advice about joining the TA - slightly nervous female!

#1
Hi

I am just after some advice about joining the TA. I hope this is the right place to post!

Firstly I am a 26 year old female and for many years I have thought about joining the TA. I have been 'put off' for a few years as my ex was in the regular army and always use to laugh at me when I said I wanted to join the TA. He said I was too girly and would never survive! But after much thought I have decided to give it ago.

I have done a lot of reading and I am hoping to go into my local army office this week to start the process, the problem is I feel incredibly nervous about it all.
I was hoping to find out what other people's experience of the process was, especially from any females who may have felt the same.

I guess I sort of feel worried that I may not be good enough or any use to the TA. I am not concerned about my fitness as I exercise most days and I am currently training for a half marathon. I have a science degree but it doesn’t give me any state registration so I'm not sure exactly what I can offer?!

Any help or advice would be fab! I think I'm worrying about it all too much xx
 
#4
Hi

I am just after some advice about joining the TA. I hope this is the right place to post!

Firstly I am a 26 year old female and for many years I have thought about joining the TA. I have been 'put off' for a few years as my ex was in the regular army and always use to laugh at me when I said I wanted to join the TA. He said I was too girly and would never survive! But after much thought I have decided to give it ago.

I have done a lot of reading and I am hoping to go into my local army office this week to start the process, the problem is I feel incredibly nervous about it all.
I was hoping to find out what other people's experience of the process was, especially from any females who may have felt the same.

I guess I sort of feel worried that I may not be good enough or any use to the TA. I am not concerned about my fitness as I exercise most days and I am currently training for a half marathon. I have a science degree but it doesn’t give me any state registration so I'm not sure exactly what I can offer?!

Any help or advice would be fab! I think I'm worrying about it all too much xx
Go and have a look.

If you think you'll enjoy it, keep turning up,

If you don't like it, don't turn up again, nothing lost.
 
#5
Just go and do it, thinkerbell. It's like almost anything in life, you have to give it a go before you can decide whether or not you want to continue.
 
#6
Rather than calling into the Army Careers Office you could just call into your local TA centre. Most have staff that are there during the week.
 
#8
Or give em a bell and ask if you can drop in.
 
#10
your science background might make you attractive to 531 Ammunition Technical Support Squadron, RLC.
Its really interesting stuff, I'm going through the trade training now.
Pm arrseonist or he117 for more info.
You'll be treated more like a grown up too.
 
#11
The TA will soon tell you if they think you are of no use.

With a Science Degree (please dont tell me it is in Social Sciences!!) then you are more likely to of be of use in a technical role.

The only person holding yoou back is yourself. Get along, see whats what, look at the options open to you, then make an informed decission rather than one based on hearsay from your ex and us idiots on here.

Also, go onto the Army website and go into the "Role Finder" section http://www.army.mod.uk/rolefinder/ and fill in the details. It will give you suggestions of what roles you should be looking at with your qualifications and experiences.

Good luck with your application and career...and post naked photos!

PS..ignore my spelling...I was Infantry!
 
#12
I have a science degree but it doesn’t give me any state registration so I'm not sure exactly what I can offer?!
Don't worry about your qualifications, just look for something that you will enjoy. It doesn't have to be related to what you do during the working week.

I had a Computer Science degree, a full-time job as a software engineer, and I joined the TA infantry (and will vouch for the fact that I've never been so intellectually stretched as when trying to solve complicated time and distance and resources problems in my head, in a hurry, while under physical and mental stress...).
 
#13
Thanks for all the replies! I will get those photos up asap, naked of course! ;-P

I am pleased to say my degree isn't in social sciences, that's not a science! I studied micro/biochem and I currently work in a hospital but I do not hold state registration (with the hpa) so therefore I cannot work as a biomedical scientist.

I would love to do something medical based but I am open to ideas! I'm going to visit the army office tomorrow and I've tracked down my local TA centre but I'm sure I've only ever seen young kids go in there! lol

Thanks for all the advice!
 
#14
Where about's is your local TA center?
I'm just starting my Phase 1 Training.

It's good fun.
 
#16
Hi

I am just after some advice about joining the TA. I hope this is the right place to post!

Firstly I am a 26 year old female and for many years I have thought about joining the TA. I have been 'put off' for a few years as my ex was in the regular army and always use to laugh at me when I said I wanted to join the TA. He said I was too girly and would never survive! But after much thought I have decided to give it ago.

I have done a lot of reading and I am hoping to go into my local army office this week to start the process, the problem is I feel incredibly nervous about it all.
I was hoping to find out what other people's experience of the process was, especially from any females who may have felt the same.

I guess I sort of feel worried that I may not be good enough or any use to the TA. I am not concerned about my fitness as I exercise most days and I am currently training for a half marathon. I have a science degree but it doesn’t give me any state registration so I'm not sure exactly what I can offer?!

Any help or advice would be fab! I think I'm worrying about it all too much xx
The best thing you can do is pop down to your local TA centre and see what they have to offer. There is no reason to be nervous and do not be worried about not being good enough or any use to the TA, they will train you to do the job. Yes during training etc they will shout at you and stuff, but its part of the game, so as I said, don't be nervous.
 
#19
The hardest thing is going to that first evening, training is fun, selection is fantastic, but hard. If you don't prepare with your fitness and strength. The more you put into it, I think the more you get out of it.
 
#20
The obvious choice would be 243 Field Hospital, based in Portsmouth - you can use your existing skills to benefit the AMS as well as pick up the Mil skills as you go. (do expect to be deployed at some point though, as the TA account for a large percentage of the AMS).
You will learn more about yourself, and put your skills to the test in situations and environments that you just don't get in civvie street.

If you do not want to do your "Civvie" job - there are plenty of other roles available in the TA - I have met/served with Doctors and Accountants who were mobilised as infantry soldiers, signallers and drivers.

But definately talk to your local unit - they will tell you what jobs are available, and the realities of the role (the days of a green drinking club are long gone thank god)

As ever, just my 2c
 

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