Applying for RA advice needed.

#1
Ok im going to selection for RA gunner crewman (with a view to specialising as opa/fst) next week. Im just a bit concerned really i have read a lot of posts about people that have already stated what regiment they want to join?

I have never once been asked this by my acio and i just assumed that i would choose during phase 2?

Am i up shit creak now will i get out of phase 2 and just get stuck somewhere or will i still be able to choose a reg?

Cheers for any help in advance.
 
#2
Hi,

You will be streamed to the trade you have applied for, slots permitting. During Phase One you will have a presentation of Regiments and you will be able to put your preferences down.

Where you end up will mostly be because of shortfalls in unit, unless you opted for either Para, Commando or Special Observer selection.

What job you do may change if you show particular aptitude's in certain areas or places being available on courses on Phase Two training at Larkhill.
 
#3
Cheers wellyhead. Am i right in thinking you dont choose your specialist trade till you are at larkhill? My recruiter seems to think all ra guys apply as gunner crewman and then at phase 2 they get to pick a specialisation?
 
#4
Then your recruiter needs a slap, you can apply for any of the jobs on the army website, including FST

Role Finder - British Army Website

Have a look at that website then go back to the ACIO



However this is more a preference to roles, you might find your self in an entirely different role that you started off from
 
#5
Well i hope he doesnt need a slap as he is a wo2 in the ra. i have spoken to him and he is still convinced you can only join as a gunner crewman and then specialise at larkhill during phase 2.
 
#6
It may of changed, tell you the truth that is probably the best way about it. There was a time you did a role specific course at Larkhill, but now everyone does the same set of training, which was the way of it back in my day.

I mentioned it because not long ago people were getting start dates to join as the likes of UAV ops and Observers. Which begged the question if everyone joining was going to work as either trade, where will all the Air Defenders, Radar ops, Gun Numbers, MLRS etc going to come from ?

Hopefully someone fresh through the system will pipe up and give you the latest info
 
#7
Then your recruiter needs a slap, you can apply for any of the jobs on the army website, including FST

Role Finder - British Army Website

Have a look at that website then go back to the ACIO



However this is more a preference to roles, you might find your self in an entirely different role that you started off from
Unfortunately your talking bollocks and the WO2 in the ACIO is 100% correct. (yep its all changed back again)

All RA now go RA Crewman but can put a preference of their ideal role during the selection process. If you score under 46 on the BARB test you can only go AS90, Light gun or logistics...if 46 or over then all other trades could be open to you.

As you say once near the end of Phase 2 there will be presentations by the RA SPSO and they will look at your preferences then and at the start of Phase 2 at larkhill. Still worth having an idea of what you want to go though.
 
#9
THE_IRON

Thanks for the upddate, I did say it might of changed, i was never into this whole pick your job route anyway

Christ when I joined up the chioces were Gnr Weapons, Gnr Comms and Gnr Tech, which transalation into 105 lt gun, Signals and Driving during Skill to Arm training
 
#10
Ok im going to selection for RA gunner crewman (with a view to specialising as opa/fst) next week. Im just a bit concerned really i have read a lot of posts about people that have already stated what regiment they want to join?

I have never once been asked this by my acio and i just assumed that i would choose during phase 2?

Am i up shit creak now will i get out of phase 2 and just get stuck somewhere or will i still be able to choose a reg?

Cheers for any help in advance.
I am in same situation as you mate. Going for RA Gunner. I have already passed selection and got the date for phase1 but i still dont know when do i pick the role i want. Different people r telling different things, recruiter says we ll decide in training. i think we need to stick to that now ! cheers
 
#11
Yes disregard previous comments by myself, there has been a change in the process and you will decide in training BARB scores and places permitting.

In the meantime have a look around, ask questions and think about the sort of role that you are interested in

Contrary to what some on here might lead you to believe, but we are here to help
 
#12
Best of luck mate i'm ex 40 Regt RA any burning issues drop me a PM.

Slagging off is very much a part of Army life it's nothing personal but you need to grow a thick skin.
 
#13
Thank you everybody for all your replies i really appreciate the help and advice. I go for selection in 24 hours now and am very excited.

@Hermes_R12 My old man is ex 1para and p company instructor ive received slagging all my life lol. I know how military slagging feels. I call it banter.
 
#14
Yes disregard previous comments by myself, there has been a change in the process and you will decide in training BARB scores and places permitting.In the meantime have a look around, ask questions and think about the sort of role that you are interested inContrary to what some on here might lead you to believe, but we are here to help
Its not abuse its constructed critisism, yes mate at times it seems were re inventing the wheel and it all goes full circle with the ways they chop and change the Recruiting/training world.
 
#17
Ok so here is the update. I have been medically deffered due to some things from my medical history. However i was allowed to do adsc and get all of my grades logged. As long as the army doctor i have to see says i am fit for service i will pass with a good B grade. The Dr that did my medical and the officer that interviewed me both said that it was more of a paperwork thing and there shouldnt be anything to worry about. All in all it was a really good 2 days and im a happy boy.
 

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