Best qualifications role with Army Reserve?

m18

Crow
Hello,

Just wondering what the best qualifications i will get for a certain army reserve role?

Not too sure if you get your B, C and D driving license when you become Technical Support Specialist with REME
Thanks
 
It takes a while for whatever you might get. You need to get through your basic military training and basic role training too - which can take a couple of years in itself if you are working for a living.

And trust me, they are switched on to blokes who want to join and pick up free driving licences never to be seen again.
 
You can get your class b with most regiments as well as cat c as well. With the rlc you will get c+e.
I think you can get plant equipment license with the royal engineers.
 

Hohenidoom

Clanker
For the RLC, as has been said above - the ability to get a *hell* of a lot of decent licences AND get paid for it is pretty much the high point. Saves you a good deal if you compare it to civvy street, as the Army never ceases to shout.
 
There’s a multitude of possibilities, do you have any specific direction you want to go in?
 
Difficult to answer, you will definitely gain a lot of soft skills, that employers value - discipline, leadership etc. You may even get driving courses, but someone else may be able to answer the possibility of that.

If you want infantry, go for it, just enjoy life. You can always transfer to another unit once you feel you want something different.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
In the infantry you might, if you are lucky, get some basic driving licences. There are few other transferable courses until you have hung around for longer than most do.

12 to 24 months to get trained, a year to include a unit annual camp to get to work within the unit, perhaps a junior NCO course. That is about enough to get you towards something which may be transferable.

However, the training you will do will far outweigh the fun of driving a truck - if infantry work is what floats your boat.
 

m18

Crow
Difficult to answer, you will definitely gain a lot of soft skills, that employers value - discipline, leadership etc. You may even get driving courses, but someone else may be able to answer the possibility of that.

If you want infantry, go for it, just enjoy life. You can always transfer to another unit once you feel you want something different.
Oh cool. What's the rule if i want to transfer to a different unit? Like I obviously need to do more training but what exactly?
 
I was a regular and am on rocky ground if I tried to advise you on reserve matters, people like The_Duke and Bravo Bravo May be able to offer decent advice.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
Oh cool. What's the rule if i want to transfer to a different unit? Like I obviously need to do more training but what exactly?
Your core basic training modules will be transferable, but special to arm less so. If you spend a few years in the infantry and then chose to go to the gunners, you will almost certainly need to do some basic trade specific courses.

Transferring between units in the reserve is relatively routine as people move, change jobs, want to try something different. However, each move may result in retraining and almost certainly a settling in period before you get to the top of the transferable (read potentially money earning) course list.
 
I would add that if you do time in the infantry, it will stand you in good stead if you later transfer to a Corps.
 
My inf unit ran Cat B and HGV courses fairly often.
It’ll depend on the unit, on their requirements and on their MT Pl.
 
My inf unit ran Cat B and HGV courses fairly often.
It’ll depend on the unit, on their requirements and on their MT Pl.
How long ago was that GFP? Isn’t B vehicle acquisition centralised through Leconfield now?
 
How long ago was that GFP? Isn’t B vehicle acquisition centralised through Leconfield now?
Definitely still going on 18 months ago, and if my old pl WhatsApp is accurate, still going on now.
 

tiny_recy_mac

Old-Salt
YOU need to pick what qual's you want from the reserve and go from there. Do you want something to complement your civi CV, something completely different or something to fall back on if you find yourself unemployed? While skills like discipline and leadership will hold you in good stead in any interview if you want to fix plant machinery you need the certs to go with it. Be aware though as said above it can be a long time to get these qualifications.

I joined the REME because I like to fix stuff however as they were only taking vocational mechanics at the time into VM roles I went recovery mechanic. We were a small LAD at the time and the opportunities to learn and get hands on tools was still there when there was no recovery work. Since then I have got my C, C+E and ADR which I wanted as my back up plan if I ever found myself unemployed. Also there is very little on a car or truck I cannot fix however these skills are not backed up by official quals. The skills/quals I have earned have nothing to do with my shiny arrse office job.

ETA: Tech stores will get you a C and C+E eventually but it is not priority. Every role in the Army is lining itself up with real world qual's even down to ILM certs for infantry CLM's. There is no 'best qual' they all have their advantages to different civi roles.
 
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Just_plain_you

War Hero
You could join the infantry and put your AR pay / bounty towards paying for the driving quals you want.
 
depends what you want out of it, a trade you can use in civvy street or something different.
cat c or c+e useful as is adr and tanks, then you get to move fuel and get trained to industry standard?
up to you, infantry lots of running around, reme lots of trades some useful some not.

in the end it is what you want to get out of it and your time in the reserve forces.
 

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