Hate to mention this but youre joining the Army ! If they say youre going abroad to a posting then you go abroad.. simple as that. Why oh why do you want to stay in the UK ? Get yourself overseas and see what the world has to offer.. read some of the tales of derring-do on this site to see what escapades the chaps and chappesses got up to.. live a little ! And lets face it.. with the world as it is at the moment, theres a good possibility that youre going to be spending some time in a hot sandy place for 6 months at a time...
If you cant let go of your moms apron strings or bear to be away from your girlfriend then do you really want to join up ????
If you are a taff, the QDGs is YOUR regiment. It is based in Germany. Or you could (IIRC) join the HCR, they are based in London, and I doubt they'll ever move, unless it is to destroy parlimentry roundheads.
Like ExScaleyBleep says. Your joining the Army. Get used to the idea of being away from home. You could join a unit based in UK, which then rotates out to Germany and vice versa.
Why do you want to stay in UK anyway? Much better lifestyle abroad. Germany is top fun.
Why do you want to join the RAC. Anyother capbadge interest you?
what ???? would you care to expand on that.. preferably in human speak... you asked for advice.. at least have the decency to respond in kind and offer some justification on what you want/would like to do with your (potential) Army career...
This isn't me having a pop at you.. but others will if you don't learn very quickly about banter and respect.
Yeah but you also said you wanted to be based in the UK?
This is the Army, you sign up, you get told what to do and where you are going, okay you might have some input as to where you want to serve but get used to the fact that you do as you are told and not as you like.
If at this early stage you are in the process of thinking "i want" instead of " i will just get on with it" you arent going to enjoy life i can assure you, as a trooper in the RAC you are going abroad
Why not look in our bit of the forum then??? Besides advice on what not to drink, and how we all hate the 9/12th we actually may have some relevant posts. BUT whatever Reg you join your going abroad and somewhere Hot and Sandy
It varies, if you mean on operational tours, you are looking at 6 months away at a time. If you mean posting- ie; Germany- Your regiment could be there from as little as 2 years before moving. Be aware though, my Regiment (also RAC) have been in Germany since I joined in 1999. They were there before that, and don't look to be moving anytime soon either.
It has been said before, but you should expect to take a trip away from the valleys and fleecey girlfriends sooner rather than later, it really is the best way to make the most of life. The UK is crap these days, I joined up to get away from it an see more of the world.
If you have a good reason (family commitment, ill relative, whatever), then the lads' points are valid - you will go away, even if you join a UK CR2 Regt (of which I think there are a couple around Salisbury Plain - KRH?). It's like this:
Exercise in the UK - probably only on Salisbury Plain for CR2, but could be 6 weeks.
Exercise in Canada - at least 2 months of the year, but you might be lucky and do a Back to Back - 4-5 months. Most units will do this each year.
Exercises in Poland and/or Germany - depends on what your Regiment are up to and what the Brigade they support are doing. But could be every year.
Operations - one 6 month tour about every 2 years.
So reckon on being in the UK, in Barracks, for about 6 months of the year, if that. then throw in all the "normal" things that go on. If you are looking to join the Army to remain an hour away from home, go back every weekend and see your mates/girlfriend/mum then you might not be too happy.
I joined the SCOTS DG because I wanted to be in Germany and wanted to be on MBT. Guess what, we're taking Bulldog to Iraq soon. So whatever regiment you join, MBT or not, doesn't mean you will get what you want.