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Admin unit for DETAPO

#1
About to book myself on the next selection for DETAPO - I have an idea of what is expected of me and the best way to prepare...

What I am wondering is what I should be looking for in an administrative unit and whether units that have a long selection (such as 4Para or HAC) take on DETAPO recruits...
 
#5
msr said:
You will be allocated an admin unit by the Bde RTC.

msr
Eh, I wasn't. I found myself a sponsor unit and organised visits on drill night, an interview with the PSAO and a subsequent interview with the CO. To be honest I think that's the way it should be done, as I found myself a unit that I really like, and would have gone to had I not decided to be a TAPO. The only problem was that it took me a while to organise all this, and therefore ended up with a significant lag phase between my selection weekend and starting training. I was under the impression that I would be assigned to a unit, which is why I didn't start looking before the selection. (Note that this was down to my misunderstanding of the procedures, nothing else)

Edit... I wouldn't think of the unit you sign up for solely as your admin unit, think of them as your unit. You'll be doing a fair amount of training with them if things work out for you as they did for me, and you'll get a lot more from them than administration alone. My advice would be to look for somewhere that you really want to go, forget about anything else, if you're happy there then that's all that matters.
 
#6
The_Green_Manalishi said:
[Edit... I wouldn't think of the unit you sign up for solely as your admin unit, think of them as your unit. You'll be doing a fair amount of training with them if things work out for you as they did for me, and you'll get a lot more from them than administration alone. My advice would be to look for somewhere that you really want to go, forget about anything else, if you're happy there then that's all that matters.
Where is this unit T_G_M? It sounds great! :D
 
#8
The_Green_Manalishi said:
Edit... I wouldn't think of the unit you sign up for solely as your admin unit, think of them as your unit. You'll be doing a fair amount of training with them if things work out for you as they did for me, and you'll get a lot more from them than administration alone. My advice would be to look for somewhere that you really want to go, forget about anything else, if you're happy there then that's all that matters.
That is exactly what I want to do... my question is - what if the unit I want has a long selection, would that preclude them from taking DETAPO?

Also, who would be the best person to speak to when I phone up the unit?
 
#9
That is exactly what I want to do... my question is - what if the unit I want has a long selection, would that preclude them from taking DETAPO?

Also, who would be the best person to speak to when I phone up the unit?[/quote]

Just say that you're a DETAPO with the hopes of joining their unit, and they'll put you on to who you should be speaking to.

As for the long selection, I have absolutely no idea. Who were you thinking of joining? I'm sure they'll be able to answer any questions you may have if you go to visit them on a drill night. Find out when their drill night is and go along to see if it's for you. Visit a few if you want to. They'll appreciate you asking questions directly I'm sure.
 
#11
Cymru_am_Byth said:
In 42(NW) we were assigned admin units, unless we were already at a unit.
Which would seem to imply that those DETAPOs with their sh1t together got into a unit first and ended up where they wanted to be rather than being farmed out to any old unit that has potentially little or no interest in them.

Looks to me like the right approach is find a unit - tell them you're joining the DETAPO scheme and that you want to join them once commissioned. T_G_M seems to have it right.
 
#12
SittingDuck said:
Cymru_am_Byth said:
In 42(NW) we were assigned admin units, unless we were already at a unit.
Which would seem to imply that those DETAPOs with their sh1t together got into a unit first and ended up where they wanted to be rather than being farmed out to any old unit that has potentially little or no interest in them.

Looks to me like the right approach is find a unit - tell them you're joining the DETAPO scheme and that you want to join them once commissioned. T_G_M seems to have it right.
I was given the option of being assigned to a unit, but honestly the units offered didn't interest me at all. Can't remember what they were, although even if I did remember it probably wouldn't be a good idea to post them here anyway!
 
#13
SittingDuck said:
Cymru_am_Byth said:
In 42(NW) we were assigned admin units, unless we were already at a unit.
Which would seem to imply that those DETAPOs with their sh1t together got into a unit first and ended up where they wanted to be rather than being farmed out to any old unit that has potentially little or no interest in them.

Looks to me like the right approach is find a unit - tell them you're joining the DETAPO scheme and that you want to join them once commissioned. T_G_M seems to have it right.
I was in a unit before I knew the DETAPO scheme even existed.
 
