Army or Royal Navy?

Hi, I’m new here so I don’t know if this is the correct place for this thread but oh well.
After I have completed my a levels I am going to either do an apprenticeship with the army or navy but I’m not sure which one to pick. I want to work in combat/warfare regardless.
I also asked the same question on navy net but I wanted to ask it on here to get a balanced response. I’d appreciate any responses that can help me decide.
Cheers
 
You mention both combat, and Apprentiships. The army has three main trade formations, The royal engineers, The Royal electrical & mechanical engineers,, REME, and the Royal corps of signals, all have many electrical mechanical and associated skills that will stand you in good stead throughout your military career. All Tradesmen are first and foremost trained soldiers, and the three I highlighted, when deployed into the field, combine both practises. I cannot speak for the Royal Navy or Royal Air force.

What ever trade or profession you chose, it will stand you in good stead when you are discharged, it will give you a good grounding, and a advantage over a non trade career in The Military. Trade skills are normally on a higher pay band.

Other contributors on this site will have far more detailed information on what ever path you choose. Good luck.
Go for it, it will be the best years of your life.:)
 
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With a user name of 'Piddling on Fish' you may have answered your own question: Navy. Likewise 'Bang Bang I'm a Tank' would suggest the ruffty tuffty Army. ;)

It really depends on what YOU want to get out of a career in the Armed Forces. Do some research on trade skills from both the Army & Navy you may see something that strikes your fancy and wish to continue doing that trade after your service.

Whichever you choose best of luck, you won't regret it.
 
Here's a serious suggestion Fish Piddler: Read the recent threads on Arrse Chieftain Accidents by @Steve811 and @Ravers Navy Dits both give a valuable insight into Army & Navy life.

Spend a day or two reading stories from here and Navy Net.
 
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Have you looked at any roles in the RN or Army?
 
Well give us a clue then, there may be people on here in those roles who could give you an opinion.
 
Well give us a clue then, there may be people on here in those roles who could give you an opinion.
I would’ve put the thread wouldn’t let me do anything. For Army:
Infantry Solider
Light Gunner
That’s it at the moment
Navy:
Warfare Specialist
Warfare Officer
Seaman Specialist
 
I would’ve put the thread wouldn’t let me do anything. For Army:
Infantry Solider
Light Gunner
That’s it at the moment
Navy:
Warfare Specialist
Warfare Officer
Seaman Specialist
Any particular reason you have selected these? you obviously have GCSEs which will give you a greater selection of roles.
 

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Contact your AFCO to enquire about a Look at Life Course. Both the Army & Royal Marines do this. Unsure about the wider RN & RAF.

They are allocated by region for groups ofstudents from local schools and colleges, males &females, usually offering around 12 places pergroup. They generally don't permit single students as teaching staff have to accompany their students on this residential course.

I'd suggest that a good start would be to thoroughly research the roles in order to make an informed decision. There is no substitute for seeing for yourself; everyone is a product of their ownexperience and will generally look to sway you oneway or the other depending on their own viewpoint.
 
Have you had a look at Ammunition Technician

 

Ravers

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I would’ve put the thread wouldn’t let me do anything. For Army:
Infantry Solider
Light Gunner
That’s it at the moment
Navy:
Warfare Specialist
Warfare Officer
Seaman Specialist
Navy bloke here.

Having been in the branch that was the predecessor of Warfare Specialist and Seaman Specialist, I can confidently say that both are fairly shit jobs truth be told.

You‘ll do a little bit of sexy stuff like driving boats, shooting guns etc. But the vast majority is cleaning, painting and getting stitched up for jobs like standing on the gangway for 6 hours. These jobs do not require any formal qualifications for entry and you will be treated as such.

If you have A levels, do everything you possibly can to go officer.

You mentioned above that engineering isn’t your bag, but you also mention wanting to do an apprenticeship. The only apprenticeships in the RN are for the engineering branches. I would seriously take a look at these as they are probably the best apprenticeships currently on offer anywhere in the UK.

Weapons Engineers get to do all the good shit Warfare Specialists do anyway. Except we get paid more, get promoted quicker and get fantastic jobs when we eventually leave.

Whichever branch you do go for, you will have unrivalled travel opportunities that the other services can only look on with envious eyes. In 6 years I went to 42 different countries. And nice ones like Barbados and Thailand, not just shit ones made of sand.

Edited to add: the Army smell funny and eat their own young.
 
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Navy bloke here.

Weapons Engineers get to do all the good shit Warfare Specialists do anyway. Except we get paid more, get promoted quicker and get fantastic jobs marry into the aristocracy when we eventually leave.
:bow:
 
@Ravers Is artificer route still open to direct entrants?
 

Ravers

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@Ravers Is artificer route still open to direct entrants?
Yes but no.

They binned artificers in about 2007 or 08. Then a few years back they realised that it was a massive mistake and brought in fast track engineering technicians, which is pretty much the same in all but name.

You still do an apprenticeship, still get promoted quicker and still get a degree at the end of it.
 
Navy bloke here.

Having been in the branch that was the predecessor of Warfare Specialist and Seaman Specialist, I can confidently say that both are fairly shit jobs truth be told.

You‘ll do a little bit of sexy stuff like driving boats, shooting guns etc. But the vast majority is cleaning, painting and getting stitched up for jobs like standing on the gangway for 6 hours. These jobs do not require any formal qualifications for entry and you will be treated as such.

If you have A levels, do everything you possibly can to go officer.

You mentioned above that engineering isn’t your bag, but you also mention wanting to do an apprenticeship. The only apprenticeships in the RN are for the engineering branches. I would seriously take a look at these as they are probably the best apprenticeships currently on offer anywhere in the UK.

Weapons Engineers get to do all the good shit Warfare Specialists do anyway. Except we get paid more, get promoted quicker and get fantastic jobs when we eventually leave.

Whichever branch you do go for, you will have unrivalled travel opportunities that the other services can only look on with envious eyes. In 6 years I went to 42 different countries. And nice ones like Barbados and Thailand, not just shit ones made of sand.

Edited to add: the Army smell funny and eat their own young.
I just checked the website and they do have apprenticeships in the warfare branch. I’m still not sure though.
 

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