best unit to join?

#1
hi, im starting basic soon and going in the reme as a vechile mechanic. can anybody let me no what units are the best to join? i would like to get posted in germany. cheers
 
#2
Nog,

Welcome to the Army, to REME and ARRSE! I hope you enjoy your time.

As a Class 3 tradesman you will not have much choice where you are posted - MCM Div (the posting authority) decides where you go. You can express a preference, but there is nothing to stop them ignoring you!

As it happens, only one third of postings in REME are now in Germany. Two thirds are in the UK, so it is more than likely that you will end up in the UK.

However, that is a long way in the future. First.you have to pass basic training, and then convince the REME that you are suitable for training as a vehicle mechanic. Then you pass the trade training in Bordon (Bordon is a special part of the test :lol: ) and specialise in tanks or trucks. And pass that bit. Only then are you posted to a unit - any unit with a vacancy. It's a lucky dip in that respect. You might get a good unit, and you might get a bad unit (but there are precious few of them). A unit (or a posting) is what YOU make of it. Sit in the corner and complain that you have ended up in Tidworth when you wanted Germany, and the posting will be foul and your annual report will reflect that. Engage with the unit, learn, work, train and play hard, and your time will fly by and you will for ever have good memories of that unit. Your CR might be good, too.

But all of that is a long way in the future! Pass the course first!

I wish you luck with your career! And if you didn't want a career, then you might be in the wrong place!

Litotes
 
#4
Nog

Thats sound advice. Work hard play hard is a popular analogy because its true. Take every opportunity to get out and do sports, adventure training and all the social stuff too.

Get through basic training and your trade training and enjoy!!
 
#10
nog1 said:
can anybody let me no what units are the best to join? i would like to get posted in germany
I'm not REME but I'm (slightly) involved in this kind of thing and can tell you that out of 1277 VM (A) posts, 720 are currently located in Germany compared to 760 for 2200+ VM (B). So, statistically speaking, if you want the best chance of landing a posting in Germany, try to get streamed VM (A) rather than VM (B).

Hope that helped!
 
#11
wedge35 said:
nog1 said:
can anybody let me no what units are the best to join? i would like to get posted in germany
I'm not REME but I'm (slightly) involved in this kind of thing and can tell you that out of 1277 VM (A) posts, 720 are currently located in Germany compared to 760 for 2200+ VM (B). So, statistically speaking, if you want the best chance of landing a posting in Germany, try to get streamed VM (A) rather than VM (B).

Hope that helped!
Thanks wedge, dunno where you got your info from but useful for nog1.

nog1, just to explain a bit of what wedge said, VM (A) is working on tracked stuff like tanks, where as VM (B) is wheeled stuff like trucks and Land Rovers.

But as Litotes said earlier, that's a long way in the future, just keep it in mind ;-)

Anyone know how this is decided these days? Is it just next 12 blokes for the next available course?
 
#12
Yeah but its now called something like 'Attendance relative apptitude non-biased selection' or some such bowlacks..........

Mind you thats how they did it when I turned up, but the BRATS got to choose!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? Still, I'm handsom AND a B Mech/U Mech/whatever...........
 
#13
thanks for the info everyone, i was thinking about going for b mech just so id have something to fall back on in civi life. is it that good for civi life as from what i no il only be working on land rovers and that??
 
#14
Having been a B Mech I would say go A if you're given the opportunity. The junior course covers the same basics and when you get to upgraders you just spend a bit more time on tracked kit. The overlap betweenthe equipment types you'll train will mean that if you're an A mech you can do anything a B mech can, but if you're B mech you're limited to wheels and light tracks - Saxon, CVR(T), 430s etc. To be more employable in the future I would say go A.
 
#16
nog1 said:
thanks for the info everyone, i was thinking about going for b mech just so id have something to fall back on in civi life. is it that good for civi life as from what i no il only be working on land rovers and that??
Don't fall for that train of thought, I did many years ago and regretted it for a long time. Go A Mech if you get the choice, you will be attached to units at the sharp end of a Battle Group rather than the mobile shower and bath unit at the rear; in general you will have a far more interesting career. You will gain the same qualifiactions as A or B so don't worry about when you get out too much, anyway I'm sure that you will have a full career, get to ASM, LE commission and then retire and play golf??

If you do opt for B Mech theres a lot more to it than LR, you'll work on everything from Armoured Personnel Carriers, Tank Transporters, Wheeled Bridge Layers, a wide range of other heavy and light wheeled vehicles, generators, plant vehicles, the OCs lawnmower and many others.
 
#17
Now let's not confuse the young lad with your childish banter. A decision of such should be made based on reasoned arguement, not just the so easily said retort of the many without any variety in their vocabulary, who can't remember where the oft repeated quote came from anyway. :lol:

And notice how I was hoping to help someone not make the same mistakes as me..
 
#18
Being a VM myself, my suggestion is to transfer to another trade as soon as you can.

Why join as a VM? Slow promotion (staging on the gate for +6 years, while the 6 month 18 year old full screw tech sits in the guard room eating Pizza). Waiting on in the Screws mess on those same Techs for next to no ED pay. While you get to drive thier trucks for them on Ex. And he gets a bunk while four Cfn's are squeezed into a 2/3 man room.

Career ceiling at WO2 however no real prospect of reaching SSgt until at least 16-18 years and even less WO2 prospects, unless you go Tiffy (which you should at the earliest opportunity).

Fixing the Armys consistantly crap kit in the pishing rain with no tools and no spares back up, unreal deadlines while the tech storeman sits in the back of his Bedford with the Coy's supply of Kero heaters on full blast and then the RSM takes your workforce away for areas or snow clearance that the Civvies are contracted to clear and wonders why he's Rovers are still non-taskworthy.

Dont even start me on tour frequency!

But hey I'm not bitter...wish someone had educated me all those years ago!

Good Luck to you and if you get posted into my LAD be prepared to graft!!!
 
#20
soldier1uk... get a life. If the promotion is soooo bad for vms they'd have no WOs or LEs now would they. As for the spankers, they get promoted on the strength of CRs just the same as the rest of us... ie the reporting process sucks, not necessarily the blokes. As for them getting a bunk whilst all and sundry bedhop, you obviously havent been getting around the block much these days. For someone that calls himself a vm, your doing all you can to ensure that no-one else would want to follow this sacred path!!

nog1, it's a good varied career to follow and inevitably you'll get out what you put in... as for the graft, we're all doing that but get significant perks thrown in. Oh yeh, VMA (tracks and heavy metal) IMHO is the better choice... better postings, better units and a real chance to get dirty, legally.
 

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