- 08-05-2012, 02:42 #81
I think it's time for suicide for Walter.You are all God's children!
- 08-05-2012, 03:38 #82
There is nothing in there about flying, nothing that suggests I pretend to know about flying.
The only presumption which is even remotely related to flying is that it's difficult to do and requires a lot of technical training. Are you opposing this point?
I think it's time you fucked off because you're clearly a complete idiot.http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...08_308x385.jpg
Never trust a wonky donkey.
- 08-05-2012, 07:57 #83Although it is recognised that this direction gives the perception to some that PCS is not as
smart as CS95, it was not designed for wear in or around barracks. Clearly it would be irresponsible
to compromise the design to accommodate “smartness” if it led to criticism over shortcomings in its
operational use particularly as Barrack Dress has been reintroduced specifically to provide a smart
alternative for barracks.
- 08-05-2012, 09:41 #84
- 08-05-2012, 09:57 #85Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep. ~Catherine O'Hara
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, nicked milk and killed Albert Hirst and the Barnsley chop.
- 08-05-2012, 10:07 #86
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
Sorry, was there a question about joining 4 Para lost within all the bullshit and ego fluffing?
If so, the answer is easy. Join if you want to. 4 Para could't care less if you subsequently leave after 2 years - the average TA soldier only serves for 3 years anyway.
- 08-05-2012, 10:12 #87
Crikey, I didn't realise that. (Genuinely). No wonder they get so worried about the webbing being kept in the TAC's they must be worried about the potential for people bimbling off and ebaying it.
That's quite a shame, 2 years. Barely time to get trade trained really.
"The truth is that commentators rush out their opinions based on their preconceived notions before they know the full facts"
The Arabist blog
- 08-05-2012, 10:22 #88
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
A TA infantry soldier is "trade trained" after their basic recruit training (CIC). They currently have to do a huge amount of mandatory training before deployment, but in the past they have gone on operations pretty much straight after CIC.
They will probably do so again if we end up inanother large scale/short notice operation.
- 08-05-2012, 17:32 #89
- Join Date
- May 2012
Who mentioned getting bored? The eventual goal/dream for me is to be an RAF pilot. Every step I've mentioned on the way to the ripe old age of 23/24 is to broaden my experiences and give myself the best chance of becoming an RAF pilot, however misguided they may or may not be.
However I feel if became a pilot I would always wonder what it would have been like to be a soldier on operations/ wished I had done that instead, so I came up with the plan in my first post which would enable me to train in my spare time, hopefully get a tour in and then make a decision whether to stay as a soldier if I absolutely loved the life, and maybe eventually become an officer if I have the potential, or if I still wanted to be an RAF pilot and had the potential then I could go down that route. Either scenario would hopefully end up with a highly motivated junior officer in one of the forces, at this moment I am unsure of which I just know I want to be a part of HM Armed Forces, and an elite within and elite (hence the desire to be a para or a pilot).
So in an attempt to get this thread back on track;
I made it unclear in my original post but I am 17 at the moment, and am nearing the end of my first year in college. If I join the TA I will be starting the process this September (when I turn 18 ), and if reports are to be believed Herrick will be all but over in its current capacity (approx 10,000, of which approx 10% are TA) by the end of 2014. This means that if I could get phase 1 and 2 out of the way by the time I am 19 ( September 2013) there would be potentially a year in which I could get on a tour, assuming 6 months is long enough to pre deployment training (this is mainly aimed at The Duke, he seems the most knowledgeable here). Bearing in mind that in this year I would be out of full time education so free to train full time if necessary.
Thanks so far to the majority of you, its just a shame places like this site can be spoiled by a tiny minority.
- 08-05-2012, 17:51 #90
If you're 17.5 you can join the TA now, or at least you could when I did it and I don't think that has changed. You might even be able to bang out the whole of phase 1 in your summer holidays on summer challenge if you act now (time is pretty tight but maybe you might make it) TA Summer Challenge - British Army Website, http://www.army.mod.uk/join/22107.aspx. Those are for the Scotland and the Midlands respectively but I believe other Brigades may have similar schemes or be able to load you on one of them. They push you out the end as a trained soldier for other arms still needing trade training. Infantry do their phase 1 and 2 together so it might be that you benefit less as you'd still have to do 2 weeks CIC either way but that's worth discussing with your recruit staff in whatever unit you join.
If you can't get on a summer challenge/it's not worth it as you're going infantry you might as well join now and start banging out the phase 1 weekends.
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