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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #50 on: September 04, 2018, 08:34:04 »
He could, but that would be adding a part-time job to a full-time job. A full-time job that may already include overtime.

It is not a career change.

Doesn't say if that is base pay for a 40-hour week, or if it includes overtime.

If it includes OT, how much time will the individual have available for the PRes?


I’m not posting to seek your approval or opinion.  I just posted another option for CF service for AndrewJS. His decision to look into it, or just focus on Regular Force.

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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #51 on: September 04, 2018, 08:39:58 »
His decision to look into it, or just focus on Regular Force.

If he does look into the PRes, he may also wish to consider if he has time available from his full-time job for BMQ ( full-time or weekend ) and trade training.


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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #52 on: September 05, 2018, 19:42:49 »
Thinking about it, I'm 34 now, would be 35 by the time BMOQ comes around. I'd most likely be a decade or so older than the average, but since I've had experience with that in my last college program (returning to pick up new skills, when most classmates were just out of high school), the only real difference I can see myself needing to adjust to is that I'm "younger than I should be" due to being a twin.

I mean, I wasn't allowed by my parents to get my driver's license until I was 19, because I still looked like I was 12 at 16.... :)

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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #53 on: September 11, 2018, 14:38:23 »
Just wanted to share my story with my 2nd application.

Long story short, I applied once before when I was 30 years old, then life and family happened.

Fast forward for Nov 2017 and the itch came back to apply.  Sent messages to Facebook Recruiting Team but they did not answer my specific questions, so idea of reapplying dead in the water.

May 2018 rolls around and I attend my kid's FunFair at school and to my surprise, I see the CAF there from a local Reserve Unit.  I had time to kill so I started asking them a bunch of questions that were lingering from Nov 2017.  They answered them and talked it over with my wife about reapplying.

I had just missed an Open House with the Unit I was interested in but still managed to book a "private" tour and once again, I asked my escort the same questions from the FunFair to confirm the validity of their (FunFair) answers.

I made it loud and clear with the Recruiter with the Unit I'm on my wife and kid's schedule in regards to future potential training and they were cool and understanding with my situation given one officer I spoke to also had wife and kids.

With that in hand, i jumped in with both feet with the online application in the last week of May 2018 to get the ball rolling.

FORCE Fitness test booked for first week of July 2018.  Having been through the process before, I requested I speak with the MedTech after my FORCE fitness test and I let the MedTech know my full situation with my health and he gave me all the required formed in advance to speed up the application process.

Here's where it gets interesting, being that I'm 40, any applicant between 40-50 years old will be required to get blood work and an ECG done.  I also wear glasses and already have tinnitus.

In hindsight, I should have gotten the ECG done first as if there is anything "wrong" with my heart, I'm pretty much medically unfit as my ECG showed an abnormal blip and my family doctor wanted an ultrasound done as they are more accurate.  To this point, I had already gotten my eyes reexamined, ($120), had the family doctor fill out another form ($35).  As everyone knows, when any medical stuff is required, we're working on their schedule and it may take a long time to get booked in by any medical professional.  This whole process took me awhile  to get everything checked out due to scheduling conflicts.

Medical and Interview booked for 4th week of July 2018. 

By the 2nd week of Aug 2018, I had completed everything for the application process, mainly my medical files were submitted to Ottawa for further review and I was given the heads up by the MedTech it would take about 3 weeks to hear back from them.  Which would suggest I should hear back after Labour Day long weekend.  Low and behold, I receive an email on a Wednesday stating I've been accepted and was Sworn in by Friday.

So here I am, a 40 year old recruit joining the Army and found out its very common for people my age to do this kinda thing, call it a mid life crisis if you like, my wife thinks so.  But better to give it a shot then regret it my whole life wondering "what if...".

I'm booked in for part time BMQ starting 2 Nov 2018 and gonna take it week by week.  my biggest concerns are the ruck marches and the switching between normal day life to weekend military life.

Been doing 5k runs every 3 days or so since June 2018 to maintain my gains, cardio has always been a weak point for myself but now I  don't mind running. Hello morning PT! lol

Keeping track of my run stats is super important to me, I average about 5:20-5:30 min / km comfortably,  running an average of 5:15-5:10 min/ km is more challenging as my last 1.0-1.5km, my heart rate is pretty much running at peak form at 180 bpm.  My average cadence is 160-165 and read the magic number to hit is 180 which I'll give it a shot on my next run.

Gonna slowly introduce resistance training as well.  Need to keep in mind not to over train and cause injury as that seems to be a very common problem.

