My Dad steered me towards getting a trade in the RAF after I'd been finished at British Steel and unable to get another apprenticeship at 18. I signed on for 6 years initially and ended up doing 30 years. Loved it.
Navy - get to travel but no family lifeI wanted to be in the Army but duffed it, just didn't fancy getting killed. Majority will opt for Army but when you think about it, there is not much inspiration to join the RAF or the Navy, there are plenty of adverts to tempt you to join the Army but not for the Navy/Marines.
Navy. I was brought up by a dad obsessed with the navy, possibly because his dad served in the war. Spent my childhood reading naval books and visiting the careers office to get posters and that. Went to see every ship that came to visit the town. Joined the Sea Scouts.
Then became a scientist so I could work in my dad’s factory.
It isn't unthinking obedience mateI was very close to joining the Navy. Didn't think I would react well to unthinking obedience so sidestepped it but often wonder what my life would have been had I followed it through. One of those crossroads moments.
Perhaps not but that was the perception of what was required at the time and I decided I wasn't up for it. It could easily have gone the other way and I would have had a whole different life. Somewhere, in a parallel universe, I did the other thing...
It isn't unthinking obedience mate
Not necessarily true. You wouldn’t have your kids and your grandkids that you have now. It’s like the phrase if me dad hadn’t met me mam....you would most likely still have kids and grandkids just not the ones that you know and love now.I was in the Air Cadets - was keen to join the RAF but went to Uni and ended up with a 'normal' job. I'm still involved with one of the local ATC squadrons on the civilian committee. Part of me regrets not joining - but then I wouldn't have had my kids, grandkids, etc.