#14
On joining the DETAPO scheme the DETAPOs are put into a holding unit who purely do admin and issue kit. This is not necessarily the Unit that you have to stay with but talk to them and go visit you never know.

Everyone should be advised right at the beginning that they should look around for the Unit that they wish to join as an Officer sooner rather than later. The complete DETAPO course can take up to 2 years so it's not like you don't have time.

They really should have approached units and more or less made a decision before they go to TAMB and they should have transferred to this Unit before they go to Sandhurst. When you've found a unit why waste your time.

When contacting units POs should really contact the Adjt and explain that that they are on the DETAPO scheme and who their holding Unit currently is. If the Adjt is unaware of the scheme or needs further clarification then refer them to the Chief Clerk of the DETAPO Wing at your RTC.

If you have any real burning questions then ask the staff in your DETAPO Wing at your RTC. That's what they are there for. Each RTC may run things slightly different but these are pretty good guidelines to follow. I'm sure the advice you are given is much the same country wide
 
#15
KitKat said:
On joining the DETAPO scheme the DETAPOs are put into a holding unit who purely do admin and issue kit. This is not necessarily the Unit that you have to stay with but talk to them and go visit you never know.

Everyone should be advised right at the beginning that they should look around for the Unit that they wish to join as an Officer sooner rather than later. The complete DETAPO course can take up to 2 years so it's not like you don't have time.

They really should have approached units and more or less made a decision before they go to TAMB and they should have transferred to this Unit before they go to Sandhurst. When you've found a unit why waste your time.

When contacting units POs should really contact the Adjt and explain that that they are on the DETAPO scheme and who their holding Unit currently is. If the Adjt is unaware of the scheme or needs further clarification then refer them to the Chief Clerk of the DETAPO Wing at your RTC.

If you have any real burning questions then ask the staff in your DETAPO Wing at your RTC. That's what they are there for. Each RTC may run things slightly different but these are pretty good guidelines to follow. I'm sure the advice you are given is much the same country wide
How does it work if you want to join a unit outside the brigade your training with?
 
#16
Cymru_am_Byth said:
KitKat said:
On joining the DETAPO scheme the DETAPOs are put into a holding unit who purely do admin and issue kit. This is not necessarily the Unit that you have to stay with but talk to them and go visit you never know.

Everyone should be advised right at the beginning that they should look around for the Unit that they wish to join as an Officer sooner rather than later. The complete DETAPO course can take up to 2 years so it's not like you don't have time.

They really should have approached units and more or less made a decision before they go to TAMB and they should have transferred to this Unit before they go to Sandhurst. When you've found a unit why waste your time.

When contacting units POs should really contact the Adjt and explain that that they are on the DETAPO scheme and who their holding Unit currently is. If the Adjt is unaware of the scheme or needs further clarification then refer them to the Chief Clerk of the DETAPO Wing at your RTC.

If you have any real burning questions then ask the staff in your DETAPO Wing at your RTC. That's what they are there for. Each RTC may run things slightly different but these are pretty good guidelines to follow. I'm sure the advice you are given is much the same country wide
How does it work if you want to join a unit outside the brigade your training with?
If you want to join a Unit out side of the Bde you are training with no problem. You tend to come under 1 RTC but you can ask your RTC to book you on any course being run at any RTC in the country. Your RTC will however continue to track you. As for a unit, you can join whoever you want as long as they will take you. It doesn't have to be in the same Div/District/Bde
 
#17
The help you get depends on which unit and Bde area you are in! It is easy in Scotland to get onto the DE TAOCC cse as it is well established and has good results from the last 3 years.
I know of other Bde regions not as sorted as 51 so you will need to suck it and see. If you are in the Scottish Bde then RTC in Edh is the place and for 42 it is Grantham. The others do have the same 15 is catching up with the other 2 there RTC is in York.
All you need to do is contact one of the Bde RTC and they will do the rest for you. Be sure you know where you dont want to go rather than trying to narrow your options down, take you time as mentioned before you have ages to choose. Make your choice once you are certain of what path you wish to go down, if you start to chop and change it never looks good. Finaly use the time you have wisely to chose your units and dont get carried away with the choice thing you have many more inportant hurdles to get over first.
 

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