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Advice - Army Life

#1
So I'm 21, higher than average fitness level, pretty damn smart, previously completed an apprenticeship as a vehicle tech. I've always wanted to join the army since I was a nipper.
What am I to expect in the army life that isn't advertised and can only be told from experience?

I'm 100% sure it's what I want to do, I'm not doing it for the pay, but for the interests, trying to research as best as I can.

Thanks.
 
#5
I did sometimes use software to determine faults but I also worked on much older vehicles, I realize military vehicles won't have the luxury of a Mercedes and is bog standard basic, but I've had my fair fix on classic Ford's, MG's, Vauxhall etc. Cars that have bare minimum electrics.
 

MrBane

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#6
Do you ask the Transactions Specialist for a plastic consumer item logistical device at Asda?
I tend to find the Resource Control and Management Specialists who tip up once a fortnight and empty my bins are quite helpful when it comes to wide ranging advice.

Back to OP. Just sit the BARB, see what score you get and what options you get, then go for it.

Very worst case scenario is you do your three years and decide it's not for you. You'll have a great time and gain a lot of new skills and experience that will look good on any CV.

There's no hidden traps, you just will, at times, be expected to work quite ******* hard for your wages.

Other times, you'll laugh as you realise you're getting paid to do **** all.

Go for it.
 
#7
I tend to find the Resource Control and Management Specialists who tip up once a fortnight and empty my bins are quite helpful when it comes to wide ranging advice.

Back to OP. Just sit the BARB, see what score you get and what options you get, then go for it.

Very worst case scenario is you do your three years and decide it's not for you. You'll have a great time and gain a lot of new skills and experience that will look good on any CV.

There's no hidden traps, you just will, at times, be expected to work quite ******* hard for your wages.

Other times, you'll laugh as you realise you're getting paid to do **** all.

Go for it.
Is it not four years now?
 
#11
So I'm 21, higher than average fitness level, pretty damn smart, previously completed an apprenticeship as a vehicle tech. I've always wanted to join the army since I was a nipper.
What am I to expect in the army life that isn't advertised and can only be told from experience?

I'm 100% sure it's what I want to do, I'm not doing it for the pay, but for the interests, trying to research as best as I can.

Thanks.
One word of advice , dont go around telling people you are "pretty damn smart" , you are not and many will take delight in proving it to you , learn humility.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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#12
If you want to build on your mechanical aptitude apply to join REME or RE.
 
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W21A

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#13
Want a life experience - join the infantry. If you want to improve your VM skills but still do some army stuff, join the REME.
 
#16
Do you have a sense of humour?

If you haven't don't bother, that is to say, can you still laugh and joke whilst up to your neck in freezing shite, trying to juggle three tasks at the same time, now that is fun.
 
#19
60% of the time it works every time.

Scores are filtering in when the test has been taken, there are just some other technical issues preventing people from taking the test.
Nice positive spin there, the company will be proud :)

As for the other 40% oh well, it’s not like we are turning people away due to us being full ^~
 

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