Basic at ATR Winchester: Exact joining date?

#1
:frustrated:
Was told by careers office that my joining month is June but wasn't told an exact date. Was promised that I would be receiving paperwork - that was 7 weeks ago. Nothing arrived yet. I need the info of the exact date in June asap. Am frustrated that after I passed all the tests the careers office doesn't seem to have much interest in giving me needed information.
Can anyone tell me how long before the joining date one usually receives the exact date?
 
#3
The last time I phoned the WO2 was very short and unfriendly (as if I was getting on his nerves). I even offered to go in to talk to him to find out details only to receive the answer - "There's no need for you to come in anymore, I shall send you the details/paperwork", which I've been waiting for since. I don't feel comfortable in phoning again due to his response during the last phone call
 
#6
Well about 2/3 weeks before you start basic training. Don't worry.. This is just the British Army for you! You'll be fine just enjoy the rest of your civi life.
 
#8
Lee21 said:
The last time I phoned the WO2 was very short and unfriendly (as if I was getting on his nerves). I even offered to go in to talk to him to find out details only to receive the answer - "There's no need for you to come in anymore, I shall send you the details/paperwork", which I've been waiting for since. I don't feel comfortable in phoning again due to his response during the last phone call
He's warming you up... Never expect a WO2 to be friendly to you. Especially not the ones in training. Just keep your fitness up and get used to being fcuked about... You have between 4 and 22 years of it to look forward to.
 
#10
TomSmytheUK said:
Well about 2/3 weeks before you start basic training. Don't worry.. This is just the British Army for you! You'll be fine just enjoy the rest of your civi life.
The problem is: I have to give in my notice for the job I'm doing now in time before I leave for basic training.
Where do I take the oath? I'm living in Germany at the moment.
 
#11
Joining Instructions are normally sent out from the ATR about a month prior to your form up date.

As for taking the Oath I would have thought you would take it at the ACIO you were recruited at but if not there is scope to take the Oath on the day you arrive at the ATR.

(Edit due to typo)
 
#12
Thanks for your info Modfather.
I'm sure that there will be time enough to take the oath at the ATR if I douldn't have done it here beforehand
 
#14
Hurry up and wait is a term referred to getting beasted from point A to point B in treble time just to be waiting around. Generally described as a culture. (I'm sure someone could describe this better than me!!)
 
#15
LondonPam said:
My son takes his oath tomorrow and is off to Winchester in just over two weeks. He was told his date last October!
I can't believe the differences in time one is informed about joining dates. I call something like that BAD/NON EXISTENT organisation. Sad!!!
 
#16
stabandswat said:
Hurry up and wait is a term referred to getting beasted from point A to point B in treble time just to be waiting around. Generally described as a culture. (I'm sure someone could describe this better than me!!)
Thank you for clearing that up for me :numberone:
 
#17
I Recently passed my selection but before i went to selection i was given a job promise and was told i would start basic on the 8th october. After passing selection my army careers office told me that i would be asked to take my oath about 2 weeks before i was due to start , so its a case of being patient . :frustrated:
 
#18
Lee21 said:
I can't believe the differences in time one is informed about joining dates. I call something like that BAD/NON EXISTENT organisation. Sad!!!
The delay can often be to minimise the wait you may face after finishing Phase 1 (basic training) and moving onto Phase 2 (trade training). Whilst most ATRs would be in a position to fill their intakes to capacity there is little point if recruits/trained soldiers are then waiting for a number of months doing guard duty and other dull jobs before their trade training starts.

Whilst it may appear poor admin to you there is a degree of logic to this.
 
#19
Modfather said:
Lee21 said:
I can't believe the differences in time one is informed about joining dates. I call something like that BAD/NON EXISTENT organisation. Sad!!!
The delay can often be to minimise the wait you may face after finishing Phase 1 (basic training) and moving onto Phase 2 (trade training). Whilst most ATRs would be in a position to fill their intakes to capacity there is little point if recruits/trained soldiers are then waiting for a number of months doing guard duty and other dull jobs before their trade training starts.

Whilst it may appear poor admin to you there is a degree of logic to this.
What I meant was: The difference in time finding out the exact joining date for basic training differs very much. I'm sure that once one is booked in for a date to start, it can't be so difficult to let the future trainee know asap so that he/she is informed. In this case, June was quoted a couple of months ago with the promise to send the exact date and paperwork and nothing has arrived as yet. That is what I find sad!!
 
#20
Headquarters Recruiting Group issue Joining Instructions via "Recruiting Bulletins. Your Rceruiter will send them as soon as he gets them. Even so he shouldn't be cnut to you YET. Any problems PM me and I'll have a look for you.
 

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