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  • Too Old for RDF?

    OK, I know this is probably irrelevant at the moment with the recruitment freeze and all but I'd appreciate some feedback anyway- is 33 too old to consider joining the RDF?

  • #2
    With out being agist apart from anythin else I think it would be etremely difficult for anyone older than mid twenties starting out.

    Apart from the physical there is the social aspect. You would be trying to fit into 17-21 year old group with a 20-25 yera old as a superior.

    Not impossible but I do think it would be very difficult.
    Without supplies no army is brave.

    —Frederick the Great,

    Instructions to his Generals, 1747

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    • #3
      If you can handle a 21 year old corporal being in charge of you then no. We had a guy a few years back that joined when he was 34. He stuck with it for a few years before family commitments took over.

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      • #4
        Whats age got to do with it?

        They're either competent in the job or not. Simples.
        "The Question is not: how far you will take this? The Question is do you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed?"

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        • #5
          Both luchi and Infy make very valid points. The only way I have seen it work (and very sucessfully) is when about 5 or 6 mates of that age join together.
          "Fellow-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army, I have just received a communication from Commandant Pearse calling on us to surrender and you will agree with me that this is the hardest task we have been called upon to perform during this eventful week, but we came into this fight for Irish Independence in obedience to the commands of our higher officers and now in obedience to their wishes we must surrender. I know you would, like myself, prefer to be with our comrades who have already fallen in the fight - we, too, should rather die in this glorious struggle than submit to the enemy." Volunteer Captain Patrick Holahan to 58 of his men at North Brunswick Street, the last group of the Four Courts Garrison to surrender, Sunday 30 April 1916.

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          • #6
            a guy joined our neighboring unit when he was 30. he gets on grand and better than some of the others
            I knew a simple soldier boy.....
            Who grinned at life in empty joy,
            Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
            And whistled early with the lark.

            In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
            With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
            He put a bullet through his brain.
            And no one spoke of him again.

            You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
            Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
            Sneak home and pray you'll never know
            The hell where youth and laughter go.

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            • #7
              i joined when i was 31, have to admit the age gap with the others was an issue at times and the difference in our attitudes took some getting used to. Was just one reason of many i walked...

              But if you want it enough then go for it
              Anyone need a spleen ?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ZULU View Post
                Whats age got to do with it?

                They're either competent in the job or not. Simples.
                I totally agree but attitudes are not just one way.

                How are the 17 year lads going to react?
                Do you want to be training with somene yo ufeel should be in the pub with your dad?

                Your recruit pln has to jel as one.

                Everyone is an individual and so it is a try it and see.
                luchi
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                Last edited by luchi; 28 September 2010, 00:02.
                Without supplies no army is brave.

                —Frederick the Great,

                Instructions to his Generals, 1747

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                • #9
                  35 is the limit. If you want it go for it!
                  It is only by contemplation of the incompetent that we can appreciate the difficulties and accomplishments of the competent.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bam Bam View Post
                    35 is the limit. If you want it go for it!

                    Pretty sure it's 34, not 35
                    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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                    • #11
                      Damn damn damn

                      I was thinking of putting my name down for when recruitment opened up;

                      An ex Snr NCO- loads of weapons courses - loads of other guichi course

                      surely the likes of me should have been head hunted ( and not in that way )
                      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                      Are full of passionate intensity.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by luchi View Post

                        Your recruit pln has to jel as one.

                        Everyone is an individual and so it is a try it and see.
                        Stop dealing in fictional units. The last time I saw a recruit Pln was 2007. All thats happening now is sub units are attesting 1s and 2s.
                        "The Question is not: how far you will take this? The Question is do you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed?"

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                        • #13
                          If you were a Sgt or above, the extension is to 45.
                          and you get to keep your PDF rank.
                          "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                          "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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                          • #14
                            45 and 364 days

                            or 44 and 364
                            Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                            Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                            The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                            The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                            The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                            Are full of passionate intensity.

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                            • #15
                              An ex Snr NCO- loads of weapons courses - loads of other guichi course

                              surely the likes of me should have been head hunted
                              RDF units wouldn't take a present of you.. you know far too much and have the ability to show those in higher and equal ranks up.

                              Your every RDF officers nightmare.
                              Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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