Best career route for the future...

#1
Hey all... I've been thinking about the armed forces for quite a while now, I nearly joined the RAF last year but decided to carry on with college.

I'm thinking of joining the Army, but I'm worried about my future, does anyone know the best army career to choose (soldier) which would benefit a lot in the civilian world when leaving the Army?

I want to be apart of the action in combat ways, but not completely, because I know there ain't too many civilan qualities for that, no disrespect to anyone though.

Or am I asking a bit much?

Thanks guys! :)
 
#2
you could try anything signals based or engineers or REME. All will give you a good career in the forces and a good base out of the forces depending on how much time you stay in the services.
 
#3
If you want to have a combat role then go for it mate.

You shouldn't let your worries about after the Army hold you back.

I'm in Sixth Form at the moment. I got six A's, three B's and a C at GCSE last year, but I came to the decision that I was going to quit and join the Army.

I applied to join the infantry as a soldier, but unfortunately got rejected a couple of weeks ago on medical terms.

My point is, if a soldier combat role is what you want to do, which it obviously is or you wouldn't have mentioned it, then go down the combat route and don't look back. Everyone (including my dad who is an ex-REME soldier) was telling me to join as an officer, or to get a trade if I decided to join as a soldier, but neither of them was what I wanted to do, so I applied for infantry soldier.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.
 
#5
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Can I refer you to this link, in which I gave a picture about what RLC Communication Specialists do.

Not only do you get all BOWMAN quals (signal qualifications), you'll get all driving quals and lots of other gucci stuff along the way.

Before others start saying "But Loggies aren't combat", as a Comms Spec, we reguarly have United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) ask around for versatile Communicators, we also have a Logistics Air Assault Regiment (13AA) and have a Commando Logistic Regt, who both cut it fine during contacts.
 
#6
sarge_massage_my_passage said:
we also have a Logistics Air Assault Regiment (13AA) and have a Commando Logistic Regt, who both cut it fine during contacts.
No they don't! They drive wagons full of kit to where its needed like any other trog regiment.
 
#7
spaz said:
sarge_massage_my_passage said:
we also have a Logistics Air Assault Regiment (13AA) and have a Commando Logistic Regt, who both cut it fine during contacts.
No they don't! They drive wagons full of kit to where its needed like any other trog regiment.
You're talking about the regiments and not Comms Specs, and so will I: So our Ammo Techs, you know, the ones who specialise in Bomb Disposal, don't cut it fine whilst diffusing an IED and under fire so the Infantry can push on?
 
#8
spaz said:
sarge_massage_my_passage said:
we also have a Logistics Air Assault Regiment (13AA) and have a Commando Logistic Regt, who both cut it fine during contacts.
No they don't! They drive wagons full of kit to where its needed like any other trog regiment.
Apparently the Cdo Logistics Regt are having fairly regular contacts on ops at the moment, and handling them quite well. Just a rumour I heard, and if you've got access to back issues of Navy News you'll find an article about them in there.
 
#9
sarge_massage_my_passage said:
spaz said:
sarge_massage_my_passage said:
we also have a Logistics Air Assault Regiment (13AA) and have a Commando Logistic Regt, who both cut it fine during contacts.
No they don't! They drive wagons full of kit to where its needed like any other trog regiment.
You're talking about the regiments and not Comms Specs, and so will I: So our Ammo Techs, you know, the ones who specialise in Bomb Disposal, don't cut it fine whilst diffusing an IED and under fire so the Infantry can push on?
Eh? You suggested that 13AA and Cdo Log are running around the place getting in loads of contacts. I am saying they do the same job on Herrick as any other RLC Regt doing the same job, i.e CLPs ISGs and Log Nodes. Are you saying they do something differently?

Where in my post did I say the RLC don't get out on the ground?
 
#10
GMan187 said:
Hey all... I've been thinking about the armed forces for quite a while now, I nearly joined the RAF last year but decided to carry on with college.

I'm thinking of joining the Army, but I'm worried about my future, does anyone know the best army career to choose (soldier) which would benefit a lot in the civilian world when leaving the Army?

I want to be apart of the action in combat ways, but not completely, because I know there ain't too many civilan qualities for that, no disrespect to anyone though.

Or am I asking a bit much?

Thanks guys! :)
if you havnt done the pathfinder job selector then do that dont listen to anyone that says do this its ur future some like combat some dont do ur research mate best of luck
 
#11
Bravo_Zulu said:
spaz said:
sarge_massage_my_passage said:
we also have a Logistics Air Assault Regiment (13AA) and have a Commando Logistic Regt, who both cut it fine during contacts.
No they don't! They drive wagons full of kit to where its needed like any other trog regiment.
Apparently the Cdo Logistics Regt are having fairly regular contacts on ops at the moment, and handling them quite well. Just a rumour I heard, and if you've got access to back issues of Navy News you'll find an article about them in there.
I expect they are. Just like the Log regt before them and the one before that.
 
