Discussion in 'Sappers' started by jeffrey_2005, Jul 14, 2005.

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  1. Hi, I have had my medical and just waitng to hear back form the recruitment office, I am thinking about joining the army as a bricklayer and I was just wondering if any one had any useful info for me and what i should be expecting? Cheers.
  2. If I were you I'd expect to see cement, sand, trowel, level, line and bricks.......Oh and a shovel.
  4. 2 options:
    Get on a building site first, learn the trade, earn roughly £120 a day. Age prematurely(depending on how many bricks you lay). Lech at women. Safe in the knowledge you will do a good days graft for the next 20 years come rain or shine.


    Join the Wedgeheads, be a bricky, hardly ever use it in real time, not quite earn £120 a day. Lech at women. Safe in the knowledge you have somthing to fall back on when you leave. Between then and now abusing the system for every Adventourous/Trade/Ad Quals course you can get on. Putting Thousands of pounds worth of courses under your belt, paid for by the Tax payer.

    You choose! :)

    p.s if you dont ask, you dont get!

  5. Joining the Army as bricklayer!!

    Christ you must have been the star pupil at your school.

    Sorry to sound defamatory but is that the highest that your sights reach??

    The Army has hundreds of specialisms, WHY bricklayer??
  6. Don't knock bricklaying. Round my way if you know what you're doing, turn up on time and get the job done you can make a very good living. Combine it with a spot of carpentry, maybe some plastering and you'll never be short of work for the rest of your life.
  7. Now, now brickies need love too :lol:
  8. With an artisan trade you'll just find yourself oggying for the next 20-odd years anyway, so just choose the trade that keeps you in Chatham's loving bosom for longest!
  9. I went the other way, left the army and became a brickie - much more money that way.
  10. When i joined i did my A2 in 92/94 never touched another brick until my A1 IN 97 never touched another brick until 05
    when i left to become a Bricky in civie street.

    Bit dificult trying to explain my experience to employer, but got the quals and he was happy, only prob i have at the moment
    is that next to my work mates i am like a snail.

    I have learnt alot more in the last few months on site than i did on any of the courses i done in the army
  11. i think that you will find that is the same across all trades throughout the corps, i am fortunate that i actually do my trade day in dat out(sparky) so that when i get out, not too long now, i should be up to speed & not look as out of place like you say. good luck with the bricky work in the province there are plenty of spare bricks laying in the streets every week night!!!!
  12. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Book Reviewer Kit Reviewer Reviews Editor

    If it was good enough for Winston Churchill (card carrying member of brickies [not bikkies!] union) then it should be good enough for Arrsers.
  14. Why not?......I joined as a bricklayer......I have gained all out of the army i could ever wish for....and more.....judging by your name you have no capacity to comment on what an artisan tradesman can either do or is capable of fulfilling.
  15. I was looking at the same career path.
    Just wondered if anyone could shed any light on the career prospects. (anyone here gone down the same route)
    I am in uni doing an engineering degree but want to go in the army and jack uni in.
    Came across the Clerks of Work option, seems a good choice a few years down the line but is it a pi$$ on trying to get onto it? Does having A levels help?