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Having second thoughts because of age

I've been lurking here for awhile, but just became a member recently. I come from firefighting family here in San Diego, my father was Federal for 30+ years, and my Father-in-Law is still kicking strong in the SDFD. Anyway, when I was younger, I really wanted to be a FireFighter and then I kind of got side tracked, had a family, etc....Anyway, I'm wondering if I'm too late to do it now. I'm 31, and I'll just be starting the process. Any advice, suggestions, or feedback iis much appreciated.

-Scott Drew


I think you'll find that you're not alone at all. There are many people starting to pursue this career after they have already gone down a certain career path, started a family, etc. By no means are you "too old", in fact you'll bring a lot of life experience and it will show in your Oral Boards when you have a chance to talk about it.

Here are some discussions that took place here recently regarding age that I think you'll find quite reassuring.
[url=]"How old is old?"[/url]
[url=]"Seasoned Recruit?"[/url]

I hope they help paint a good picture. As someone who resigned from my prior career to pursue this dream, I fully support you and wish you the best!


Thanks Reed,
That is definitley reassuring. I know it's what I want to be doing, now it's just a matter organization...