1st Posting after Trade Training

jaea

Swinger
can anyone help with a query about my first posting. i’m from colchester and i’d like to be based around the south, south/east. i’m currently in training to be a reme vm.

my question is should i be based in good old colchester for first posting?
what would that entail, p company?
and is there any other suitable posting around the south?

cheers lads
 

Arte_et_Marte

ADC
Moderator
You can ask, but the Army has this awkward thing of posting you where they want you, not where you want to go.

There used to be exceptions, kids at a super specialist school and what not, but that's pretty rare.

You'll only do P Company if your unit requires para trained soldiers and you volunteer.

Good luck in the Corps.
 
can anyone help with a query about my first posting. i’m from colchester and i’d like to be based around the south, south/east. i’m currently in training to be a reme vm.

my question is should i be based in good old colchester for first posting?
what would that entail, p company?
and is there any other suitable posting around the south?

cheers lads
The Army's principle is that 'the needs of the service come first, those of the individual soldier and their families a close second.' Which roughly translates to if you are a singly (unmarried with no children), you go where they need you. No harm in asking though, and as a VM you have greater scope than those in more niche trades. Good luck!

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chimera

LE
Moderator
Being posted close to where you come from/live for your first tour is not necesserily a good idea.

Your first few years are all about finding your feet in your new life, making friends, and getting into all of the broader aspects of Army life. You dont want to be going home to mum/dad/girlfriend/boyfriend/pet hamster when ever you have free time.

I can absoutely guarantee that if your first tour is in Kinloss you will be a far better person, and better solider, in three years time than if you end up back in Colchester.
 
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jaea

Swinger
thanks guys, i appreciate your replies and i’ll take it on board. i’m fair game for moving and going wherever to be honest
 
Being posted close to where you come from/live for your first tour is not necesserily a good idea.

Your first few years are all about finding your feet in your new life, making friends, and getting into all of the broader aspects of Army life. You dont want to be going home to mum/dad/girlfriend/boyfriend/pet hamster when ever you have free time.

I can absoutely guarantee that if your first tour is in Kinloss you will be a far better person, and better solider, in three years time than if you end up back in Colchester.

I fully endorse those sentiments. As a london lad, my first posting was...in london... fine, 3 years in familure surroundings, a relative easy existence, even with several trips abroad attached to other formations, however.......In BAOR during the height of the cold war, my first posting to a Div HQ, a fully functioning regiment, was a real eye opener, the previous 3 years stood for nothing, I was thrown into a situation that was totally alien to me, i became a raw recruit again, simply beacause my previous experience had been feather bedded, with no real comprehension of what the army was all about. Do not get a home posting, it does you no favours. The dangers facing the modern soldier are different to my day, but dangers do exist, and those regiments that are equipped to face them are always on high alert, and in constant training for any task required of them, that's where you should be posted, a working regiment. That's where you will get on the job first hand knowledge of your trade, under all conditions, in all weathers, and if required under fire, go for it.

(I realise that what i have just posted, will leave me open to some severe criticism. I accept that, but that is how I see it, from my own experience, back in the stone age.)
 
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Aren't REME attached as LAD to every formation-regiment all over the world, surely a better scope of postings than ,say, a infantry man.?
I'm sure you're right. But overall since the drawdown of BAOR/BFG, opportunities for postings outside of the UK must be very thin on the ground for everyone.
 
As you are highly unlikely to get posted to a Reserve unit 103 are out until you are a Tiffy S/Sgt.
So perhaps Colchester Garrison or Lyneham where I presume you are already?
Good luck in the Corps a fine part of the military.
 
To the OP, are you an A Mech or a B Mech?

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