3 MI (London)

#1
Hi,
I was thinking about joining 3 MI in 3 to 6 months.

Is there anyone who is in the unit that I could PM a few questions about it?

I would contact the unit directly but since I am not quite ready yet, I would rather ask someone else.

Thanks
 
#2
Hi,
I was thinking about joining 3 MI in 3 to 6 months.

Is there anyone who is in the unit that I could PM a few questions about it?

I would contact the unit directly but since I am not quite ready yet, I would rather ask someone else.

Thanks
Out of interest, what questions do you have that you believe may be answered anonymously here rather than by Bn HQ?

Feel free to PM me if you wish, however I suspect the party line when dealing with random strangers on the internet will be all you'll get.
 
#3
Hi,
I was thinking about joining 3 MI in 3 to 6 months.

Is there anyone who is in the unit that I could PM a few questions about it?

I would contact the unit directly but since I am not quite ready yet, I would rather ask someone else.

Thanks
You know what one of the best ways to get good advice is ? Ring the Bn and ask. They won't pursue you in an unmarked car if you choose not to proceed further, nor will they base your career path on the initial phone call wherein you ask some basic questions. Just do it. Besides, waiting times for selection weekends, courses etc can get stupid at times, no point waiting to apply and then having to ... wait some more.

They will be deliberately vague about aspects of what we actually do, this isn't some affectation to make us look hard but a reflection of the real and challenging opportunities you can take advantage of if you get in.

And there's no point asking me, all I can offer re the training pipeline are tedious anecdotes of a simpler time when 58 pattern webbing was in vogue and you bought your own norwegian. And no-one wants that, do they. As for the rest, there is nowhere else you will get the opportunities to do real work that makes a difference than with us. Not even with 5 MI, sound and wonderful people that they are.

Hope to see you sometime.
 
#4
Thanks for your replies, it seems that I have not written enough posts to send any PM's.

I just had a few questions about time commitment and etc.

During the initial training approximately how many weekends, full weeks and evenings are taken up?

After the initial training approximately how many weekends, full weeks and evenings are taken up?

What is the chance of deployment? How long could this be for?


Thanks
 
#5
Thanks for your replies, it seems that I have not written enough posts to send any PM's.

I just had a few questions about time commitment and etc.

During the initial training approximately how many weekends, full weeks and evenings are taken up?
6 weekends and then a two week common miltary sylabus course as well as whatever the Bn Training Team expect from you (in my day it was 70% attendence minimum). After that you will eligible to attend the trade coures - if the permenent staff and BTT think so. This process can take less than a year however in the majority of cases seems to take more. It depends on how much you can attend and a bit of luck
After the initial training approximately how many weekends, full weeks and evenings are taken up?
If you want to deploy you should be doing everything you can
What is the chance of deployment? How long could this be for?
very high - all the tours you can eat at the moment plus FTRS opportunities and direct support to Ops back here. There have been those from the Bn who have deployed within a year of being trade qualified but they have made considerable efforts to do so.
 
#6
Thanks for the info.

Are the deployments 6 months to a year long?

I think my current employer would be pissed off if I disappeared for that amount of time, although I wouldn't mind being deployed.

Can you join the unit full time after being there for while?

After the initial training approximately how many weekends, full weeks and evenings are taken up?
If you want to deploy you should be doing everything you can
Weekends and evenings are fine, just any days during the working week would be a problem. How many days during the working week could there be?

Thanks
 
#7
Thanks for the info.

Are the deployments 6 months to a year long?

I think my current employer would be pissed off if I disappeared for that amount of time, although I wouldn't mind being deployed.

Can you join the unit full time?



Weekends and evenings are fine, just any days during the working week would be a problem. How many days during the working week could there be?

Thanks
Deployments are 6 months in theatre, so with pre-deployment training you are looking at a minimum of 10 months realistically.

In terms of joining the unit full time - that's what the regular Corps is for; they have not suffered from the SDSR and have in fact increased the number of trade courses being run to keep pace with an increased manpower requirement. There are Full Time Reserve Service options, but you cannot just walk into these without relevent experience (with the possible exception of Linguist).

You will be required to find at least a solid 2 weeks a year, not only to get qualified, but once trained in order to achieve your tax free bounty (3MI have done away with the traditional Annual Camp exercise in favour of a trade course, attachment or other relevent excercise).
I am sure you have asked but does your employer have a reservist policy? If so you may find that you are entitled to an extra weeks holiday for this reason.
 
#8
Thanks for the info.

I am sure you have asked but does your employer have a reservist policy? If so you may find that you are entitled to an extra weeks holiday for this reason.
My current employer does, which entitles to me a week off. They are pretty good with holiday to me. However this is complicated because I have a job interview tomorrow for a small company which I doubt will have a reservist policy and they also give me 1.5 weeks less holiday. However the pay and career is substantial better.
 
#9
Thanks for the info.



My current employer does, which entitles to me a week off. They are pretty good with holiday to me. However this is complicated because I have a job interview tomorrow for a small company which I doubt will have a reservist policy and they also give me 1.5 weeks less holiday. However the pay and career is substantial better.

In either my current job or job I have an interview for, if I disappeared for 10 months they would be fairly unhappy with me.

How optional are deployments?
At the moment, very. You do however by the joining the TA make yourself liable for compulsory mobilistation - this, however, requires an act of parliament.
 
#12
If you join be prepared for a fairly intensive period of training, every other weekend for about 16 weeks, plus mid week evening training then a two week Camp to complete your Phase 1 training. You can then look forward to a period of further mid week evening training plus weekends before completing your Phase 2 (Trade) qualification (the first of three) with another 2 week Camp. With regards to deployment, yes it will happen and it will be roughly 11 months to a year in total with leave etc. However you will not be deployed until the unit feels that you are ready to go. I would advise not even thinking about FTRS in the early stages of your career. If you want to go Regular then do it, don't however expect to join and train with a TA unit and then go Regular and expect to jump straight across you will almost invariably have to start from scratch, including Phase 1. Hope this helps and good luck.
 
#13
Thanks again.

Just another couple of questions:

- How long is a TA weekend? Does it start early on a Saturday Morning or does it start on Friday Evening?

- What happens if I get paid more in my Civi Job than the TA but I get deployed?
 
#15
Thanks MSR was dreading trying to do that one, technophobe that I am.
 
#16
Thanks again.

Are the 2 week annual camps/ training normally in the summer? or just any time?

There are certain times of the year my employer will let me have more time off than normal.
 
#17
Thanks again.

Aare the 2 week annual camps/ training normally in the summer? or just any time?

There are certain times of the year my employer will let me have more time off than normal.
As I said before, when you are qualified your camp can be an appropriate course, attachment or exercise (as long as it is at least 2 weeks) -3 MI no longer do whole Bn annual camps. Whilst you are training you will find that the courses you need will be spread out over the year, however if there is one that you would prefer to do it is up to you to try to ensure that you are eligible for it - the combination of attendance and luck alluded to above.

As to regular london units - yes; however the army doesn't work like that. You may express a preference for a London posting, however the chances of you not ending up in Bulford/Rheindahlen/Netheravon are slim.

As to everything else - what them above said (especially Reb, who I suspect knows more than I).
 
#18
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There is plenty of opportunity to support Ops away from Afghanistan. The way the world is at the moment - watch this space.
 

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