Either way, gonna be interesting now that I'm in, it still has not hit me yet.
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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #54 on: September 11, 2018, 17:10:54 »
I'd vary your running up a bit, running 5k's 3x a week isn't optimal training, and it's certainly not what people who want to improve their 5k's do. Add some LISS running into the mix, and a substantially shorter track interval workout and I guarantee you'll see substantial improvements to your run times. Mileage isn't necessarily the answer when it comes to getting better at those middle distances, your heart/lungs need sustained efforts at low intensities to improve, and to run a 5k fast requires leg strength development you'll get best from sprint work. Start sloooow with sprint work if you haven't done it before, takes a while for everything to get used to the stresses, and it's really easy to pull a hamstring.
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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #55 on: September 14, 2018, 02:56:55 »
I believe in following your dreams, no matter what you feel may be 'limiting' you.

I know people who have returned to school to obtain not only their bachelor's degree but their masters, too. Law school, medicine, etc - well into their 50s. I also know people who have applied for the CAF within that age range, too. My father-in-law was an "older" recruit, but it's not really fair to say that considering at 34, he was not even close to the youngest person there.

Follow your heart. I don't believe that there is such a thing as "too old". Only too afraid to execute their dreams!

Best of luck with whatever you choose to do - I beg of you not to limit yourself.

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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #56 on: April 26, 2019, 21:45:20 »
I do not see it. I think my application was tossed again. I have to assume my file is flagged and I will never get a chance. I used to think it was a good idea to join, but, my application  started ... long ago.. maybe 8 years. I think I've waited long enough.
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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #57 on: April 27, 2019, 14:50:27 »
commander-cb,

Your current application has been pending for 1.5 years.
Inflating your wait time is a dishonest representation for others who are waiting for their own files.

I do not see it. I think my application was tossed again. I have to assume my file is flagged and I will never get a chance. I used to think it was a good idea to join, but, my application  started ... long ago.. maybe 8 years. I think I've waited long enough.

From the Waiting Game topic:


No you're not. You're at just over a year.

Hello

I am now 50. I started my application , i think it was about 7 years ago - cfat / medical / interview and some other things.

I decided to reopen the application. I am trying not to get excited about it, it has already been a roller coaster ride.

You let your application lapse the last time, that's not the CAF's fault. As far as I'm concerned your "wait time" counts from the day you reopened, which is around October 2017 depending on your delay in posting here.

The system sucks, it takes too long, but don't make it sound worse than it is because of your own personal decisions.
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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #58 on: September 01, 2019, 17:29:49 »
Hi there,

I am planning on joining the Primary Reserve. My inclination was for Intelligence Officer but it seems that trade has specific academic requirements (degrees) that are not mine; so now I'm thinking on Armour Officer. I have heard many people saying that arms trades are more physically demanding, which makes sense. If everything goes right, I would be starting BMQ when I am 41-42 years old. And then after BMQ, I know I would have to go through the common army phase. I would like the opinion of some of you guys to see if at my age, trying to go through arms trade is a doable thing or a far fetch. I am aware that everything depends of the level of fitness of every individual, but I am just looking for any tip, advice or comment.

I would really appreciate any type of information in that regard. Thank you very much.

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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #59 on: September 03, 2019, 00:03:08 »
Hi there,

I am planning on joining the Primary Reserve. My inclination was for Intelligence Officer but it seems that trade has specific academic requirements (degrees) that are not mine; so now I'm thinking on Armour Officer. I have heard many people saying that arms trades are more physically demanding, which makes sense. If everything goes right, I would be starting BMQ when I am 41-42 years old. And then after BMQ, I know I would have to go through the common army phase. I would like the opinion of some of you guys to see if at my age, trying to go through arms trade is a doable thing or a far fetch. I am aware that everything depends of the level of fitness of every individual, but I am just looking for any tip, advice or comment.

I would really appreciate any type of information in that regard. Thank you very much.

If you haven't talked to someone at the CFRC I would sugest that you do. They have alot of answers to alot of questions like the ones you've posed.

And no, being over 40 won't be a problem in the Combat Arms if you're fit enough, and the CFRC can tell you more about what is required.
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Re: Am I too old, unfit or uncertain?
« Reply #60 on: September 23, 2019, 09:54:13 »
Hi there,

I am planning on joining the Primary Reserve. My inclination was for Intelligence Officer but it seems that trade has specific academic requirements (degrees) that are not mine; so now I'm thinking on Armour Officer. I have heard many people saying that arms trades are more physically demanding, which makes sense. If everything goes right, I would be starting BMQ when I am 41-42 years old. And then after BMQ, I know I would have to go through the common army phase. I would like the opinion of some of you guys to see if at my age, trying to go through arms trade is a doable thing or a far fetch. I am aware that everything depends of the level of fitness of every individual, but I am just looking for any tip, advice or comment.

I would really appreciate any type of information in that regard. Thank you very much.

Hi,

You said it best yourself "I am aware that everything depends of the level of fitness of every individual".
With that said I went through Basic with a gentleman who was in his 50's and did better than most of the 20 year olds.  I have been in 20+ years and work alongside many individuals in their 40's and 50's who are probably more fit than I am.  Is a combat trade physically demanding?  Yes! But it's doable if you're fit and want to do it.