Aerospace company or Sandhurst

#1
​Hello there,

I currently have a job with a high profile defence company However I also got a acceptance letter to Sandhurst with a start date for May 2013. I am posting on here having seen lots of advice for others and I was wondering if people could give me their opinions whether to join the army or not.

Kind Regards.
 
#2
I did it the other way round. Army first then joined a couple of major defence companies.

Go away, join up, have some fun and then go back to BAE Systems or Thales or whatever.
 
#6
​Hello there,

I currently have a job with a high profile defence company However I also got a acceptance letter to Sandhurst with a start date for May 2013. I am posting on here having seen lots of advice for others and I was wondering if people could give me their opinions whether to join the army or not.

Kind Regards.
Corrected to read:

I currently have a job with a high profile defence company[.] However[,] I also got [received] a [an] acceptance letter to [for] Sandhurst with a start date for [in]May 2013. I am posting [] here having seen lots of advice [provided]for others and I was wondering if people [any members] could [would] give [offer] [] their opinion[] [on]whether to join the army or not.

Clearly for you...not!

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#8
​Hello there,

I currently have a job with a high profile defence company However I also got a acceptance letter to Sandhurst with a start date for May 2013. I am posting on here having seen lots of advice for others and I was wondering if people could give me their opinions whether to join the army or not.

Kind Regards.
So you need assistance in deciding whether to lead the Queen's soldiers or to make rich men richer still?
If that's the level of your motivation, do you really think that you'll last to the end of week 5?
You stay where you are son, you've answered your own question.

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jrwlynch

LE
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#9
jew want to spend yor time with pedants like the bloke abuv me?

Stick at your civi job get paid significantly more, join the TA, do tours, shoot shit, simple.
I wouldn't bet on the "get paid more" unless they're in a very niche trade, and those tend to be contract not full-time. Entry level in the defence business generally isn't bad, but military pay goes up further and faster.
 
#10
​Hello there,

I currently have a job with a high profile defence company However I also got a acceptance letter to Sandhurst with a start date for May 2013. I am posting on here having seen lots of advice for others and I was wondering if people could give me their opinions whether to join the army or not.

Kind Regards.
Does your job have great prospects, is there a ladder to climb or are you at the top of it? What age are you and what do you want out of life? Do you want 4 years in the army with the possibility of limb loss or worse or the other side of the coin a lifetime in the army? Or do you want a wife and kids who you go home to every night all of the year with a safer job? All questions you should ask yourself and then follow your heart and don't have any regrets
 
#11
I had a position offered in a defence fi rm, but realised as a graduate engineer, it would be dullsville. This was confirmed on my year in industry.

A few times I've wondered if I would have been better doing the engineer thing, not the Army, but it would have been working to live with the civvi firm, whereas the "job" in the Army was much more.

No regrets. Wi out knowing what your defence job is, whether you enjoy it or not and whether you stand a chance at passing RMAS, hard to advise more than that.
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#12
Defence industry and a way out? Get out and get out now. It's a declining industry with fewer and fewer jobs every year, redundancies in every major defence contractor and generally poorly paid against comparable roles in other industries.
 
#14
Bouillabaisse...are you talking about the Armed Forces, or the Defence Industry? Hard to tell...
Indeed, he could join an organisation with a dismal record of failure and an inability to manage project within budget or he could join BAe - what's the difference? ;-)
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
Indeed, he could join an organisation with a dismal record of failure and an inability to manage project within budget or he could join BAe - what's the difference? ;-)

If he kills lots of people whilst in the army he gets a medal; if he does the same working for BAE he gets transfered to the quality department.
 
#16
Depends what the OP hopes to commission into.

Some Corps and Regiments are worthy of ridicule and will never match any defence company in a month of Sundays, others however . . .


PS. Just love it when people ask 'should I or shouldn't I . .', the very fact they're asking means they clearly shouldn't go for it or be accepted, dithering twats
 
#17
If he kills lots of people whilst in the army he gets a medal; if he does the same working for BAE he still gets a medal, but will have to wait until the New Year Honours are released.
Fixed it for you! No charge
 
#18
Defence is contracting in size so you may not be able to rely on a full career in the industry in any event. If you want to stay in your job you could look at the TA as they are expanding (one of the few areas of Defence growth) and there is a demand for DE TA officers. Not sure how good the standard will be given the sharp expansion to meet political demands. However, go into Waterstones and have a look at the bookshelves. You won't find many peole hanging around the Defence manufacturing section. Me? I'd join the Army for a few years and have a bit of a grin. If you are as indecisive as you sound there are a number of Corps which may be interested in giving you a start.
 
#19
You will most likely be able to join the defense industry in the future.

To have a second crack at Sandhurst would, I suspect, be near impossible.

From my mostly civilian view of things, if you have a slot at Sandhurst, seize it with both hands. For the rest of your life you'll be able to say you where a British Army Officer.

FWIW, thats what I'd do in your shoes.

BB
 
#20
To be brutally honest if you have to ask this question in a public forum I would say go with the Defence job. You are unlikely to get it later as tranche 3/4/5 of the redundancy waves will be there at the trough before you.
As to a second chance at RMAS, having been out of the big white factory for decades I am not the person to ask but I would suspect it was highly unlikely.
The whole Armed Forces and Defence supplier gig is going to be very interesting and competitive over the next few years, as the Germany and Afghanistan draw downs begin in 2014/15.
 

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