Career Opportunities

I’m not quite sure what my options are right now. I turn 34 in just over a couple of weeks time. Now according to the BBC, I’ve got a few days during which I can join the Army, as the MoD has, apparently, raised the recruitment age from 26 to 33. So I may have to make a decision in a hurry. (Advice, please.)

On the other hand, this army webpage seems to think that 30 is the cut-off, unless I want to be an officer, in which case it was 29, which seems like a very long time ago.

On the other, other hand, if I want to play the tuba in an Army band, I’ve still got a few years left in which to make up my mind. They’ll still take me up until the end of 2009, (though I suppose I’d also have to learn the tuba).

0 thoughts on “Career Opportunities”

  1. I would advise against joining the British Army, at least until they are out of Afghanistan and Iraq. That said, I doubt they are deploying the tuba players in forward combat positions.

  2. Oh, I don’t know – I think if you were sufficiently bad at playing the tuba, you’d be a pretty good front-line soldier, repelling any guerilla warrior within a radius of a couple of miles with dreadful renditions of Pomp and Circumstance and suchlike. I’m assuming, of course, that a bad beginner tuba-player is as painful to listen to as a bad beginner trumpet-player, though I really wouldn’t know.

  3. I’d say go for it. If Mad Mel’s right and we are in a new World War it’s only a matter of time before we’re all called up anyway, and I’d imagine being a volunteer will give you brownie points.

    On the other hand you could wait, and we could all join up together as the 7th Blogger’s Battalion, or however it works.

  4. Not sure how many of these 33 starters are going to end up doing the full 22 years service. 55 is not the kind of age you want to be carrying really heavy kit up a mountain in Afghanistan.

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