Bump in the road, now I'm stuck.

Hello all,
Having just got off the phone with my CSM my application to join the army has crumbled. Basically my first choice was Intel Corps, and was really the only corps I was actually 110% interested in out of my choices, but It turns out that despite the fact I have a set of solid A levels behind me, the Army doesn't recognise 5 of my GCSES (I have 8 C or above) which is a real bummer since I was a typical immature 14 year old who couldn't care less about school at the time and are no reflection on my actual ability.
Now my problem is trying to chose something to replace it, I've always wanted to be a soldier but as I've grown up and spoke to family members and friends who are serving, they all tell me to pick a role that will give me something for life outside, and those that haven't done that are always complaining that they should have. I have been on the role finder all morning and there's so many options I don't even know what to do, I feel like I'll just be picking roles for the sake of it, I only have one choice that appeals to me which is paras, but trying to justify it to my family would be a ball ache considering they are all military and know far more than me, and with a few of them being booties it probably wouldn't go down well.
Sorry for the long dribble, but can anyone offer any advice at all? I'd love to do as much 'soldiering' as possible but don't really want to be your bog standard rifleman, I just feel like it would be a waste of my education and intelligence.
Thank you
J
 
All this rubbish about picking a role or trade for a life outside is absolute bollocks. The Army will provide you with more than enough skills for a life after the military, regardless if you serve 4 years or 40.

If you really want to join the int corps it is still a possibility - you can go and get the GCSEs required, or you can join up in a different Arm or Corps, complete the necessary education (which the Army will support you with) then attempt it.

If your aim is to eventually transfer then you need to stay away from pinch point trades. Go for an RLC trade like driver or logistics specialist.
 
Hello all,
Having just got off the phone with my CSM my application to join the army has crumbled. Basically my first choice was Intel Corps, and was really the only corps I was actually 110% interested in out of my choices ...

Have you thought about AMD? Technically, they're an Inc, not a Corp, but there are many similarities.
 
Sorry for the long dribble, but can anyone offer any advice at all? I'd love to do as much 'soldiering' as possible but don't really want to be your bog standard rifleman, I just feel like it would be a waste of my education and intelligence.

I doubt they would have you with a smug attitude like that anyway. You clearly are still a bit immature as the infantry have some of the most switched on and intelligent blokes I've ever met in there.
Don't ever make the mistake of beliving that your perceived level of intelligance equates to anything. You'll be in for a nasty shock if you do.
 

Drivers_lag

On ROPS
On ROPs
Hello all,
Having just got off the phone with my CSM my application to join the army has crumbled. Basically my first choice was Intel Corps, and was really the only corps I was actually 110% interested in out of my choices, but It turns out that despite the fact I have a set of solid A levels behind me, the Army doesn't recognise 5 of my GCSES (I have 8 C or above) which is a real bummer since I was a typical immature 14 year old who couldn't care less about school at the time and are no reflection on my actual ability.
Now my problem is trying to chose something to replace it, I've always wanted to be a soldier but as I've grown up and spoke to family members and friends who are serving, they all tell me to pick a role that will give me something for life outside, and those that haven't done that are always complaining that they should have. I have been on the role finder all morning and there's so many options I don't even know what to do, I feel like I'll just be picking roles for the sake of it, I only have one choice that appeals to me which is paras, but trying to justify it to my family would be a ball ache considering they are all military and know far more than me, and with a few of them being booties it probably wouldn't go down well.
Sorry for the long dribble, but can anyone offer any advice at all? I'd love to do as much 'soldiering' as possible but don't really want to be your bog standard rifleman, I just feel like it would be a waste of my education and intelligence.
Thank you
J

What Dingerr said, except for the transferring bit... be a really bad idea getting into something already planning to get out. Night school is a doddle anyway. I did 3 gcse's in one hit at night a few years ago. Go back if that's all that's stopping you.

