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That's my application sent

I have just filled out and sent my application to join the Army Reserves, how excited am I?

I have a lot of work to do before I can actually go and sit the tests to see if I can get in but I was told when I was there last night that if I fill in and send the application, that allows them to start working with me to get me ready for the tests and I can go in and use their facilities such as their gym as well as working with one of their fitness instructors.

I have a large chunk of weight to lose before I can meet the requirements for the fitness tests but I have been told not to worry too much about it as they will help me with an exercise program and provide me all the encouragement I want.

I have two friends who are joining with me and another guy I sort of know from uni so it will be nice to know people who are going through the same process. Although I am the only one with a significant amount of weight to lose.

It will take a few weeks before I hear anything and then I will be invited back for an interview with the guy we met last night. He seemed really nice and he assured us that it is quite an informal interview, just a formality really. Its the selection weekend that the real interviews and tests happen at, but I am at least a few months away from that since I have all this weight to lose.

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MegL wrote on February 19, 2015, 4:43 PM

Hope all goes well for you. Losing weight and using the gym might help your back too.

melody23 wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:02 PM

Yeah, the first thing I did when I got the all clear from my physiotherapist was re-join the local gym. I had been going before my back got bad again but had to stop when it started acting up. If I could lose even half of what I need to lose to be considered a 'healthy weight' I would be able to pass my army medical, and I bet my back would feel a whole lot better too. I still have to be a wee bit careful about some exercises but for the most part my back is ok, I just need to introduce things slowly. I just take one new piece of equipment a week, so the first week I only went on the exercise bike, then the second week I did the bike and the treadmill then the bike treadmill and cross trainer and so on. This week I am going to start very slowly adding some of the weight machines, but I will put them on the minimum amount of weight to start off with.

Kasman wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:30 PM

I take it you will be going in as a medic?

melody23 wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:38 PM

Its a bit odd how they work it. I will be going in as an adult nurse even although I am not qualified because the reserves don't actually have a student nurse post but they have a way of allowing students to take up an adult nurse post almost like nurse in training, as long as they are enrolled in university then obviously when you qualify you can actually become an adult nurse in the army too. I actually would have loved to be a combat medic but because I will (hopefully) have my nursing degree soon they wont let me, they want my skills as a nurse apparently.

GemstonePink wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:39 PM

Congratulations. There are so many benefits that come with the Army Reserve. Good luck to you!

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 19, 2015, 6:54 PM

I hope you make it and losing weight will help your health even if you dont

BodieMor wrote on February 19, 2015, 7:40 PM

How exciting for you! I hope everything turns out well!

Feisty56 wrote on February 19, 2015, 7:44 PM

I can feel your excitement all the way over to this side of the pond. : ) You are such a dynamo of a person that I have complete faith that you'll shed that weight and get into good physical shape so that you'll be accepted.

DDS1 wrote on February 19, 2015, 7:48 PM

Good for you. Hope it all goes well!

gidget wrote on February 19, 2015, 8:24 PM

Good luck to you and be safe while you are serving. I imagine there is a lot to do in preparation for enlisting.

BarbRad wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:18 AM

I never knew you wanted to go this direction. I wish you luck and perseverance in losing the pounds you need to lose. Sounds like you are motivated.

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:47 AM

I hope you will be accepted, and do your part for your country.

iwrite28 wrote on February 20, 2015, 1:40 AM

Hope you get it...though losing weight seems o be a daunting task (my battle with the bulge is going on...LOL)

nbaquero wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:01 PM

Melody23 You are certainly a very focused person, good luck with this new project!

WordChazer wrote on February 20, 2015, 1:49 PM

Now that's motivation to lose weight if ever you needed any! Also getting fitter is likely to improve your suppleness and as MegL says, that should help your back. Good luck!