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Unread 02-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #1
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Joining the military in your mid-20s?

So, the last few things that were keeping me in the Yukon both simultaneously went shaky yesterday-not that I'm disappointed or being forced to move or anything, more getting liberated from commitments.

Anyways, because of this, I'm giving serious thought to joining the military, something I've thought about on and off since high school, but put aside a bit by the time I finished university.

However, by the time I'd start, I'd be 25, maybe 26. Most people I know who've enlisted did so by 21 at the latest, and a lot of guys have already joined, served and left by my age.

The jobs I'm looking at would be ones for people closer to my age, granted-I'd joining, hopefully, as an officer (Finally make use of my degree...), and probably going for an air crew position (Possibly even pilot, but from what I hear, it's almost impossible for anybody who didn't go through military college to do so, at least in Canada).

Am I, as weird as it sounds, too old, or am I just being paranoid about joining after a lot of people have already started, served and left?

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There is no job for 'people closer to your age'. Jobs are given out based on your ASVAB scores and what jobs are open/ avail at the time that you attend MEPS.
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I meant more that people qualified for officer jobs either have a degree or military college, meaning 3-4 years after high school already, not that they're based on age specifically.
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Unread 02-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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Ambugirl- I think you missed the "At least in Canada" part.
I think you'll be fine if you joined now. Just remember that your going to not know as much as some of the younger guys. Your " boss" may be younger than you. Just do a lot of research on joining the military.
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I joined at 28.....I was one of the older pwoplw in my BCT company, but there were still a few older, nut most were in their early 20s. I dont know how Canada compares, but Basic was not hard at all here
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i joined at 26, same situation as jester. if you're going in as an officer, it really doesn't matter. all the people who would make fun of you (and probably will) are going to have to salute you.
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I don't know about Canada, but I went enlisted at 25, and not only did I not get made fun of but a lot of younger guys looked to me for answers.
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well, like alot of the others, I dont know how it works in canada. I am 31 and in the Marines. I joined in my mid 20's. Being older has its ups and down but mostly ups. Especially going in as a officer things would be better. Being older, you will be looked at as a more mature person and someone who can hadle responcibility a bit more. So all in all, if its something you want to do and you can get what you want out of it, go for it. Whats the worst thing, you do 4 years and then get back to your life.
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Another "joined in my mid 20's" as an officer to become a pilot. I know plenty of others who joined in their 20's and went both officer and enlisted. That's the US Navy, but I'd imagine your military is similar. Even if you're over the maximum age, it may be possible to get a waiver (it is here up to 2 years over the max age I believe). And I'd just add that pilot positions are always hard to get, but if that's what you want to do then don't let something like the likely-hood of it happening stop you from trying. I know plenty of other pilots who submitted their officer packages 2 or 3 times for a pilot slot. Where there's a will there's a way!
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