Why don't the army recognise yours? They in needlework or something?

Fcuk what your rellies will say. Do what you think will make you happy.

And do yourself a favour - don't cut about here saying you're too smart for the infantry. It won't win you any friends.
 

Glad_its_all_over

ADC
Book Reviewer
A number of questions:

a. How are five of your GCSEs not recognised?
b. What are the gaps in your qualifications you need to fill in order to be considered for the Int Corps (note here that Intel make processors and in the British service, we refer to "int").
c. How keen are you to be a rufty-tufty field soldier? If "very" then don't hesitate, bang in for infantry or light cavalry.

On a couple of general notes, don't join a Corps or Regiment on the basis that you want to leave it downstream, that way lies frustration and pain - plus, the Corps or Regiment you join is not that likely to be impressed. Don't assume infantry are thickos and the Int Corps are all sherry-sipping Fellows of Trinity College, either - there are some very, very smart people in the close combat line of work and, to my eternal embarrassment, some right donkies in God's Own Corps of Green Slime.
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
Might seem a very random question, are you in the reserves already?
 
I doubt they would have you with a smug attitude like that anyway. You clearly are still a bit immature as the infantry have some of the most switched on and intelligent blokes I've ever met in there.
Don't ever make the mistake of beliving that your perceived level of intelligance equates to anything. You'll be in for a nasty shock if you do.
I didn't mean it in that way, sorry that you took offence.. I have family and friends in the infantry and I'm not saying that unintelligent people join the infantry. It was just striking to have serving infantryman telling me not to join when I expected them to be bias.
A number of questions:

a. How are five of your GCSEs not recognised?
b. What are the gaps in your qualifications you need to fill in order to be considered for the Int Corps (note here that Intel make processors and in the British service, we refer to "int").
c. How keen are you to be a rufty-tufty field soldier? If "very" then don't hesitate, bang in for infantry or light cavalry.

a. I got my Maths and English, just only got Ds in the Sciences, and the rest with an exception of a couple are not recognised, probably for being to naff, like PE.
b. I only need 1 more recognised GCSE
c. I'd say I want a good mixture of both, although I know that probably wouldn't be possible.
 
I doubt they would have you with a smug attitude like that anyway. You clearly are still a bit immature as the infantry have some of the most switched on and intelligent blokes I've ever met in there.
Don't ever make the mistake of beliving that your perceived level of intelligance equates to anything. You'll be in for a nasty shock if you do.

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Joker62

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All this rubbish about picking a role or trade for a life outside is absolute bollocks. The Army will provide you with more than enough skills for a life after the military, regardless if you serve 4 years or 40.

This is true, since leaving Dingerr has joined a dwarf throwing troupe as the headline star :)

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chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
I did a brief stint whilst I was still in sixth form, I couldn't devote enough time whilst studying and playing rugby though.

Ah, not who i thought you were then :)
 

sup rec

LE
Book Reviewer
All this rubbish about picking a role or trade for a life outside is absolute bollocks. The Army will provide you with more than enough skills for a life after the military, regardless if you serve 4 years or 40.

If you really want to join the int corps it is still a possibility - you can go and get the GCSEs required, or you can join up in a different Arm or Corps, complete the necessary education (which the Army will support you with) then attempt it.

If your aim is to eventually transfer then you need to stay away from pinch point trades. Go for an RLC trade like driver or logistics specialist.

logistic Specialist is a pin point trade so there would be no chance to transfer from there.
 

sup rec

LE
Book Reviewer
Back to the original points - The Army recognises all of your GCSE's.

The problem you have is that the Int Corpswill only accept certain GCSE's for their trades. As you know you need 5 GCSE's at grade C and above. Two of these must be Maths and English Language. The other three must come from; History, Geography, Science (Double science counst as two GCSE's), Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Business Studies or any Language.

If you cannot make the five required from the list above then that is why you are inelligible for the Int Corps.
 

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