

If I am successful I imagine I’ll be 33/34 by the time I get to BMOQ. The officer world is foreign to me, but given my military experience I am fairly sure that with a good level of fitness and a positive attitude (no hangups about younger people telling you what to do, or chip on the shoulder due to operational experience), us older applicants should be fine. As an aside, the British Army is far stricter on maximum age requirements...

I get that a 36 year old platoon commander would be a rarity, but again if the fitness and attitude are on point I’m hoping it shouldn’t make that much of a difference.

As for career development etc.? I know age will be a barrier in some respects, but the reason I want back “into the fold” is the prospect of a diverse career as an officer, including potential postings to NDHQ etc. down the line.

Anyway – good luck to all of the late-in-life applicants! Keep up the fitness!

Cheers.

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Re: Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
« Reply #294 on: June 20, 2017, 10:19:34 »
As for career development etc.? I know age will be a barrier in some respects
To be honest, age is only an issue if you let it be. 
As for the chip on the shoulder thing, no matter what occupation you join many people will always have someone younger than you or with less experience than you who can give you an order of what to do. :-)