#12
spaz said:
Eh? You suggested that 13AA and Cdo Log are running around the place getting in loads of contacts.
I never stated that either Regt were getting LOADS of contacts, of course they're getting contacted, and when they do reports of their response is good. This was to illustrate that Loggies do get involved in the good stuff as well.

spaz said:
I am saying they do the same job on Herrick as any other RLC Regt doing the same job, i.e CLPs ISGs and Log Nodes. Are you saying they do something differently?
Slightly different, in that the Cdo Log boys have (or at least should have) passed all arms Commando course and are attached to 3 Commando Brigade, who get involved in alot more action then most Log Regts. Same goes for 13 Air Assault and their affiliation to 16 AA Brigade.

I think we're deviating away from the original thread too much, let's just hope the young lad takes from this that you don't need to join the Infantry to get involved in Combat, Engineers and Artillery also do a sterling job and get their hands dirty too.
 
#13
Sigs are great to join especially if you join as a tech or whatever they are this week (and im an operator btw, lots of fun : ) ). you get fast promotion and some really good civvy IT quals that you can fall back on and get a 35k a year job no probs. Operators get more fun than other trades though but the civvy quals are not going to be as good unless you pass 18 sigs (UKSF - SAS) course or another specialist role. We also have airborne and commando guys. (PS - UKSF - Signals capbadge ;) )
 
#14
Thanks for the replies guys. :)

I really enjoy the combat part of the Army and stuff, but I want to secure a good future, not trying to be too picky but just that time in my life where I need to make major decisions, I'm sure you've all been there.

I have the equivalent of 2 A Levels, NCFE in Uniformed Services Level 3... not sure if the Army would accept this as an A Level though.

I'm sure if I keep researching I'll finally find the right job for me.

(Hope my girlfriend don't mind me joining the Army lol).
 
#15
Remember that in the infantry you can specialise (sp?) in a "trade" a couple of years after being a rifleman. You can specialise in signals... combat engineer.. there's a whole range. Worth having a look.
 
#16
Looked at a few and 2 really appeal to me...

They are:

Royal Artillery Gunner Light Gun
Royal Artillery Gunner AS90

It says all soldiers are learnt how to drive a Land Rover so that means you'll get a driving license right?
And also learn how to use a BOWMAN Secure Communications System... is this used in the civilian world?

They also allow you to become an apprentice in logistics or telecommunications for the future, not bad.

:)

Can anyone go in more depth about these 2?
 
#17
A lot depends on how long you want to stay in for. I would recommend the following trades in the Royal Engineers:

Plant Operator Mechanic. A very enjoyable trade, one that you do a lot of in the Corps. Lots of responsiblity at an early stage of your career so good promotion oppertunityies. Also if you are quite intelligent you can go Clerk of Works (Construction), Clerk of Works (Mechanical) or Military Plant Foreman.
Fitter General (then doing your Class One as Fitter Equipment)
Design Draughtman (quality trade for civvy street, a decent draughty can pull in £30 - 35k quite easily in the UK, working for KBR in Afghanistan you will get £52K tax free)
Survey Engineer. Another quality trade, you will find many ex RE suveyors working on some huge projects such as the new Chunnel Rail Link, the M2 upgrade works etc.

I would do anything which says Comms Specialist. It is a carp job. I don't know many signallers who say I love being a signaller. On a similar vein I wouldn't join the Royal Signals either. You just end up as some staff officers biatch on exercise running around putting up tents and fetching them brews. I am being deadly serious about that as well.
 

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#18
You do not need to look for a combat role that leads directly to a civvy job. You can do your time in combat then transfer into a shiny-arrse corps where you can get a shoe-into-civvy-street trade.

I did seven years in armoured recce (now formation recce), did tours of NI and UNFICYP and a lot of time in BAOR during the cold war.

Then one day I got fed up, transferred to the RAPC (AGC(SPS) or something now) where I learned mainframe computing skills (AFAIK they have stopped using the mainframe but that is neither here nor there). I now have a very comfortable job with a multinational IT megacorporation that will see me until I retire thank you very much.

Simon Murray did better. He spent five years in 2REP of the Foreign Legion before becoming a banker. Last time I looked, he was one of the top executives at Orange. I think he may have cheated by having money and connections, though.

If you want to go for a combat arm now, while you can, do it: when the chance has passed you by, you'll regret it. When the time comes to think about a job outside, then worry about it. I saw my seven years in the RAPC as a very long resettlement course.