Army or Royal Navy?

Ravers

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I don’t think they’re proper apprenticeships in the traditional sense of the word.

Looks like the RN have just relabelled every job as an apprenticeship now.

With the exception of Comms Tech, the warfare roles don’t get a decent qualification. It’ll be a BTEC level 2 in some random subject.

Go engineer. Get a BEng.
 
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If you can't get that to work the Army don't need ya so join the Navy ;)
 

Ravers

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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
Serious reply here.

Why are you not considering going aircrew of some description? Fair enough, if spanners and stuff are your thing, but believe me nothing beats the feeling of strapping one of the Queen's expensive toys to your behind and getting airborne.

If it's medical, then fair enough, or if you don't want to fly then fair enough as well. But don't dismiss any flying job, as I'm sure @beefer , @Magic_Mushroom, @Jorrocks and others can testify to.

Oh, and did I mention that the money is better, decent beds, the occasional gucci deployment somewhere pleasant (and lots not so pleasant)????? And chicks dig flying suits.
 

P.O.N.T.I

War Hero
Like @Ravers I served first in the RN and then the Army, HAC in Ravers case.

Given your preferred roles, there is nothing there that will make you particularly attractive to a civvy employer.
Infantry and gunner......life in holes, eat poor rations, shit in a hole next to your mates. Not much world travel or action right now.
Any Naval role, you get to sleep in a bunk between watches, food is good, proper toilets and showers.
World travel guaranteed, all a lot better than the above,even if your preferred Naval roles do not make you super employable.
Use your education to your advantage

"Infantry Solider
Light Gunner
That’s it at the moment
Navy:
Warfare Specialist
Warfare Officer
Seaman Specialist "


Get as much education as you can while it is free.
@Ravers is more current than me in matters Naval.
Good luck with whatever you choose, I do not regret a moment of my service.
As has been said,they will be the best years of your life.
 
Serious reply here.

Why are you not considering going aircrew of some description? Fair enough, if spanners and stuff are your thing, but believe me nothing beats the feeling of strapping one of the Queen's expensive toys to your behind and getting airborne.

If it's medical, then fair enough, or if you don't want to fly then fair enough as well. But don't dismiss any flying job, as I'm sure @beefer , @Magic_Mushroom, @Jorrocks and others can testify to.

Oh, and did I mention that the money is better, decent beds, the occasional gucci deployment somewhere pleasant (and lots not so pleasant)????? And chicks dig flying suits.
You had me at the end not gonna lie.
 
Serious reply here.

Why are you not considering going aircrew of some description? Fair enough, if spanners and stuff are your thing, but believe me nothing beats the feeling of strapping one of the Queen's expensive toys to your behind and getting airborne.

If it's medical, then fair enough, or if you don't want to fly then fair enough as well. But don't dismiss any flying job, as I'm sure @beefer , @Magic_Mushroom, @Jorrocks and others can testify to.

Oh, and did I mention that the money is better, decent beds, the occasional gucci deployment somewhere pleasant (and lots not so pleasant)????? And chicks dig flying suits.
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Do you mean any role in the fleet air arm?
 

Rumun

Swinger
I chose the RN for the travel option alone "Join the Navy, see the World". I did 6 years and had some great deployments including some quality stops like Seychelles, Mauritius and Singapore.

There's pros and cons with most jobs. I was in the branch that is now called Communication and information specialist (I think former OMC). If your going Warfare branch I'd recommend Comms.

As well as all the usual sensible stuff about future transferable skills for civy Street I'd add that being comms also offers you some great shoreside postings in Comcens worldwide which wouldn't be available to a large part of the R.N. I had a great 6 months at Whitehall (extra pay and civy flat) and I've friends who had postings to comcens in Gibraltar and Naples.

If travel in any way interests you pick the Navy.

Edited job title due to skim reading of current RN website.
 
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Acomm and food etc normally better. more chance of being treated like a grown up
You been out for a while. RAF accomadation and food has been shit for 10 years plus
 
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
Most people i know wish they had joined the RAF, better food, better accommodation, more grown up all round really.

If you just want to fight though then the choice is obvious, the parachute regt.
 
Most people i know wish they had joined the RAF, better food, better accommodation, more grown up all round really.

If you just want to fight though then the choice is obvious, the parachute regt.
No anymore. Trust me. I did my last 5 years with the the RAF. Finishing two years ago.
Food, bunks, treatment of SACs was shit
 

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